When the Academy Awards are presented in Los Angeles later this month, actress Jennifer Lawrence won't be the only Kentucky connection: Robyn Stuart of Frankfort is making candy for the Oscar Gifting Lounge--3,500 bourbon balls to be exact.
Stuart says she got her start watching her mom make bourbon balls around the holidays.
"That was her way of saying 'thanks' and so she gave them to the garbage man, the mail man, everybody she wanted to say thank you to," says Stuart.
A Kentucky National Guardsman will be awarded the Silver Star for saving the lives of fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. Captain Shannon Ison will receive the medal during a ceremony this weekend in Louisville.
Ison was a member of the 206th Engineer Battalion when he responded to a vehicle that had struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008. Ison pulled wounded soldiers from the vehicle while under attack by the enemy.
The Silver Star is the military's third highest honor for valor. A citation notes that without Ison's courageous acts, several lives would have been lost.
That Ray Lewis jersey you purchased may be a fake. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection operation has found nearly $3.5 million in counterfeit items at the UPS hub in Louisville and DHL hub in Cincinnati. Over 60,000 items were confiscated in just over a week including many Super Bowl jerseys, purses, wallets, watches, shoes, and electronics.
Customs officers typically find a lot of fake items surrounding big sporting events. Counterfeit items are usually easy to spot because of their poor quality, bad stitching, and possible misspellings. The jerseys have been confiscated and will be destroyed. They came from China and were headed to a number of different destinations. The investigation is continuing.
Drivers in Louisville spent more than 26,000 hours sitting in rush-hour traffc in 2011. That's according to a report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The annual study found Americans spent a total of 5.5 billion hours stuck in traffic.
The report shows each driver in Louisville was delayed a total of 35 hours at a cost of $776 in time and gas in 2011.
The good news: Louisville scored well in the overall rankings at No. 42.
Muhammad Ali's daughter knocked down rumors of her father being near death Sunday, saying he was at home watching the Super Bowl.
May May Ali said she talked to her father Sunday morning on the phone and he was fine. She said he was watching the Super Bowl at home in Arizona, wearing a Baltimore Ravens jersey.
The family later posted a photo on Twitter of Ali sitting in a chair wearing a Baltimore Ravens T-shirt.
The rumors were started by a report in a British tabloid quoting Ali's brother as saying the former heavyweight champion was near death. The report was widely repeated on the Internet, drawing expressions of condolences on Twitter and Facebook.
Ali suffers from Parkinson's disease. He celebrated his 71st birthday last month.
State and federal authorities are accusing a University of Kentucky athletics booster of running a massive pyramid scheme. A lawsuit has been filed against Fortune High-Tech Marketing, a Lexington company owned by Paul Orberson.
The self-made millionaire has donated more than $1 million to UK athletics. Attorney General Jack Conway says Fortune High-Tech scammed more 100,000 people out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Conway says 96% of people who bought into Fortune High-Tech lost their money.
Mother Nature is causing problems across much of Kentucky and southern Indiana, with freezing rain and sleet causing lots of travel issues.
In Louisville, numerous accidents have been reported on Interstates 65 and 64. South of Louisville, I-65 was shut down at milemarker 56 at the Barren/Hart County line after a bus slid off the road early this morning. Icy conditions are to blame. Access to the interstate has also been restricted in Hardin County from Elizabethtown to LaRue/Hart County because of multiple accidents.
Understanding that veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the population as a whole, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is launching two programs to help veterans find work. The Homegrown by Heroes initiative will place a label on food items produced by Kentucky veterans.
It's like the Kentucky Proud symbol, but includes a flag in the background and a veteran saluting.
"We've been getting calls from many other states and this is something I believe will be a nation model as a way to help market farm products by our military veterans," Comer remarked at a news conference Tuesday at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort..
Comer is launching another program called Kentucky Proud Jobs for Vets. The initiative will maintain a database of farmers and agri-businesses looking for workers. The database will be shared with military support groups like USA Cares. Comer says many people like hiring veterans because of their strong work ethic and service to the country.