Company looking to build mill embroiled in internal dispute
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An aluminum company planning to build a $1.7 billion plant in Appalachia has announced a management shakeup. The announcement is being disputed by an executive at Braidy Industries. The boardroom drama began when Braidy said Thursday that Chairman and CEO Craig Bouchard would step down from that role. The company offered no reason for the change. Bouchard disputed the announcement Friday. He says on social media that he did not authorize the company release and had not relinquished his job. The dispute comes as Braidy tries to complete financing for the Kentucky project staked to millions in taxpayer money.
McConnell’s Democratic rival McGrath endorses Biden for 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Marine combat aviator Amy McGrath, who has raised more than $16 million in her Democratic bid to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November in Kentucky, is endorsing Joe Biden for president. Amy McGrath made the announcement Friday. Biden campaigned in Kentucky for McGrath in 2018 in her unsuccessful race for a U.S. House seat. She says she believes Biden “can return honor and integrity to the Oval Office.” McConnell is considered a solid favorite in the race. He is one of the most powerful men in Washington and one of the officials most key to President Donald Trump’s success.
Kentucky House votes to add sexual harassment to ethics code
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has voted to strengthen the legislative ethics code by adding sexual harassment to the list of violations. The bill passed the House on an 85-0 vote Friday. It now goes to the Senate. Republican Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, is the bill’s lead sponsor. She says the legislation reflects bipartisan work spanning the past three legislative sessions. The effort began after revelations in 2017 that four Republican lawmakers had signed a secret sexual harassment settlement with a female employee. The bill defines sexual harassment as ethical misconduct, outlines reporting standards and strengthens confidential investigations of sexual harassment.
Jury convicts former Kentucky jailer of perjury
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A jury has convicted a former Kentucky jailer on one count of perjury. News outlets reported jurors handed down the verdict Thursday in the trial of former McCracken County Jailer Tonya Ray. She was charged with lying under oath about jail policies that would have been in place when a former jail deputy was charged with official misconduct. The question centered around whether the jail was following policies from a manual dated 2010 or 2012. Ray’s attorney, Thomas Clay, called the testimonial error “an innocent mistake. » Sentencing was set for March 12.
Officials to use new method to corral Asian carp in Kentucky
AURORA, Ky. (AP) — Federal and state officials will use an experimental fishing method next month at Kentucky Lake in an attempt to reduce the infestation of Asian carp. The three-week joint effort by federal and state Fish And Wildlife officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority will begin on Monday. The fishing method is inspired by a traditional Chinese fishing technique. It involves setting a series of nets, underwater speakers and electrofishing gear to corral the carp.
Louisville airport has record number of passengers
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Officials said the number of travelers taking flights at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport last year set a record. The airport announced in a statement on Thursday that 2019 was its busiest year yet with 4.2 million passengers. That’s nearly 300,000 more than it had in 2000, when there were 3.9 million passengers. Dan Mann is the executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. He says exceeding 4 million passengers is a new milestone and that he expects numbers for 2020 to be even higher. Last year, the six airlines serving Louisville increased capacity on 20 different routes including the addition of nonstop flights to multiple locations.