Intertape Polymer Group announced Tuesday that it will close its Richmond plant, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
The company said in a statement that the plant on Enterprise Drive would be closed in part because of improved production at other plants.
The Richmond site employed 70 people in 2011, according to the latest Kentucky Directory of Manufacturers, the paper says. Established in 1995, it makes pressure-sensitive tape.
Residents voted Tuesday to end Somerset’s status as the largest city in Kentucky that had not approved any form of legal alcohol sales, the Lexington Herald Leader reports.
In unofficial returns, the vote was 2,167 to 1,464 in favor of making the city wet, a margin of 59.7 percent to 40.3 percent.
The margin surprised some observers. Local voters had defeated proposals for alcohol sales by wide margins in past elections, and churches had worked to push a no vote Tuesday, the paper says.
Ellis Park’s owner said Tuesday that he hopes to open a gambling parlor offering the slots-like Instant Racing game before the track’s summertime meet ends on Labor Day, despite a court ruling this month that will delay a decision on whether the game is legal, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
Ron Geary said he is in talks with potential investors — one of whom would become a minority partner in his Western Kentucky track, contributing $3 million to construct the parlor, which would have 177 of the machines.
Debra Hoskins, the former director of the Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts, was an at-will employee who worked without a contract, the Richmond Register reports.
Only the university president and a few employees of its athletic department have contracts, the EKU counsel’s office stated in a reply to a Freedom of Information request from the newspaper.
EKU denied the request for a copy of any settlement the university may have reached with Hoskins in exchange for her agreement not to file a wrongful termination lawsuit, the paper says.
The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has concluded its investigation of a Dec. 6, 2011, natural gas explosion in Louisville, and identified four probable safety violations by the Louisville Gas & Electric Co.
The explosion destroyed a house at 5206 River Trail Place and damaged several nearby properties. There were no serious injuries in the explosion and resulting fire, although a dog in the home was killed.
The violations, which carry penalties of up to $25,000 each for each day they occurred, cite problems discovered with LG&E’s emergency response at the scene. LGE&E also was cited for violations related to gas line pressure in the system.