- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Heiner to enter 2015 Kentucky governor’s race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner is entering next year’s race for governor and is teaming with another urban Republican as his running mate, former state GOP chairman Bob Gable said Monday.

Heiner will introduce former Lexington-Fayette County councilwoman KC Crosbie as his running mate at their campaign kickoff event Tuesday in Lexington, Gable said.

“I believe he will be the nominee, and I think he will be a great credit to Kentucky,” Gable said.

He said Heiner’s selection of Crosbie is “ingenious,” calling her an excellent campaigner.

Crosbie ran for state treasurer in 2011, narrowly losing to Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach in a year when Democrats dominated most statewide races.

Heiner is fashioning a ticket with strong ties to the state’s two largest cities. Gable said that there are large numbers of Republican voters in both urban areas and predicted they will do well in other parts of the state as well.


First 2 Corvettes lifted by crane from Ky sinkhole

Two classic Corvettes re-emerged Monday from a giant sinkhole that gobbled up those and six other prized vehicles still trapped beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

Workers in a cage painstakingly hooked straps around the cars before a crane slowly hoisted them one by one from the enormous pit that opened up last month. Onlookers cheered after each car was rescued, but the joy was more subdued for the second car, which had more extensive damage.

The first car hoisted out - a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil - showed only minor damage that included cracks on lower door panels, a busted window and an oil line rupture that oozed oil, said Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran.

Workers were able to get that car running. Cheers went up as the engine revved at the Bowling Green museum.

“It sounded awesome, just like before,” said museum executive director Wendell Strode.

Doran said the car was in “remarkably good shape. You could have that car back on the road in a couple of days.”


UK payroll issue 85 percent resolved

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Most of the University of Kentucky direct deposit payroll that didn’t make it into bank accounts as scheduled Friday has now been posted.

The university says as of Monday afternoon, about 85 percent of employee pay had been posted, with the remainder expected to be posted by Monday night.

UK said last week that PNC Bank, which handles payroll posting, had an error that resulted in the problem.

Some financial institutions have offered to waive fees that resulted from the delay, and UK said it would reimburse employees for any overdraft, nonsufficient funds and late fees incurred. The university also provided a link to a letter from PNC for employees concerned about their credit scores.

The error affected about 16,000 full-time, part-time and temporary employees who are paid biweekly.


Snow, sleet hits across Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Icy roads and snow accumulations closed schools and government offices across Kentucky on Monday.

Up to 4 inches of snow fell in eastern Kentucky and some parts of central Kentucky, the National Weather Service reported.

Parts of eastern Kentucky remained under a winter storm warning until late Monday afternoon, with additional snowfall and temperatures below freezing that could bring the total to 6 inches in some areas, the weather service said.

Kentucky State Police urged motorists to use caution while traveling and keep a watch out for stranded drivers.

The weather and “extremely dangerous road conditions” in Pike County prompted officials there to declare a state of emergency Monday morning. Most county offices were closed and officials in the far eastern Kentucky county asked residents to stay off the roads.

State lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly took the day off because of the weather. The House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene Tuesday afternoon in Frankfort.

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