News Digest: April 24, 2013

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By The Staff

Stormy, cooler weather

pushes away spring temps


A cold front were to have invaded parts of Kentucky overnight and possibly will produce thunderstorms today.

The biggest chance for thunderstorms were in Central Kentucky early this morning. Severe storms are not expected, according to the National Weather Service office in Louisville, but gusty winds are possible, particularly east of Interstate 65.
More thunderstorms could return to Central Kentucky Friday night through Saturday night, the weather service said.
The weather service office in Jackson said there's a chance for thunderstorms in the Bluegrass region near dawn Wednesday. And thunderstorms could roll into Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday. Frost is possible Friday morning and additional thunderstorms possible Friday through Saturday, NWS said.
Meanwhile, we've seen the last of summer-like temperatures for a few days. Highs on Wednesday will be in the mid-50s, and thermometers will inch up to the low 60s on Thursday.

On Friday, highs will be in the low-to-mid-60s, the weather service said. Weekend highs will be in the 60s.


Most adults don’t have dental insurance

New data from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll show more than half of Kentucky’s adults – 1.7 million – have no dental insurance of any kind.

 “Oral health is essential to overall health,” Dr. Susan Zepeda, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, said in a release announcing the findings. “Yet, our research indicates a majority of Kentuckians do not have dental coverage, so it is not surprising that a large number of adults do not have a personal dentist or oral health provider.”

The research also found that:

§  Almost half (49 percent) of those without insurance skipped getting dental care or check-ups in the past year because of the cost.

§  Nearly 4 in 10 said they do not have a personal dentist or oral health provider.

§  Almost 8 in 10 of those without a personal dentist or oral health provider indicated they last visited a dentist or dental clinic more than five years ago.

§  Just more than 6 in 10 (61 percent) of all adults reported they visited a dentist or dental clinic with the past year, compared to 7 out of 10 nationally.

The KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,680 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone last fall. The plus-minus margin is 2.5 percent.


State acquires electric vehicles

State officials on Monday welcomed the first electric vehicles into the state vehicle fleet.

First Lady Jane Beshear led the ceremony surrounded by four new Chevy Volts and two charging stations that were installed outside the headquarters for the Department for Environmental Protection. The vehicles and charging stations will be used by state workers conducting state business, state officials said in a news release.
Among its recommendations, the Governor’s Energy Plan calls for a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy of the state vehicle fleet by 2015 and a 50 percent improvement by 2025. The plan also calls for using alternative fuels and technologies like plug-in hybrids, to reduce Kentucky’s dependence on foreign petroleum.
The new vehicles combine hybrid and electric plug-in technology with a gasoline-powered generator, resulting in fewer tailpipe emissions and more miles per gallon than comparable, conventional vehicles.

Tea Party rep to address Republicans
Sarah Durand, president of the Louisville Tea Party, will be the guest speaker when the Shelby County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Stratton Center at 215 Washington Street, Shelbyville.

Durand will discuss the recent “Stand with Rand” Liberty Gala and the Louisville Tea Party’s Education Initiative. A business meeting will follow her presentation.

All registered Republicans are invited. Donations of food items will be collected for the Food for Kids Backpack Program.
For more information, contact Shelby County GOP Chair Jennifer Decker at 502-773-2326.


Massie to host Academy Day

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose District 4 includes Shelby County, will host his first Academy Day on Saturday for families and students who are interested in learning about appointments to the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy.

Although the program is designed for high school juniors, a release from Massie’s office said he encourages younger high school students to attend if they would like to learn more about the academies and how they can better prepare themselves to apply.

The event will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood. The program will begin at 11.

For more information, call 859-426-0080.


Raw sewage headed for Kentucky River

All three decades-old pumps at a Frankfort Sewer Department pump station have failed, increasing the possibility that overflows containing raw sewage will enter the Kentucky River, The State Journal reported.

The pump station, located on the South Frankfort side of the Capital Avenue bridge, receives sewage from gravity-fed pipes and pumps it to the sewer plant for treatment. Frankfort City Commission members voted unanimously Monday to declare the failures an emergency in order to skip the usual bid process and replace the pumps more quickly.
The Sewer Department is using a bypass pump, but that pump can’t do as much work as the three that failed. So, in periods of heavy rain, the city will have more overflows from the nearby combined sewer into which both wastewater and storm water flow.
The city is currently in the midst of a $75 million, 15-year plan to separate its combined sewers into different wastewater and storm water pipes.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.