Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Former state worker fined for mistreating women

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has finished its investigation into the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, fining a former assistant director on Monday for mistreating women.

Kenneth "Scott" King told female employees to wear short skirts and high heels to meetings in order to get what they want, according to a settlement agreement.

He also allegedly told one female employee to show him her breasts and would point out which body parts of his female employees he and other male supervisors preferred.

King was fined $2,750 and given a public reprimand.

King did not admit those allegations. But he did not contest the charges, according to a settlement agreement.

Eight current or former Fish and Wildlife employees have been fined more than $21,000 since January. The commission hired a new commissioner in May.

Kentucky ranks 13th for car crashes involving deer

Kentuckians have a better chance at hitting a deer with their car than drivers in most other states.

New data from State Farm shows Kentucky ranks 13th in the country for most deer crashes. The odds a Kentucky driver will hit a deer is 1 out 107. The national odds are 1 in 169.

For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia topped the list with 1 in 39 odds. Hawaii is the place you're least likely to hit a deer, with odds of 1 in 10, 281.

In Kentucky, drivers are most likely to hit a deer in the fall and early winter. October, November and December are the top months.

NTSB Looking at National Ban on cell phones while driving

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of electronic devices while driving.

The NTSB says with the increase in portable electronic devices, including cell phones, messaging, navigation systems and entertainment devices, they are seeing a disturbing growth in accidents due to distracted driving, often with deadly consequences.

They cite a study done by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety which found 70 percent of drivers reported talking on a cell phone while driving in a 30-day time frame Another 25 percent admitted to texting or email while behind the wheel, and another 35 percent admitted to reading text or emails while driving..

Along with vehicles, they want electronic device usage to be banned for those operating planes, trains, ships, pipelines and vehicles.

RAM in Virginia

It was another successful RAM event this past weekend.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kentucky selling tree seedlings

The Kentucky Division of Forestry is selling tree seedlings to the public.

Forestry officials say more than 50 species of tree are available, including white pine, bald cypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood, redbud, pawpaw, hazelnut and pecan.

Seedlings will be available for shipping from January through April; they can be purchased in bundles of one, 10 or 100 and range in price from .23 cents per tree to $5 per tree, depending on the quantity ordered. Seedlings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contract awarded for next phase of Ky. rail trail

A construction contract has been awarded for the next phase of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail in eastern Kentucky.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the Transportation Cabinet awarded the contract to Mountain Enterprises Inc. on a low bid of $1.47 million.

Beshear says the next phase will give people more area to explore on what will be Kentucky's longest rail trail when complete.

The first section of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail stretches 18 miles from Hagerhill in Johnson County to Royalton in Magoffin County. It opened to hikers, cyclists and horseback riders in summer 2013.

The second phase will extend the trail by nine miles from Royalton to near Carver Tunnel in Magoffin County, ending near the Breathitt County line. That phase is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

Precinct Election Officers Needed

Kentuckians are being encouraged to serve as precinct election officers in November.

There are at least four workers needed in each precinct, and with over 3,000 precincts statewide, that means 15,000 precinct workers across Kentucky.

To qualify you must be a registered voter, not have changed your party affiliation in the past year, and you can't be a candidate, or the spouse, parent, sibling or child of a candidate.

Call your county clerk or your party's county executive committee to find out more.