May Jobless Rate Down In 119 Counties

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet this morning announced that jobless rates are down in all but one county in Kentucky. Russell County’s the only one with an increase.

Lowest:

  • Woodford — 3.8%
  • Fayette & Oldham — 4%
  • Owen & Shelby — 4.1%
  • Boone & Scott — 4.2%
  • Anderson, Campbell, Jessamine & Spencer — 4.3%

Highest:

  • Magoffin — 12.7%
  • Harlan — 11.1%
  • Leslie & Letcher — 10.3%
  • Russell — 9.7%
  • Clay — 9.5%
  • Knott — 9.3%
  • Breathitt — 9.2%
  • Elliott & Wolfe — 9.1%

Click here (Warning: PDF Link) to review the labor force estimates for yourself.

Remember, these are estimates and almost always end up changing. People who have stopped looking for work or are no longer on unemployment rolls aren’t really taken into consideration.

Minimum Wage Meltdown Has Begun

Jim Gray needs to get his house in order. The Lexington Division of Police violated Kentucky’s Open Records Act in January when it required a man seeking records about the 2010 shooting of a dog by a police officer to provide his address, the state Office of Attorney General has ruled. [H-L]

In responding to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, the crisis in Libya and efforts to advance Middle East peace, European leaders have stepped up their role after a real or perceived sense that the United States was drawing back. [HuffPo]

Here is some of the reaction to Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order on Monday that will raise the minimum wage for executive branch state workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour effective July 1. [C-J/AKN]

It has become a recurrent moment in Hillary Clinton’s speeches as she campaigns for the presidency: softening her voice to a hush, she says she wants to end the “quiet epidemic” of Americans dying from overdoses of painkillers and other drugs. [Reuters]

Local residents and visitors to downtown Morehead can expect some changes in the near future. [The Morehead News]

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking. [ProPublica]

Locust Grove, the 18th century home of the sister and brother-in-law of George Rogers Clark and William Clark, is growing industrial hemp. [WLKY]

The “Live from the White House” series is usually President Barack Obama’s show. But not all of his interviews with anchors from regional TV stations [last] week worked out quite as planned. [Politico]

“Location, location, location” has meaning outside the real estate business as well. [Glasgow Daily Times]

The unemployment rate went up slightly last month to 5.5 percent. But Friday’s report from the Labor Department also shows a healthy increase in jobs for May. [NPR]

Lexington shooting people so frequently it’s beginning to resemble Louisville. [WKYT]

The Norwegian Parliament voted Friday to remove coal investments from the country’s $890 billion government pension fund, which is considered the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world. [ThinkProgress]

Kentucky’s Republican primary for governor is now officially one of the closest statewide elections in state history. [H-L]

Judy Beals of Belleville, Wisconsin, was getting ready to pay for her groceries at the store earlier this year when she found out that her monthly food stamp benefits had been slashed from $120 to $16. [HuffPo]

The Minimum Wage Executive Order

Yesterday Governor Steve Beshear announced that state government employees would see a bump in pay effective July 1.

Tipped workers will see their pay doubled to $4.90 per hour and all other employees will earn at least $10.10.

Since many have asked to see it, here’s Beshear’s executive order:




THE ORDER — CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF

“When people work hard at a full-time job, they should have enough money to live on. Right now, at minimum wage, they don’t. That’s unacceptable,” said Gov. Beshear. “A raise of less than $3 per hour may be enough for some employees to move off government assistance programs. That empowers workers and lowers costs for taxpayers. Kentucky businesses should follow the example we’re setting as the state’s largest employer and raise the minimum wage for their workers.”

Frankfort wingnuts have been losing their minds and are allegedly scrambling to find a way to try to undo Beshear’s move.

Another Hospital Bites The Dust

New Horizons Medical Center, formerly Owen County Hospital, has filed for bankruptcy protection. [H-L]

Will Hillary Clinton’s campaign mimic the Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes campaign when it comes to zero access? [HuffPo]

Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer will be called to testify before a Kentucky legislative committee this month over allegations that his office is not physically examining taxable properties in accordance with state law. [C-J/AKN]

A plan for a new global research program aimed at driving down the costs of renewable energy more quickly has drawn serious interest from the world’s leading economies, its proponents say. [Reuters]

This, sadly, will surprise absolutely none of you. Per-student funding in Kentucky is falling behind other states per a recent report, and the news has the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy worried about the future for economic growth. [CN|Toot]

The number of people shot dead by US police is twice as high as official figures show. [BBC]

This week Greg Stumbo had his LRC staffers submit a column about Kentucky’s historical markers. [Floyd County Times]

On Wednesday, when President Barack Obama spoke at the US Coast Guard Academy’s commencement ceremony, he called climate change “an immediate risk to our national security.” In recent months, the Obama administration has repeatedly highlighted the international threats posed by global warming and has emphasized the need for the country’s national security agencies to study and confront the issue. [Mother Jones]

The coal business was the only business Tony Gray had ever known, having worked in the industry since he was 17. Then, at the age of 50, the bottom fell out of the industry in Gray’s native Clay County. [Hazard Herald]

Wondering what kind of people the Creation Museum attracts to Northern Kentucky? Check out this homeschool lady’s videos. This is why you should have to have a teaching certificate to homeschool. Good grief. [Here & Here]

The Harlan City Tourism and Convention Commission went over an assortment of routine business during the regular meeting on Tuesday, focusing on the economic impact of tourism on our region. [Harlan Daily Enterprise]

How the Red Cross raised half a billion dollars for Haiti and built just six homes. Kinda like they allegedly took the money and ran from West Liberty. [ProPublica]

The city of Lexington and a group that controls more than $12.8 million have entered into a new agreement that will give Fayette County more oversight of how federal workforce dollars are spent and will require that management of that money be bid competitively, city officials said. [H-L]

A judge has awarded more than $15 billion Canadian (US$12 billion) to Quebec smokers in a case that pitted them against three giant tobacco companies. The case is believed to be the biggest class-action lawsuit ever seen in Canada. [HuffPo]

Is Lex Envious Of The Lou Shootings?

If Matt Bevin’s ignorance and code words leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth, you’re not alone. [H-L]

As Congress prepares to give President Barack Obama expedited powers to “fast-track” trade deals through Congress, many U.S. steel mills and skeptics of Obama’s trade agenda are worried about steel dumping, the term commonly used to describe countries selling steel below market price. [HuffPo]

State contractors, Steve Beshear appointees to important state boards, and two directors of R.J. Corman Railroad Group were among the big givers to the Kentucky Democratic Party in April. [C-J/AKN]

In the dead of night, they swept in aboard V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. Landing in a remote region of one of the most volatile countries on the planet, they raided a village and soon found themselves in a life-or-death firefight. It was the second time in two weeks that elite US Navy SEALs had attempted to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers. And it was the second time they failed. [The Nation]

If the city administration’s budget plan is adopted, Richmond Tourism will no longer be the lead organizer and funder of three popular events. [Richmond Register]

Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul (R-Under the Bridge) ceded the Senate floor just before midnight Wednesday after more than 10 hours. [The Hill]

A former Carter County paramedic pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that she diluted pain medication belonging to Carter County Emergency Medical Services, according to court records. [Ashland Independent]

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose slightly more than expected last week, but the underlying trend continued to suggest the labor market was tightening. [Reuters]

Weeks after a video that rocked the county and brought into question the authorities of county officials was uploaded to Facebook, state officials have decided to take the first steps into looking into the case. [Hazard Herald]

If Jack Conway falls, it won’t be because of President Barack Obama and Kentucky racism. It’ll be because of Jack’s poor political decision making and the handful of shitty people he surrounds himself with. If he wants to win, he’ll turn over a new leaf (like he did with refusing to fight against marriage equality) and he’ll abandon the typical KDP tripe. [Politico]

A jury trial was set to begin June 1 for the alleged murder of two-year-old Nathaniel Jones but like the past six years, it will be delayed again. Tiea Jones and her former boyfriend, Brian Gallagher, were indicted in 2010 for murder and criminal abuse, first degree. [The Morehead News]

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the 15 cities with the biggest population increases were in the South and West — with two exceptions: New York City and Columbus, Ohio. [NPR]

A man was shot and wounded early Wednesday while walking through Martin Luther King Park, Lexington police said. [H-L]

It wasn’t that the intelligence community was giving the administration wholesale faulty intelligence. It was that the administration was lying to the American people about what the intelligence actually showed. [HuffPo]