A multi-million dollar settlement between Kentucky and two pharmaceutical companies will fund a variety of drug treatment efforts.
Attorney General Jack Conway’s office announced Monday that over $32 million in settlement money will go toward expanding drug treatment centers, treatment scholarships and juvenile drug services.
The Substance Abuse treatment Advisory Committee will oversee the disbursement of the funds. It was created by Gov. Steve Beshear, and will be chaired by Conway.
The efforts are a response to the growing heroin abuse problem in Kentucky, which is the target of bipartisan legislation introduced in the General Assembly that could charge dealers with homicide in the event of an overdose death.
In 2012, heroin overdose deaths in Kentucky rose by 550 percent.
A Noah’s Ark biblical theme park planned for northern Kentucky could collapse without more bond buyers. Bloomberg News reports about $29 million in unrated municipal bonds need to be purchased by February 6 in order to make the park a reality.
An email sent to supporters by the head of the Christian non-profit group Answers in Genesis said that construction funding will fall short unless the proceeds are found.
The same group behind the northern Kentucky Creation Museum is hoping to build the Ark Encounter theme park, complete with a 510-foot wooden ark.
Bloomberg says industrial-development bonds are considered the riskiest municipal debt because they lead to the highest proportion of defaults in the municipal market.
Wind chills have plunged well below zero across Kentucky as a blast of arctic air forced schools to cancel classes Monday.
Temperatures dropped into the low single digits across the state early Monday, and wind chills plummeted to 19 below at Louisville and minus-14 in Lexington and Bowling Green.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews report highways were generally in better condition than expected Monday morning as wind overnight helped to dry pavement surfaces. Still, motorists are urged to use extreme caution due to the threat of black ice forming where moisture remains on the pavement.
A Kentucky man on a sex offender registry is pushing the state's Supreme Court to allow him to take the bar exam and become a practicing lawyer.
Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith, of Lexington, plans to ask the justices by Jan. 13 to reconsider a decision that he lacks the moral character to join the bar.
Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his law school class, but the Kentucky Supreme Court last month blocked him from taking the bar exam because he is on the registry.
Hamilton-Smith pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a child in March 2007 and received a five-year suspended sentence. He was also required to register as a sex offender until 2027.
Funeral arrangements have been announced for Margaret Mary Ryan Huddleston, the Warren County Circuit Family Court Judge who passed away Friday after a battle with cancer.
A funeral mass for Judge Huddleston will begin at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Bowling Green with burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the J. C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.
Visitation will continue on Wednesday in the Pentecost Room at Holy Spirit Catholic Church from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Ryan Huddleston Scholarship Fund, c/o Independence Bank, 1950 Scottsville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42104 or to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of South Central KY, Inc., P.O. Box 867, Bowling Green, KY 42102.
With near record cold temperatures and wind chills expected to blanket Kentucky, efforts to keep everyone warm were being made across the state.
A blast of arctic air pushed across the Bluegrass on Sunday night and early Monday morning, bringing temperatures near or below zero and wind chills dropping to as much as 20 below zero in some parts of the state.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says the main concern is roads soaked by the rain preceding the cold front freezing quickly as the temperature plummets.
Louisville and Lexington both opened warming shelters around the cities, with the mayors also calling on people to check on family members and neighbors.
The National Weather Service forecast called for highs near zero on Monday and into the teens on Tuesday.