Archives for January 2020

Mining Accident Death Report

Two dozen people died in mining accidents in the U.S. last year, the lowest nationwide total ever recorded, according to the Department of Labor.Among them were 11 deaths in coal mines, including four in West Virginia and four in Kentucky, according to data from the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The coal mine total matched the tally from 2018.The mine safety agency said it was reviewing two other deaths that could add to the total of 24.

Immigration Discussion In Kentucky

A Republican-backed bill to ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky started advancing after an emotional hearing Thursday. Opponents predicted the measure would spread fear among immigrants despite assurances that there’s no cause for concern.The measure – plunging Kentucky lawmakers into the immigration issue – cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee after a nearly two-hour hearing.

Controlling The Asian Carp

Federal and state officials will use an experimental fishing method next month at Kentucky Lake in an attempt to reduce the infestation of Asian carp.The three-week joint effort by federal and state Fish And Wildlife officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority will begin on Monday.Officials said public boating access to Smith and Pisgah bays will be impacted.The fishing method is inspired by a traditional Chinese fishing technique. It involves setting a series of nets, underwater speakers and electrofishing gear to corral the carp.

University Of Kentucky Cancels China Travel

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus from China. Chinese officials report nearly 8,000 cases including 170 deaths as of Thursday evening.In the US, federal officials confirmed the first “person to person” case in Illinois. The spread of the disease has some taking extra precautions. News outlets are now reporting the Univeristy of Kentucky says it’s not allowing students or staff to travel to China.The Kentucky Chinese American Association has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for people in China impacted by the coronavirus.

Shelter Lacks Funding

Open Arms Animal Shelter in Louisa, owned and operated by the Lawrence County Humane Society, is out of funding.They rely on public donations to pay for electric bills, veterinarian bills, and the facility’s maintenance.“It’s like rags to riches for these animals. So my hope is that people will fall in love with Lawrence County Humane Society and help us keep it going,” said Board Director Karen Salvaterra. “And without them, we can’t keep it going. It won’t last much longer.”This location receives a contract payment from the county for taking in animals. They say the 22-hundred per month isn’t enough to cover what’s going out.

Damage Done To Local Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is seeing an increase in illegal activity that is damaging national forest lands across southwest Virginia and is asking for the public’s help in reporting such incidents.The Clinch Ranger District of the Washington & Jefferson National Forests says incidents of vandalism, littering, and illegal off-roading are on the rise in Dickenson, Lee, Scott, and Wise counties in Virginia and Letcher and Pike counties in Kentucky.

Schools Fighting The Flu

For the past couple of weeks, school districts across Southern and Eastern Kentucky have canceled classes, hoping to shake the flu and flu-like symptoms.”Knowing that our kids are getting sicker to try and help stop the spread of flu we decided to take the next couple of days off,” said Denise Yonts, superintendent of Letcher County Schools.Letcher County Schools have canceled classes and all after-school activities for the rest of the week as a result of declining attendance numbers. District officials plan to be back in class the beginning of next week.

Taxing Smoking Products For Increased Revenue

Gov. Andy Beshear is aiming to boost funding for the state of Kentucky by taxing cigarettes and vaping products.The cost of cigarettes would be raised 10 cents a pack under his proposal, however, the impact on vaping would be much more dramatic: 10 cents more per milliliter on vaping liquid means a typical bottle would cost about $6 more.

Time For Shop and Share

This year’s ‘Shop & Share’ drive to benefit survivors of domestic violence takes place on Saturday.First Lady Britainy Beshear, Governor Andy Beshear, Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV) and Kroger worked together to set up the drive.Shop & Share is February 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Store in Kentucky are participating, as well as some IGA and Save-A-Lot locations.Each store will have a list of items needed in KCADV shelters and shoppers can drop those items off at participating locations.

Rural KY Gets Broadband Boost

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $55.3 million in four, high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in rural Kentucky.These projects, part of the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments, will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for more than 12,250 rural households and nearly 100 farms and businesses across Kentucky and northern Tennessee.