- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015
Obama touts plan to boost tech jobs in Kentucky visit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - President Barack Obama shined the spotlight Thursday on a Kentucky-based company to promote his plan to create more technology jobs, highlighting a quick visit to a state where recent elections have revolved around his policies and unpopularity among many voters.

In a visit pushed back several hours because of a breakthrough in the Iran nuclear talks, Obama toured and then spoke at Indatus, a Louisville technology company that he praised for its role in grooming young people for high-tech careers.

“That’s what smart training looks like - faster, cheaper, innovative - providing new pathways … for careers in tech,” Obama said.

Obama praised a Louisville initiative that partners local government, businesses and others to promote high-tech innovation. The Democratic president said the Republican-controlled Congress should invest in job training so more places can follow Kentucky’s example.

Obama toured the Louisville business, greeted workers and asked some of them how they came to work at Indatus. In his speech, he touted his Tech Hire program, which encourages employers, educational institutions and local governments to work together to train people for technology jobs.

The president singled out Indatus employee Ben Kuhl, a self-taught techie who is now a top-level software engineer despite having no college training. Obama cited Kuhl’s hiring and professional development as an example of how people can be recruited into the high-growth sector.

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Baby born along highway as traffic comes to halt for Obama

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Washington gridlock is one thing, but traffic that was stopped for President Barack Obama’s visit to Louisville led to a woman giving birth on the shoulder of Interstate 65.

Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says a man called 911 about 5:15 p.m. Thursday to report that his wife was in labor and that traffic wasn’t moving.

The interstate had shut down and traffic was bottlenecked as the president’s motorcade made its way from the airport to downtown Louisville.

Duncan said a nurse who also was stuck in the traffic rushed to help the couple and that dispatchers on the phone coached her through the delivery.

By the time emergency crews arrived 12 minutes later, the boy had been born.

The mother and child are doing well at a hospital.

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Moody’s: Kentucky gas tax bill a ‘credit positive’

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A key bond rating agency has applauded Kentucky lawmakers for stopping what would have been a 5-cent drop in the state gas tax.

Kentucky drivers were scheduled to get a break at the pump on April 1 as Kentucky’s gas tax was scheduled to drop to 21.1 cents per gallon. But the drop would have cost the road fund about $150 million, and state transportation officials warned the road fund would run out of money by 2016.

Instead, lawmakers agreed to set the gas tax at 26 cents per gallon in a bill that passed after midnight on the legislature’s last day. Moody’s Investors Service declared the action a “credit positive” on Thursday, saying it will help the state make payments toward its $1.6 billion in outstanding bond debt.

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3 of 4 GOP candidates for Kentucky governor have TV ads

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Three of Kentucky’s four Republican candidates for governor now have TV ads airing in the state.

Matt Bevin’s campaign revealed his first ad on Tuesday featuring his wife and nine children defining him as a conservative Christian businessman. The campaign said the ad will air in the Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati and Bowling Green broadcast TV markets and statewide on cable and satellite.

Bevin joins candidates James Comer and Hal Heiner on the airwaves. Heiner’s ads have aired since last summer and portray him as a Frankfort outsider intent on reforming government. Comer’s ads have focused on his tenure cleaning up the Department of Agriculture following a scandal.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott is also running but has not yet aired TV ads.

The primary is May 19.

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