More Kentucky high school students than ever are taking Advanced Placement classes with many of them earning college credit as a result of the scores they receive on the end-of-course exams for AP classes. In fact, the percentage of Kentucky students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams has more the doubled since 2003
The historic Thomas Edison House in the Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville is using the occasion of the 167th birthday of the famous inventor and scientist to throw a five-hour party that, among other things, will remind of Edison’s little known Kentucky connection.
Kentucky State Police have issued a warning for residents to beware of a telephone scam that so far has only been reported in Harlan County, but if it works in bamboozling innocent people out of their money there, it is a certainly it will expand to other counties.
A public service
In a continuing effort to make it easier for individuals to receive information about highway projects, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has launched a user-friendly Web portal that will enable anyone with Internet access to receive more information about highway projects in Kentucky than most of us would ever need or want.
Although it is far from being a “sure thing,” there are growing indications that the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly will enact a law banning most smoking in public throughout the commonwealth.
With scores of water line breaks leaving hundreds of area residents unable to get the essential resource they need to wash their clothes, take a bath or shower, flush the commode and safely drink, power lines falling from the weight of ice and snow resulting in thousands of other area residents being without electricity, and area school systems missing so many days that it may be the middle of June before this school year ends, what other bad things can possibly happen as a result of this harsh winter?
A little more than a week after the Republicans leadership in the Kentucky Senate delayed a vote on a constitutional amendment to abolish the office of state treasurer because it lacked the votes to send the bill to the House of Representatives, the Senate has approved the bill by a vote of 23-15 with one Republican and all Democrats opposing it.
When hiking in the beautiful hills of this region, one should not be surprised to encounter black bears, a herd of elk and more deer than you can count. However, it is doubtful many hikers expect to see wild horses on the trail. After all, rampaging packs of wild horses may be a problem in some western states, but not in eastern Kentucky, right? Wrong.
A minor change
In an ideal world, all people would wear helmets when riding all-terrain vehicles simply in the interest of safety, but effectively enforcing a law that would require all ATV riders to wear helmets would be mission impossible. That’s why we have no strong objections to Senate Bill 64 that would slightly expand the instances when people can operate ATVs without helmets.
A tragic fire that killed a mother and eight of her children in the southwestern Kentucky town of Greenville provides a grim reminder of the need to use caution when heating homes during cold weather.
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