Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville has released a statement on bleak national unemployment numbers released today.
The latest figures show the current national jobless rate at 8.3 percent, which is up for 8.1 percent in April.
Congressman Whitfield says the unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent under President Barack Obama since February of 2009 and says that is unacceptable.
He says it's not just the President's economic policies that are failing, it's also what he calls over-regulation and anti-growth policies that are having a negative impact on an already struggling economy.
As an example, Congressman Whitfield says the Enviornmental Protection Agency's increased regulations on coal will likely take moer coal plants offline and cause more increases in energy costs.
He says the President could help create 20,000 jobs by allowing the Keystone XL Pipeline project to go forward.
One of the kittens looking for a home at local shelter
The Christian County Animal Shelter is busting at the seems with cats and kittens and officials are asking for the public’s help.
Director Irene Grace says she has reduced adoption fees for the felines after an influx of cats over the last couple weeks.
If you can’t commit to adopting a cat or kitten, Ms. Grace says you can still help a great deal by just fostering until the shelter’s population is reduced to a more reasonable number.
One can look at photos of some of the cats and kittens up for adoption by going to the shelter’s Facebook page. For more information, call the shelter at 887-4175.
A motorcycle wreck on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville early Thursday afternoon injured a Fort Campbell man.
The incident happened around 12:15, when 22-year old Kareem Butler of Fort Campbell reportedly attempted to turn left out of the Max Fuel Express parking lot on the south side of the Boulevard.
A tractor-trailer was stopped in the right lane and Butler said that kept him from seeing the oncoming vehicle driven by 18-year old McKenzie Barbee in the left lane. Ms. Barbie was unable to avoid hitting Butler’s bike, though he was able to escape with relatively minor injuries to the legs.
Police say Butler was wearing a helmet.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a burglary at the Christian County Day Treatment Center.
Officials at the school at 210 Glass Avenue told police someone broke in between 5pm Wednesday afternoon and 6am Thursday and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect or suspects also took three sets of headphones, several packs of soda and seven bags of assorted candy.
The perpetrator also smashed apples up and down a hallway and left a refrigerator door open, allowing all food inside to ruin.
No suspects are listed on the report.
The Oak Grove Fire Department is on the scene of a kitchen fire this morning.
Fire-fighters found the kitchen at 6C Cable Road fully involved when they arrived around 6:20 this morning.
An ambulance was called to the scene for a 28-year old male who was feeling ill after inhaling smoke, but it wasn’t immediately clear through scanner traffic if he was a fire-fighter or resident.
Cable Road is off of KY 911, just west of the KY 115 intersection.