State News in Brief

Local option sales tax bill clears Kentucky House

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky House of Representatives wants voters to decide whether to change the state’s constitution to allow for a temporary increase in local sales taxes to pay for big projects.

The House approved a bill Friday that, if approved by the Senate, would place the question on the ballot in November. If voters favor the change, it would allow local governments to raise sales taxes by up to 1 percent to pay for major projects, like bridges or roads. Voters would first have to OK the project. The tax would expire once the bonds were paid off.

Last year a similar proposal died in the Senate because manufacturers were concerned a sales tax increase would up energy costs. This year’s proposal exempts corporate utility rates from a sales tax increase.


Facility’s closing eliminates 338 Northern Kentucky jobs

HEBRON (AP) — A Georgia-based logistics and e-commerce firm has notified Kentucky officials that it is laying off 338 workers because it is shutting down its Boone County operations.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Mike Lloyd, Innotrac Corp.’s human resources manager, wrote in a letter to the Kentucky Career Center dated Tuesday that the workers at its Hebron facility will be laid off by July 2. The layoffs are scheduled to start in May.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Innotrac fills orders that come through websites such as eBay. It operates 10 fulfillment centers and one call center across the U.S.

In the past, the company has provided thousands of jobs to seasonal workers in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region during the holiday season.

An Innotrac representative could not be reached for comment.


Police name man accused of shooting deputy in Franklin

FRANKLIN (AP) — Authorities have identified the man arrested and accused of shooting a Simpson County deputy who was serving a warrant for a domestic violence assault in Franklin.

Kentucky State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said in a news release Friday that upon being released from a hospital, Ben Wyatt III was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, among other charges.

Police say Deputy Eddie Lawson was serving Wyatt with an arrest warrant Thursday afternoon when Wyatt shot Lawson and fled before being apprehended and hospitalized. The deputy was listed in stable condition.

It is unclear whether Wyatt has an attorney.


Zip line and rope ladder course opening in Louisville

LOUISVILLE (AP) — An adventure course built in the treetops of Jefferson Memorial Forest in Louisville is opening for its second season later this month.

The Treetop Adventure Course was built by the Go Ape company. The company says the course will have five zip lines, two Tarzan swings and several obstacles set up in the tree canopy. The course has five sections, each ending with a zip line.

The course was first opened to the public last year. It is opening for the season on March 19.

The course was developed through a partnership with Louisville Metro Parks.

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81-year-old time capsule discovered in American Legion post

OWENSBORO (AP) — Crews demolishing an old American Legion post in Owensboro have discovered an 81-year-old time capsule.

Scott Jagoe is with Jagoe Homes, the company that bought the property last year. He tells the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer there were rumors of a time capsule in the building. It was found inside the hollow 1935 cornerstone, placed there by World War I veterans.

Jagoe says the capsule was delivered to the new American Legion post on Thursday.

He says he was told the post would have a ceremony to open the capsule later.

The post’s Facebook page says, “More details will be coming in the next weeks about presentation and celebration! Stay tuned!”


Gateway college foundation payout to ex-president questioned

FLORENCE (AP) — The retired president of Northern Kentucky’s state community college will soon begin receiving a $348,000 incentive that the president of the board says he was unaware of.

The 2014 incentive plan was obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting through a public records request. The payout to retired President G. Edward Hughes comes not from Gateway Community & Technical College, but from its associated nonprofit Gateway Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to “raise funds and awareness for Gateway,” but the payout has some officials questioning whether Hughes used it for personal enrichment.

Board of Directors President Jeff Groob said the money would be better spent on scholarships for struggling students.

Hughes did not respond to requests for comment from the center.


Bowling Green expands housing program for homeless

BOWLING GREEN (AP) — The city of Bowling Green is changing its Section 8 housing voucher program to provide more housing options for the area’s homeless population.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports the city has been allocating some of its Section 8 vouchers to the homeless, and March 1 approved expanding that effort. Section 8 is a federal program that pays a portion of housing costs for low-income families and individuals.

Previously, a percentage of vouchers had been going to homeless living in either The Salvation Army or Barren River Area Safe Space Shelters. The change now allows vouchers to be issued to homeless referred by two other agencies — HOTEL INC and LifeSkills.

Homeless individuals and families referred by the agencies can be put at the top of the voucher waiting list.

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