A group of Kentucky firefighters is being sent to Utah to assist with wildfires burning in big timber and juniper grass. Kentucky Division of Forestry officials say 21 firefighters will gather Wednesday in London for a briefing before heading west.
The U.S. Forest Service notified the division Tuesday that assistance was needed. The division has a cooperative agreement with the Forest Service to provide assistance during forest fire emergencies.
"We are glad to be able to help. I am sorry for the situation they find themselves in but happy that we are able to respond.” said Leah MacSwords, Director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
The last time the division sent crews out of state was 2011 when firefighters were sent to Georgia and Florida where catastrophic wildfires were burning.
The Republican Party of Kentucky has confirmed that Senator Mitch McConnell will attend Fancy Farm. In a news release, McConnell challenged his most high-profile Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, to attend the event in western Kentucky as well.
So far, the count of prominent speakers for the 133rd annual Fancy Farm Picnicon the 3rd of next month is... one. Organizers say the first statewide elected official to accept an invitation to speak is Attorney General Jack Conway.
The AG's expected by many to run for Governor in 2015, but has been a regular at the picnic in recent years anyway. The event has historically been, since 1880, the place where Kentucky candidates kick off campaigns.
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals both had first round picks in the NBA draft Thursday night.
Former Wildcat Nerlens Noel was picked sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and Archie Goodwin was picked 29th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Following their picks, each player was involved in a proposed trade, with Noel going to Philadelphia and Goodwin to Phoenix.
Former Louisville Cardinal Gorgui Dieng was taken by the Utah Jazz with the 21st overall pick and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Peyton Siva was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round with the 56th overall pick.
It marks the fourth consecutive NBA draft that Kentucky was represented by multiple players in the first round of the draft. Dieng is the first Cardinal to go in the first round in four years.
Kentucky State Police say there is new information in the investigation into the shooting death of Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis.
An outside K-9 group got involved in the case, according to State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins, and the dog led investigators from the crime scene to a nearby pond. Chaffins says the Louisville Police dive squad is combing the pond for clues.
Chaffins adds, they're not sure what will turn up, but it's just part of the lengthy investigation in which they are leaving no stones unturned.
Officer Ellis was killed in the early morning hours of May 25, while he was cleaning tree limbs from a ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway.
Kentucky is among the most rapidly improving states in the nation when it comes to closing the achievement gap in schools.
Kentucky recorded better than expected gains in student achievement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act in a new national study.
The findings are among those in a recently released national study "The New State Achievement Gap: How Federal Waivers Could Make It Worse – Or Better" by Education Sector.
The study compares student gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) from 2003-11 in grades 4 and 8, reading and math for all students. Kentucky students recorded an overall gain of 28.2 points. That is better than the national average gain of 20 points.
Kentucky charted the fourth highest gains in the country behind Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey.