News Digest: April 19, 2013

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By The Staff

Kentucky’s unemployment

bumps to 8 percent in March

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8 percent in March from 7.9 percent in February 2013, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

The preliminary March 2013 jobless rate was .2 percentage points below the 8.2 percent rate recorded for the state in March 2012.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate decreased to 7.6 percent in March 2013 from 7.7 percent in February 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed.

In March 2013, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 2,086,664, an increase of 2,709 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment rose by 381, while the number of unemployed people went up by 2,328.
“More people entered the job market in Kentucky in March 2013 looking for work, but unfortunately, some of them were not successful in finding jobs,” state economist Manoj Shanker said. “A job opening may go unfilled because the person with the right skill set has not been found. That causes small fluctuations in the unemployment rate as we see in March.”
In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment dropped by 8,400 jobs in March 2013 from the previous month. On an over-the-year basis, the state’s nonfarm employment has added 12,400 jobs.

LAP-Band seminar at hospital

People suffering from severe obesity and related health conditions can learn more about the LAP-Band surgical approach in a free seminar Monday at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.

Dr. John Olsofka and Dr. Chris Theuer of Louisville Surgical Bariatric Associates will be the featured speakers, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The outpatient procedure takes about 30 minutes, and most patients are able to return to work in less than one week. LAP-Band is reversible and is safe for women who may become pregnant.

For more information or to register call 502-361-6059 or visit www.jhsmh.org/Health-Services/Bariatric-Care.aspx.


Final kindergarten registration set

Shelby County Public Schools’ kindergarten registration is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the county’s six elementary schools. Parents should bring their child for an assessment while they complete required paperwork. To enroll in Kindergarten, the child must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 1 as verified by a state-certified birth certificate.

Shelby County Public Schools’ Kindergarten Program focuses on building learning skills in a climate that enhances each child and working closely with families to meet the academic and social needs.

Certain documents that are needed for registration include state-certified birth certificate, child’s social security card, current immunization records on Kentucky form, physical exam, eye exam, dental exam, proof of residence and student registration form.

Proof of current immunizations (vaccines) is required by the Kentucky State Department of Health is required to be presented at the time of registration. The registration process is not complete until all immunizations are current. 

Proof of residency is required at the time of new student registration. Proof of residence is the child’s home address verified with a copy of a current utility bill. Two proofs of residence are needed. A parent/guardian driver’s license will not be accepted.

Bus transportation is available for all students as well as breakfast and lunch.

Shelby County elementary schools operate on a regular schedule beginning Aug. 7. The regular school day is 7:40 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.

If you have questions, call 633-2375.


Spencer students could be charged

Attempts to get a couple extra days off from school could land some middle and high school students with felonies on their records and possible jail time. Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis announced last week that his department has seen an increase in instances where Spencer County Middle and Spencer County High School students are forging doctors’ notes.
When students get a legitimate doctor’s note, some are picking up an extra and using it at a later date, while others are whiting out the doctor’s original date to give themselves a few extra days off from school, Lewis said.
What students may not know is that by doing either of the above, they are committing second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, which is a Class D felony and could carry a punishment of one to five years in jail.
“When you have a legitimate note, that’s OK, present it,” Lewis said. “But do not present a forged note. We will prosecute.”
Lewis said his department is currently investigating several instances of forged notes. Fewer than a dozen students are being investigated, but some of those students have presented 10 to 12 notes, each of which would constitute a separate felony charge.

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.