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.