State laws become national models
FRANKFORT (AP) — A national gathering of state legislators has included six Kentucky laws in its list of suggested legislation for the rest of the nation.
The Lexington-based Council of State Governments cited the state’s statutes related to altered cash registers, clearing criminal records of victims of forced prostitution and requiring business to report data breaches as models for other lawmakers to use.
The complete list of suggestions will be published in a booklet this winter.
The other Kentucky measures cited provide civil liability protections to engineers and architects who volunteer their services after a natural disaster; allowing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to remove their addresses from public voter registration rolls; and automatically terminating parental and custody rights of anyone convicted of felony rape when the mother keeps the child.
Bourbon production reaches high point since ’70s
LOUISVILLE (AP) — In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation.
To put it in bartenders’ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right — a big supply meshing with big demand — could mean a serious payday for companies big and small.
Missing the target would leave bourbon makers awash with supply and leave future production in question, particularly for craft distilleries that have seen a surge in popularity.
“People keep asking us, ‘When will the bubble burst?’” said Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.
For most in the business, the answer is not anytime soon.
Large companies are banking on continued international demand from places such as China and a culture in the U.S. that currently has a taste for bourbon, which has to be aged at least two years in new charred oak barrels.
Sinkhole that swallowed Corvettes to be filled
BOWLING GREEN (AP) — The sinkhole that swallowed up eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green will be partially filled in with plans for a bridge built over the top of the section left open.
National Corvette Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli says the facility will keep a 25-by-45-foot section that’s about 30 feet deep with a bridge over it as a tourist attraction.
Frassinelli told WDRB-TV in Louisville that officials wanted to leave the Skydome room as is, for people attending their 20th anniversary celebration at the end of the month.
The sinkhole in February did more than $1 million in damage to cars that fell on rocks. The cars were eventually pulled out of the hole.
The Skydome area will close in September, so repairs can begin.
Fayette County prison escapee back in custody
LEXINGTON. (AP) — An inmate who walked away from the Blackburn Correctional Complex in Fayette County is back in custody.
According to WKYT-TV, 48-year-old John Stamper left the minimum-security prison around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Lexington police say officers found him around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on a farm not far from the prison. He had broken into a home earlier that day.
Stamper was serving a 5-year sentence for convictions out of Madison County, including burglary and receiving stolen property.
He is now also charged with escape and burglary.