WNBS NEWS, January 30, 2015

Highway crews across the 12 counties of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 plan to pre-treat area roadways in anticipation of a winter weather event with possible snow accumulation expected to arrive Sunday. At this time, there are indications of at least ½ inch of snow and possibly more as the forecast firms up. Highway crews will start pre-treating activities around 7 this morning. Motorists should be alert for slow moving trucks and support vehicles going about pre-treating activities. Brine spray trucks will remain on the road until approximately 5 p.m., in an effort to pre-treat as many miles of highway as possible before dark.

The American Association of University Women has awarded a grant for $3,200 to Murray State University for a campus project to fight stereotypes and biases as part of AAUW’s ongoing collaboration with Pantene. Each year, the grants provide funding to teams of students and faculty to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research, which includes the real-life effects of biases and stereotypes. The Women’s Center will use the funding to launch the High FIVE campaign which focuses on stereotypes and biases that prevent women from advancing to leadership positions. The underrepresentation of women in leadership roles is known as the Women’s Leadership Gap and the High FIVE campaign is aimed at challenging the stereotypes and beliefs that create such a gap.

The U.S. Senate yesterday approved legislation authorizing the application for the Keystone XL pipeline, following House passage of legislation earlier this month. Rep. Ed Whitfield praised the Senate’s passage and said he was pleased to see Congress work together in a bipartisan manner to address the issue. He added that President Obama should reconsider his veto threat so that we can work together to get this bill over the finish line. ”

Unemployment rates fell in all 120 Kentucky counties between December 2013 and December 2014, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training. This is the fourth time in the last five months that Kentucky has seen a year-over-year drop in all counties. Scott and Woodford counties recorded the lowest jobless rates in the Commonwealth at 3.7 percent each. Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent. Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.

Kentucky farmers can earn much-needed extra cash by enrolling in the Cooperative Dove Field Program. Enrollment is currently underway and continues until March 1. The Cooperative Dove Field Program pays landowners to lease fields on their property for public dove hunting. Farmers may plant an idle field to sunflowers, millet or another acceptable crop for a public dove field by working with a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife private lands biologist and following some simple guidelines. Payment amounts depend on the number of acres enrolled, crop type and fulfillment of the plot management agreement with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. To get the process started, landowners can call the department at 1-800-858-1549 for more information.

Dr. Ramesh Gupta, professor and head of the toxicology department at Murray State University’s Breathitt Veterinary Center, has authored a second edition of his textbook Handbook of Toxicology of Chemical Warfare Agents, which will be released in February. The new edition will expand on the recent advances in the chemical field. Nine new chapters include an overview of chemical weapons of mass destruction, explosives, the human respiratory system, brain injuries, testing methods and a case study of the Iran-Iraq war.

An inmate at Kentucky State Penitentiary stabbed several times by another inmate is said to be in stable condition. Investigators say 46-year-old Sean Noakes was attacked Thursday morning in a general population dormitory. Noakes is serving a life sentence for murder out of Boone County. The man who stabbed him was placed in segregation.

Kentucky’s 173 school districts are raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. The policy adoption was made possible by the passage of a Senate bill in 2013 known as the “Graduate Kentucky” bill. Governor Beshear praised the school boards on Thursday, saying students need to stay in school long enough to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become productive residents of the state. A majority of the districts will implement the change in the 2015-16 academic year.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is backing Jack Conway for governor. In a statement released Thursday, Grimes called him a tireless defender of Kentucky farmers and coal miners. Conway is the only major candidate seeking the Democratic nomination. Grimes was considered a potential candidate, but announced this week that she’ll run for re-election as Secretary of State.

Another healthcare company is bringing jobs to Louisville. Onco360 is moving its headquarters to the PharMerica building off Bluegrass Parkway in Jeffersontown this summer, creating 150 jobs. The company is an industry leader in providing oncology pharmacy services to doctors, patients and hospitals.

One of the Kentucky teenagers charged in a multi-state crime spree will return to court next week after an outburst during his first appearance before a judge. Dalton Hayes asked to be taken out of the courtroom yesterday when he saw reporters, citing a gag order blocking media access to him. A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for Hayes, who allegedly ran off with his 13-year-old girlfriend for two weeks while committing thefts in five states.

The best new cars on the market will be on display this weekend in Louisville. The Louisville Auto Show opens today at the Kentucky Exposition Center, offering car shoppers a look at dozens of cars, trucks and SUVs from nearly two-dozen automakers. You can get more information on tickets and show times online at

The deadline to submit entries to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Poster and Essay Contest has been extended to this Saturday to accommodate students in schools whose schedules have been disrupted by recent winter weather, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced. The contest theme is “Kentucky Agriculture: Growing the Next Generation of Farmers.” Cash prizes will be presented to the winners in March at the Kentucky Agriculture Day Celebration, and their work will be displayed at the Kentucky State Fair in August. A completed entry form must be taped or glued to the back of each entry. The name of the teacher and school must accompany each entry. Winners will be notified on February 20.

Defense attorneys in the Vanderbilt University rape trial are planning to file a motion to have the guilty verdict thrown out. They say before the trial started, one of the jurors failed to disclose that they were the victim of a sex crime more than a dozen years ago. Meanwhile, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are being held in the medical observation unit at the Metro jail until sentencing. Officials say the decision was made because of the high-profile case and because they have no prior convictions.

Perry County, Tennessee Schools are closed today because of a flu-like illness that’s sickened a large portion of students and staff. Officials say 21-percent of teachers were absent from the district on Thursday, making it hard to find enough substitute teachers. Classes are also canceled for Monday.

Dates are set for this year’s Nashville Fashion Week. The 2015 Kickoff Party will be held February 10th at The Rosewall. The recipient of the Nashville Fashion Forward Fund will be announced that night. Nashville Fashion Week will take place April 7th through the 11th.