Huge job losses in manufacturing and several other key sectors pushed Kentucky's unemployment rate to 8.4 percent in June.
The Office of Employment and Training released the latest numbers on Thursday, showing the manufacturing sector lost 3,200 jobs in June.
The education and health services sector, another of several big losers, was down 1,500 jobs. The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 1,200 jobs. The professional and business services sector shrunk by 900 jobs. And the construction sector was down 700 jobs.
Seasonal hiring bolstered the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 7,700 jobs. The arts, entertainment and recreation sector added another 1,800 jobs. And the government sector grew by 700 jobs.
The Owensboro City Commission has voted to create a downtown entertainment district.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports the ordinance that passed Tuesday protects millions of dollars worth of investments in the downtown area, including the convention center, from being affected by a wet-dry election. The ordinance is allowed under a new state law that protects certain projects in precincts that have been voted dry.
Opponents argue the measure will encourage the sale of more alcohol.
The man who introduced the world's first single barrel bourbon has died at the age of 93. Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee passed away Tuesday morning following a brief illness.
Lee's connection to Kentucky's signature spirit began in 1949, when he started working in the engineering department of the George T. Stagg Distillery in Frankfort. In 1966, Lee was promoted to plant superintendent, and three years after that he became plant manager.
Lee's most lasting contribution to the world of bourbon came in 1984 when he introduced the first-ever single barrel bourbon, called Blanton's. Taking a cue from the scotch industry that gained popularity in the U.S. through single-malt varieties, Lee honed the technique of identifying and cultivating the best bourbon that could be produced in his distillery's warehouses. He took into account where the barrels were located in the warehouse, how often they were rotated, and how long the whiskey aged in the barrels.
In 1986, Buffalo Trace honored Lee by naming a line of single barrel bourbons Elmer T. Lee.
A Bowling Green man is asking Kentucky's top law enforcement officer to investigate why gas prices in the city are always 20 to 40 cents higher than in surrounding communities.
Edward Caston, a retired businessman, says he's not against businesses making a profit, but he thinks Bowling Green residents are being treated unfairly. Caston has gathered more than 25,000 signatures on a petition and believes that's enough to warrant the attorney general's attention.
"I'm gonna ask him if he wants ten thousand or 20,000 names. We'll just take our time and get the names," says Caston. "We want an investigation. "We want to know why and how they can get away with this for so many years."
Economists contend that price variations are are not necessarily indicative of price-gouging or price fixing.
Caston plans to deliver the petition to Attorney General Jack Conway's office on Wednesday.
The AG's office investigated gas prices statewide in 2008 and concluded that Marathon Petroleum has a monopoly on the wholesale gasoline market in Kentucky, which has led to higher prices. The study did not look specifically at Bowling Green.
The attorney general forwarded the investigation to the Federal Trade Commission, which took no action. The FTC was recently asked again to look at the findings.
An international information technology company is adding 1,300 new jobs at its facilities in London and Winchester, Kentucky.
The new General Dynamics positions will provide technical assistance for the implementation of the federal government’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The General Dynamics site in London will employ up to 1,000 people, with the Winchester facility taking on 300 new workers.
The company already employs 400 people at a site in Corbin.
The new positions are for customer service representatives who will work in call centers at the facilities.
General Dynamics is holding job fairs for prospective applicants July 20 and 27 at the Somerset Community College Laurel Campus in London from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Job fairs will be held in Winchester July 15 and 16 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus in Clark County.