A bill that would raise Kentucky's minimum wage to $10.10 over a three year period has passed the state House.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke, 4th District Representative Lynn Bechler of Marion and 5th District Representative Kenny Imes of Murray voted against House Bill 1.
Eighth District Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, 15th District Representative Brent Yonts of Greenville and 16th District Representative Martha Jane King of Russellville were in favor of the legislation.
The bill is likely to run into more opposition in the Republican-controlled Senate. State Senator Whitney Westerfield has expressed concerns raising the minimum wage would do harm to small businesses and hurt job growth.
Pennyrile Electric has restored power to all of its members after about two days of hard work in the cold weather, freezing rain and snow.
Mark Giltner says they completed the job early Thursday evening.
Giltner says the Pennyrile Service region won't be completely out of the woods for additional outages until all of the ice has melted.
No one was injured, but a Todd County man was arrested following a two vehicle wreck on U.S. 68-80 Thursday afternoon.
Local police had been told to be on the lookout for a gray sedan leaving Dairy Queen shortly before the incident happened, as a witness believed the driver to be intoxicated. Elkton Police Chief Jerry Pepper said he was in the area and headed that way and soon got the call there had been a wreck at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Highway and the 68 Bypass on the west side of town.
Chief Pepper says witness accounts indicate 32-year old Demetrius Tyler of Guthrie ran the stop sign and drove into the path of westbound vehicle driven by Makayla Peterson of Lewisburg. The t-bone collision sent Tyler’s severely damaged car off the road and down an embankment.
Almost miraculously, no one was injured, but Tyler was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was lodged in the Todd County Jail.
Pennyrile Electric expects all of its power outages to be restored today after almost 48 hours of continuous hard work by its crews and contractor.
Mark Giltner says they still have 132 members without power in Christian County, 35 in Trigg County and a new outage has six members in the dark in Todd County.
Giltner says the Pennyrile Service region won't be completely out of the woods until all of the ice has melted.
This ice storm wasn't as severe as 2009, but Giltner said all ice events are as bad as it gets for electric providers.
A new dusting of snow and continued cold temperatures have left back roads, side streets and bridges and overpasses still slick and hazardous. Motorists will likely have to use extra caution until we one day get back above the freezing mark.
School is out in Christian and most surrounding counties Thursday as the temperature failed to rise above freezing Wednesday and the area got an additional dusting of snow.
Christian, Todd, Trigg, Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Caldwell, Logan and Stewart County schools are dismissed, as are Heritage Christian Academy, Saints Peter and Paul and Russellville schools.
Pennyrile Electric crews have been out since Tuesday evening and had the number of members without power down to a little less than 250 by early Thursday morning.
All of the outages in Todd County were fixed, all but two members had power again in Logan County, 40 remained in the dark in Trigg County and Christian County still had 184 members without electricity.
Mark Giltner of Pennyrile says remaining problem areas in Christian County include Doug Combs Road, where 61 members are out, there are 45 members out on Wade Road, 26 on Clark Store-Sinking Fork Road, 22 members on Collins Bridge Road, eight on J. Knight Road, 12 members out on Kyle Road and three members in the dark on Wagoner Road. They anticipate all outages to be restored today.
Hopkinsville Electric System and Kentucky Utilities didn’t report any outages in Christian County.
Road conditions have improved in many places, but motorists are urged to use appropriate caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and lesser traveled roads.
There is another chance of snow this weekend, but the National Weather Service doesn’t expect it to cause major problems.