Power rates up for Grayson, Big Sandy
Customers of two Eastern Kentucky electric cooperatives will see their bills rise under settlements approved Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission. Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative's rates will go up 14.4 percent, bringing the utility an additional $3.16 million a year. Residential customers' bills will see a sharper percentage rise than commercial customers' bills. A customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will pay a base amount of $106.60 a month, an increase of $19.74, or 22.7 percent. The utility has 15,700 customers in Carter, Elliott, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis and Rowan counties. Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative's rates will go up about 8 percent, bringing the utility an additional $1.74 million a year. A residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours a month will see an increase of $8.80, or 10.7 percent, to $91.30. The cooperative has 13,090 customers in Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin and Morgan counties. Both utilities had asked for more but negotiated a lower rate with the attorney general's office. Grayson's last rate increase was in 1996; Big Sandy's was in 1998.
Ford shows off new parental controls
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MyKey, an automobile feature by Ford that lets parents set limits on speed and audio volume in cars, was promoted at Paul Miller Ford on Wednesday. Company representatives showed off the features, which will be standard on the 2010 Ford Focus and Taurus. They will "eventually be standard on pretty much the entire Ford line," said J.P. Miller, vice president and general manager of the dealership on New Circle Road. The MyKey technology also mutes the car's audio system if seat belts aren't buckled. "This technology allows parents to set reasonable limits," said Sherri Hannan, a registered nurse and coordinator with Safe Kids Fayette County, led by Kentucky Children's Hospital. Therese Moseley with Buckle Up Blue Grass, a public service campaign designed to encourage young people to use seat belts, also expressed optimism about MyKey. "Seat belts work. They save lives," she said.
Andy Mead and Beverly Fortune