Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Poll Shows Slight Change

With two weeks to go before the November 4 election, a new Bluegrass Poll found Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in a near dead heat with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The poll - conducted for various media outlets - found the longtime Kentucky senator has a slight edge in the race with Grimes leading 44 percent to 43 percent. Libertarian candidate, David Patterson, remains a distant third. Just two weeks ago, a Bluegrass Poll found Grimes leading the race by two percentage points.

Groundbreaking for Marion’s Branch

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Marion’s Branch Industrial Park held yesterday indicates the start of phase one, which is a nearly six million dollar access road to the industrial park.

The next phase will be the building of an 8-million dollar bridge that will create easy access from US 23 to the site.

Senator Ray Jones says, "This project is vitally important to the growth of our region."

Leaders say the site will bring good paying, solid jobs to an economy that desperately needs diversity.

The Kentucky Transportation Department of Aviation announced that they will be donating nearly $750 Thousand for the 400 acre project.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Arrests made in Morgan County Murder Case

Kentucky State Police have arrested two people in connection to a murder investigation in Morgan County.

According to authorities, 20 year old Christopher S. Peyton of West Liberty was arrested and charged with the murder of Randy Williams.

55 year old Kimberly D. Peyton was arrested and charged with complicity to commit murder.

33 year old Randy Williams was found dead in a home Thursday.  Authorities say Williams was shot several time in the chest.

Both Peytons are lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Stalled policies find new life in Ky. counties

Kentucky's local governments are reviving a pair of proposals that have been bogged down at the state and federal level.

The Louisville Metro Council's Democratic majority is trying to increase the county's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. In more conservative areas, Republicans have pushed back by trying to pass local laws that would weaken unions.

The issues are playing heavily in the fall elections that could determine who controls the U.S. Senate and the state House of Representatives. Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has campaigned to raise the minimum wage while Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said he opposes the increase because he said it would cost jobs.

Republicans have promised to pass right-to-work laws should they win control of the state House of Representatives.

Appeals court rules in Kentucky electioneering ban

A federal appeals court has issued a ruling that will allow Kentucky to enforce its buffer zone prohibiting campaign activity on public property near polling places but not on private property.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday on a ruling by U.S. District Judge William O. Bertelsman, who said the state law violates First Amendment speech rights. He issued a permanent injunction Tuesday blocking the law's enforcement.

But a three-judge appeals panel lifted the part of the injunction that applies to public property or polling locations, allowing the state to enforce the electioneering ban on such property within 300 feet of the polls.

Another year, another small Social Security bump

For the third straight year, millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits can expect historically small pay increases come January.

Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2 percent.

That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary.

The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices.

By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year.

More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual increase.

The average monthly Social Security payment is a little less than $1,200 a month.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mountain Parkway Expansion begins

It’s been more than 50 years since the Mountain Parkway opened and yesterday, Gov. Steve Beshear and Eastern Kentucky leaders marked the beginning of the Mountain Parkway Expansion.

Initial construction on the Mountain Parkway Expansion will begin in a matter of weeks just west of Salyersville – the widening of nearly six miles of the existing parkway from two to four lanes, the addition of a new interchange and the modernization of two existing interchanges.

The 2014 Kentucky General Assembly supported Gov. Beshear’s plan to expand the parkway, providing funding to support pre-construction and construction work on all segments of the 46-mile corridor. The plan calls for widening about 30 miles of existing parkway from two to four lanes, and extended beyond Salyersville along Ky. 114 to Prestonsburg