State Agency Under Review

Aug 6, 2013

The state agency responsible for Kentucky's response to weather disasters and other emergencies has been slammed by auditors who are reporting misuse of taxpayer money, intimidation of employees and an overtly hostile workplace.

Mt. Olivet Raises Payroll Tax

Aug 6, 2013

The City of Mount Olivet is raising its payroll tax by one percent. Mayor Linda Reed says city council reluctantly made the choice Monday (August 5) night in the face of budget hardships brought on by cuts in state funding and the need to make improvements to its sewer and water system.

“We lost the income from the school when it moved out into the county and we’ve lost quite a bit of money this year. We’re gonna try and pick the school back up. It’s been one cent here ever since we first put the tax on, that’s all it’s ever be….one cent on the dollar.”  --Linda Reed

Bluegrass Pipeline Opposition Rally Planned

Aug 6, 2013

Some Kentucky landowners and members of the organization MoveOn.org plan a Wednesday (August 7) afternoon rally in Frankfort to express their opposition to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Spokeswoman Corlia Logsdon says they’ll gather at 3 o’clock at the State Capitol to deliver to Governor Beshear petitions containing the signatures of more than two-thousand people who want the project stopped. Logsdon says the pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through the country’s heartland and pose a threat to public safety.

Abramson Rules Out Governor Post

Aug 6, 2013

Kentucky's Lieutenent Governor is taking a pass on the 2015 governor's race. Speaking Tuesday (August 6) in Elizabethtown, Jerry Abramson said he will focus on education issues during his remaining time in Frankfort. Abramson has been on the short-list of potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates, but he said he is no longer interested in running for public office.

Ashland Riverfront Business Development

Aug 6, 2013
City of Ashland Webcam

Heavy rains this summer and high water on the Ohio River will not impair the city’s efforts to encourage more business development along the waterfront…That’s the view of Ashland Vice-Mayor Kevin Gunderson. 

Steady precipitation last month during Ashland’s annual “Summer Motion” celebration caused the river to spill over the city’s boat dock and make for soggy grounds in its Veterans Park. However, Gunderson says the festival was a success anyway and he doesn’t think entrepreneurs will shy away from investing in opportunities along the river…

Governor Beshear on School Funding

Aug 6, 2013

Governor Beshear says Kentucky schools should get more money when the General Assembly approves a new state budget next year. He says they need additional support to help prepare students for the 21st Century economy…

"We are going to work very hard in this upcoming session…hopefully to find revenues that we can increase our educational funding." - Governor Steve Beshear    

Tobacco Diversification Needs

Aug 6, 2013

A Bath County farmer who has just been re-appointed to Kentucky’s Agricultural Development Board says more of the state’s tobacco settlement money should be spent in the eastern and central parts of the state. Betty Bailey serves on the 15-member panel that decides on applications for use of the funds.

She says too many farmers from her region are having difficulty transitioning from tobacco to alternative crops…

With classes for the fall semester starting Thursday, the Rowan County School District is gearing-up for the expected traffic backups that will encircle its facilities.

Superintendent Marvin Moore and other district officials spent today talking about the situation with leaders of the Morehead Police Department, the Rowan Sheriff’s Department and the Kentucky State Police.

According to Moore, their assistance should help get the district’s traffic problem solved quickly…


A Jessamine County woman has been killed in a three-vehicle crash in Rowan County. The Fleming-Mason Airport has received a federal grant to expand a safety area around its runway…and one of the biggest heroin busts in Scioto County history took place late last week in West Portsmouth.

Seat Belt Use Increases

Aug 5, 2013
Insurance Journal

Many drivers say seat belts scare them.  They worry about being trapped in a sinking car.  However, a state highway safety official says such fears are unwarranted.  Bill Bell, who directs the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, says a seat belt gives you better odds of survival.

Kentucky's Science Standards Could Evolve

Aug 5, 2013
Education News

The chair of the Kentucky Board of Education doesn’t expect the controversy over newly-adopted science standards to lead to a change in those standards before they're implemented.

The standards were developed by an independent consortium of 26 states, including Kentucky. The new standards are based around scientific research and include more lessons around climate change and evolution, among many other topics.

Fleming County Butterfly Refuge

Aug 5, 2013

Kentucky has just a fraction of the butterflies it did a decade ago because the habitat they need to reproduce is being destroyed…That’s according to the President of the Fleming County Garden Club Dana Sorrell.

That’s why, says Sorrell, the club has developed a Monarch Way Station in the hopes of getting butterflies to land, eat and lay eggs. She says butterflies need milk weeds and other types of flowers that are now being wiped out by the herbicides and pesticides Kentucky farmers are using.

Fleming-Mason Airport Grant

Aug 5, 2013
Google Maps

The chairman of the Fleming-Mason Airport Board says a federal grant worth more than half a million dollars will help make landings safer at the facility. John Sims says the money will be used to buy property at the west end of the airport to expand a safety area…

"If an aircraft would overrun the end of the runway, you will have a 1000 feet protection zone to run out into grass area...not just drop off or hit trees. It's a major thing today to have that…just for protection." - John Sims


A Bath County boy has been found safe after being reported missing Thursday. An Ashland Blazer graduate has been tapped by President Obama to become the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service…and U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says it’s not likely the current Congress will pass any major reforms to the federal tax code.

Under the Dome Show

Aug 5, 2013
Health Matters Radio Show

#502 Show Summary (Under the Dome Show):

Remember – August is Hair Loss Awareness Month. Health Matters does not endorse any hair replacement product or technology. We do worry about West Nile virus, falling life expectancy in Eastern Kentucky, and tall women developing cancer. We will explain why this week.

Tip: We believe that municipal mosquito control efforts will need to be intensified in order to avoid outbreaks of West Nile virus infections.


Historic Mason County Cabin to be Moved

Aug 5, 2013
Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

One of May’s Lick’s most notable citizens is about to be recognized nearly a century after his death through restoration of his log cabin and a possible military promotion. 

Colonel Charles Young was the third African-American cadet to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and be commissioned as an army officer.  He died serving in Nigeria in 1922. Mason County judge executive “Buddy” Gallenstein says Young lived a life devoted to military and diplomatic services, but because of his skin color, he never achieved a higher rank than colonel…

Rowan Judge-Executive Jim Nickell says it’s a project that could bring a lot of jobs to his county.

He’s talking about a proposal that he recently received from Cave Run Energy LLC of Boulder, Colorado to build a hydroelectric power generating station at the Cave Run Lake Dam. It’s an idea that Nickell likes…

Grayson Rural Energy Saving Programs

Aug 5, 2013

The president of the Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative says the utility is trying to help its customers reduce their consumption of energy, as well as their bills, through audits and home weatherization programs. Carol Fraley says that’s especially important since so many of the households it serves are economically disadvantaged…

Fatal Accident in Rowan County

Aug 5, 2013

A multiple vehicle accident in Rowan County Saturday claimed the life of a Jessamine County woman.

47-year old Betty Mullins of Nicholasville was traveling eastbound on Interstate-64 near the 143-mile marker when she drove her SUV off the road's shoulder, over corrected into the west bound lane of traffic and struck a tractor trailer driven by 52-year old Vicky Johnson of Silver Bay Minnesota, and then hitting a SUV operated by 41-year old Bart Taylor of Oakland, Illinois.

Mullins was pronounced dead at the scene by Rowan County Coronor John Northcutt.

"Cockeyed" Opens at Pioneer Playhouse

Aug 5, 2013
Pioneer Playhouse/Central Kentucky Entertainment

The Pioneer Playhouse production of ‘Cockeyed’ begins Tuesday night on the Danville stage.  It’s a romantic-comedy about a philosophy major who turns accountant.  Joining the cast is a theater professor from Eastern Kentucky University.  EKU’s Steven Higgonbotham sees his work in Danville as clearing a path for his theater students.

Fancy Farm Showdown

Aug 4, 2013

The 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic was held this weekend in Graves County. Up until just a few weeks ago, many would have expected an off-year for the political event. But with high profile entrances into the 2014 U.S. Senate race, it can perhaps be said now there are no “off-years” at Fancy Farm.Under the massive bingo tent at the Fancy Farm Picnic, a victory is clear-cut. The first person to mark off five numbers in a sequence yells out “Bingo!” and is declared the winner. In the political arena just a few feet away, a win is far more difficult to call.

Lexington YMCA Hosts Back To School Rally

Aug 2, 2013
Travel Bags And More

This Saturday (August 3), Lexington’s YMCA will once again host its citywide Back to School Rally.  Volunteers will distribute some 8000 backpacks of school supplies at 18 different locations around Lexington.  Spokeswoman Julie Balog says that while children are the primary focus, the event is designed to engage the whole family.

McConnell Says Tax Reform Unlikely

Aug 2, 2013

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell does not expect any major tax reform legislation to pass in the current Congress. The Kentucky Republican accuses Democrats of pushing the issue to generate extra revenue for the federal government…

“Well, I honestly don’t see how we get there. Back in the 80’s, there was a bi-partisan agreement between President Reagan and Speaker Tip O’Neill that the whole purpose of comprehensive tax reform was to make the country more competitive, not to raise revenue for the federal government.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell

MCTC Bans Tobacco

Aug 2, 2013

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has become the latest school to adopt a tobacco-free policy. Jessica Kern is Director of Marketing and Public Relations at MCTC. She says this change reflects a growing desire among students and visitors…

Ashland Blazer Grad Tapped For IRS Post

Aug 2, 2013

President Obama’s nominee to head the Internal Revenue Service is a graduate of Ashland Blazer High School. 74-year-old John Koskinen is widely recognized as a corporate restructuring expert. He most recently served as chairman of mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. Koskinen was also deputy director for the federal Office of Management and Budget.

In an August, 2011 speech before the Chautaqua Institution in Washington, Koskinen talked about economic and housing policy. He also took questions from the audience…


Fleming County will hold a 4-H Rally Day August 6th for youngsters interested in competing for prizes in horticulture, arts and crafts and photography and sewing. A co-owner of the Proctorville Flea Market has been sentenced to prison on charges that he sold stolen items there…and an official with the Kentucky Department of Education thinks too many local school districts are neglecting capital projects to cover operational expenses.

Martin County High School Closed

Aug 2, 2013
Sheldon Clark High School - Martin County Schools

The doors of the only high school in Martin County will remain closed this school year.

WYMT reports the school board voted Thursday night to close Sheldon Clark HS after concerns were raised that nearby blasting was too dangerous. Officials say it was not an easy decision, and it is getting mixed reactions from people in the community. Hundreds of people came supporting their school and supporting their kids.

Fort Campbell Trims Military

Aug 2, 2013
Fort Campbell

The former commander of Fort Campbell is back on post this week preparing to help the Army slim down. He says some who thought they’d make a career of the military will have to leave. 

The Army is already marching its numbers down to fewer than 500,000 in uniform. And further budget cuts being considered could chop another 100,000 from the ranks at the post on the Tennessee/Kentucky line. Gen. John Campbell says being in the military is a privilege, not a right…

ARC Approves Grant To MSU For Dental Education

Aug 2, 2013
UK College of Dentistry

The Appalachian Regional Commission has approved a $400,000 grant to Morehead State University to launch the Appalachian Rural Dental Education Partnership Program. It’s a joint effort with the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and will increase awareness and support for dental careers among K-12 students in eastern Kentucky.


Chuck Mraz speaks with Health Matters host Dr. Tony Weaver.