Critics of Kentucky's proposed new death penalty method have asked officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out now that the state is switching to a one or two-drug lethal injection. During a hearing in Frankfort, public defenders, anti-death penalty activists, and private attorneys said the rules the Commonwealth wants to put in place have multiple problems, including that condemned inmates aren't allowed access to their attorneys on the day of execution.
The latest figures from the state reveal that Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted preliminary unemployment rate has increased again. Kentucky’s manufacturing sector lost 500 jobs in August, compared to the previous month,and the professional and business services sector lost 600 jobs last month. Employment in the educational and health services sector dropped by 800 jobs in August.
A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of Kentuckians approve of Governor Steve Beshear’s job performance. Sixty-four percent of respondents say they either strongly approve or somewhat approve of the job Governor Beshear is doing, with 28% strongly or somewhat strongly disapproving.
The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates across the Bluegrass State have declined in the past year in 97 counties. However, the jobless rate increased last month to 8.3 percent. The figures are an indication of the uncertain outlook for employment.
Kentucky is switching to a single drug to carry out inmate executions, becoming the latest state to drop a three-drug mixture for lethal injections. New regulations filed today also give the state two drug options, either the anesthetic sodium thiopental or the barbiturate pentobarbital.
Kentucky’s jobless rate was unchanged in June, and still stands at eight-point-two percent. The state figures released by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet are consistent with the national unemployment rate.
Legendary Texas songwriter Billy Joe Shaver will be appearing twice in Kentucky this week. He's scheduled to perform in Bowling Green Thursday night and again at the Master Musician's Festival in Somerset this weekend.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Kentucky currently ranks second in the nation in terms of fatal All Terrain Vehicle accidents. Randy Chrisman of the Kentucky Farm Bureau's Safety and Rural Health Advisory Committee says residents of the state need to remember that ATVs are "powerful machines that can cause serious injuries" if they aren't used properly.