Highway construction projects totaling $32.7 million in two high-traffic areas of Warren County are intended to reduce bottlenecks and allow commuters quicker access to Interstate 65 and U.S. 31-W, the Bowling Green Daily News reports.
About 50,000 vehicles daily traverse I-65 in the Bowling Green area and quite a few of those are commercial vehicles, almost half, said Keirsten Jaggers, public information officer for Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 of Bowling Green.
That crush of truck traffic – 45 to 50 percent of all vehicles – is traveling an interstate that was only designed for 12 percent truck traffic, the paper says.
American Fuji Seal will expand operations in Bardstown, creating 45 jobs and a $10 million investment in the state, according to Gov. Steve Beshear.
American Fuji Seal is part of the Fuji Seal International packaging company based in Osaka, Japan. Its North American corporate headquarters is in Bardstown. The company prints and manufactures sleeve, molding and insulating labels for product packaging. More than 460 employees currently work at the Bardstown facility.
Weather conditions that have dried parts of the Tennessee River valley to drought status are expected to persist across a hotter than usual summer, reports the Associated Press.
The lack of rainfall is posing challenges for river management to preserve recreation, water quality and municipal water supplies.
As summer settles in, any significant rainfall will be limited to passing cold fronts. Most of the rain will come from typical convection thunderstorms, which are short-lived and spotty, the AP reports.
The Bluegrass Community Connectors project named 144 “connectors” Tuesday in an effort to create new networks of local activists and to better link traditional and grass-roots leadership in the region, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
The connectors were chosen from among 5,000 nominations received from the public in online balloting since last August. Most of the connectors met for a morning session and lunch at the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel to get to know each other and discuss regional issues, the paper says.
A company with a manufacturing facility in Danville will be acquired by a European private equity firm, but the current management team said the move could be good news in the long run, says the Danville Advocate Messenger.
Intelligrated, based in Mason, Ohio, announced Friday an agreement has been reached with Permira for more than $500 million. In a press release, the company said Intelligrated founders, Chris Cole, the chief executive officer, and Jim McCarthy, president and chief operating officer, will maintain a “significant stake” in the company and continue in their leadership roles, the paper reports.
The redesigned Ford Escape is a small SUV with big shoes to fill, says the Associated Press.
The Louisville-built Escape that goes on sale this month replaces an older version that helped invent the pint-sized SUV category in the early 2000s. It was a huge hit for Ford, with more than 2 million sales over the last decade, and it went toe-to-toe with popular models like the Honda CR-V, Jeep Liberty and Toyota RAV4, the AP reports.