Lead blocker: Everything from federal road construction to financial plans for the Ohio River Bridges Project is being blamed on U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning’s stubborn one-man filibuster over extending unemployment benefits. And because of his strained relationship with Republican leadership (read: U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell), Bunning’s obstructionism could cost the GOP, which is already troubled with being labeled the party of “no.”
For sale: According to Bloomberg News, E.On is considering selling LG&E and Kentucky Utilities to reduce the company’s debt. And if the city’s utilities are really for sale, Mayor Jerry Abramson told The Courier-Journal city officials will talk to representatives from the Dusseldorf-based utility company about local or state ownership.
No murders metro: Many are searching for an explanation, but it’s good news to know that the city was murder-free in February. It’s the first month without a criminal homicide since city and county governments merged in 2003. There’s been one fatal shooting, however, when police shot and killed 48-year-old Donnie Miles at Iroquois Homes. The Feb. 6 incident is still under investigation.
Any (census) takers?: The U.S. Census Bureau is reportedly having trouble recruiting census workers in Appalachia. Locally, however, Metro Councilman David Tandy, D-4, held a press conference encouraging area residents to take advantage of those employment opportunities. Those who wish to apply for a position can take a practice test to see if they can qualify. For an application and to schedule a test for a job in your area call 1-866-861-2010.
Trans-France: There was a time when homosexuality was considered a mental illness and getting rid of that stigma has been a fight on par with marriage equality in many circles. Recently, France became the first country in the world to remove transsexualism from its official list of mental disorders — a major victory in the LGBT movement.