What a Week
A contractor submitted an under-budget bid to complete the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, meaning the long-dormant project could open by the middle of next year. The city is building the center in an old trolley barn at 18th and Muhammad Ali, and the project promises to be a shot in the arm for the Russell neighborhood. The facility will include classrooms, exhibit space and performance space focusing on African American history in Louisville.
If you woke up with the squirts on July 5, it could be that hamburger you ate with your fireworks. Kroger is recalling ground beef because of an outbreak of E. coli linked to a Nebraska slaughterhouse. Feeling lucky? Try a slice of Big Ag tomatoes and a dollop of salsa on that burger. Nearly 1,000 people nationwide have been sickened in a record salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes and peppers.
Another week, another energy giant wanting more of your money: LG&E’s parent company asked the Kentucky Public Service Commission for permission to hike Kentucky gas and electric rates. If approved, rates will go up about 2 percent for electricity and 6 percent for gas. The company says it needs the money for new power stations and infrastructure.
As a little token of his appreciation for putting their lives on the line, Gov. Steve Beshear is proposing a regulation to give veterans dibs in landing open state jobs. The emergency regulation would require the state to interview at least five veterans for any open position, provided that many apply. The governor expects the new rule to take effect July 23.