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  • Jim Bunning, former senator, hall of famer, dies

    By SCOTT WARTMAN

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Northern Kentucky’s pugnacious major league pitcher and former U.S. Senator Jim Bunning died on Friday at the age of 85.

    The wave of condolences from the political and sports realm showed that in spite of his gruff demeanor - or perhaps because of it - the Southgate resident commanded respect.

    “Jim hit 187 batters in his career,” his friend and former legislative director Rick Robinson said. “He took that pitcher’s mentality to politics.

  • U of L studies how coal ash affects kids’ health

    A researcher at the University of Louisville is stepping up her study into whether coal ash from power plants may be making children in Louisville sick with a new study backed by federal research dollars.

    And she is looking for families that are willing to participate.

  • Lawmakers approve flurry of bills as end of legislative session looms

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    and JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky legislators approved a flurry of bills Tuesday, March 14, as this year’s law-making session nears its end.

    Tuesday marked the 27th day of the 30-day legislative session. Lawmakers are to meet again Wednesday to consider bills and then are scheduled to wrap up the session March 29 and 30, when they will consider any vetoes issued by Gov. Matt Bevin.

    Here are some of the key bills that won approval Tuesday:

    Campaign finance

  • Beshear: Kentuckians protected against price gouging

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to report instances of price gouging to his office now that a state of emergency has been declared in Kentucky due to recent storms.

  • BBB warns to watch for ‘storm chasers’ who scam customers

    Spring and summer can bring severe weather leaving behind everything from hail-damaged roofs and siding to downed trees. Often, following the storms are thieves known as “storm chasers.”

    These scam artists present themselves as contractors able to fix the homeowners problems.

    They go town-to-town, door-to door, taking money for work, underperforming or not performing at all, and then move on to the next town often before the homeowners know they’ve been ripped-off.

  • NWS confirms tornado struck Henry County near Campbellsburg

    BY CHRIS BROOKE

    Landmark News Service

    Examples of damage from the powerful storm March 1, cropped up all over Henry County — broken trees, a

    compromised power grid, an old barn dropped on a fence line, an overhang ripped off a house’s front stoop —

    but the damage along Jones Lane in Campbellsburg looked different to one Henry County emergency management official who was on scene.

  • House gives final passage to bill providing students’ rights to express religious views

    Lexington Herald Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky House gave final passage to a bill Monday that would give students the freedom to express their religious or political views in public schools and universities.

    Senate Bill 17, sponsored by State Sen. Albert Robinson, R-London, would affirm the constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom, supporters of the bill argued.

    “All this legislation does is put into law and recognize those constitutional facts,” said Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington.

  • Revamped Real ID driver license bill gains support

    By John Cheves

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The General Assembly is getting a second chance to pass a Real ID law that would make Kentucky’s driver’s licenses comply with tougher federal security standards — and let Kentuckians keep using their licenses to board commercial airline flights and enter military bases.

    The House budget committee voted 22 to 3 on Tuesday to approve House Bill 410 and send it to the full House for further consideration.

  • Kentucky near bottom of new state ranking

    By Bailey Loosemore

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentucky’s not even close to being the best state in the country, according to a rank­ing released Tuesday.

    In fact, we came in 42nd on a list put out by the U.S. News and World Report, ranking just above Alaska and Oklaho­ma in the bottom 10 states.

    So what put us so low on the list? Well, here’s how the rank­ing worked.

  • Peak of float-and-fly fishing is upon us

    Although we’ve seen many warm fronts this winter with temperatures in the 60s just this past weekend, the water in our highland reservoirs is still cold.

    Water temperatures are in the high 40s in Lake Cumberland, Dale Hollow and Laurel River Lake. Once water temperatures drop below 50 degrees for extended periods, threadfin shad begin to suffer from the cold water.