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  • Kentucky Connected wins award for I-71 corridor study

    By KENNY COLSTON

    Landmark News Service

    The Carroll County Fiscal Court is joining five other county governments in being honored for their participation in Kentucky Connected, a public-private partnership focusing on education, transportation and economic development in the region.

    The group received the 2014 Spirit of Kentucky award and was honored at the annual Governor’s Local Issues Conference in Louisville last week. Gov. Steve Beshear and Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder presented the award.

  • GOP vows to cut taxes, fight Medicaid expansion

    By Tom Loftus

    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky House Republicans vowed Tuesday to cut taxes and fight the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare if they win a majority in the chamber in this November’s elections.

    Other priorities of the House GOP — blocked by the Democratic majority during recent sessions — will be passage of a so-called ‘Right to work’ bill and the establishment of panels of healthcare experts to review medical malpractice allegations before they go to court.

  • Mitch McConnell declines to discuss his campaign manager’s resignation

    By Bill Estep

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    SOMERSET — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declined Tuesday to discuss the resignation of his former campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who quit last week as questions swirled about his role in a federal bribery case in Iowa.

    McConnell and his camp had reportedly avoided questions about the issue over the weekend, but McConnell stopped to talk with reporters Tuesday afternoon after a speech to the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Milton Fire and Rescue earns safety award

    Milton Fire and Rescue was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013. The award was given by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. 

  • Kentucky Lottery campaign tells where money goes

    By Sheldon S. Shafer

    The Courier-Journal

    The Kentucky Lottery, for the first time, is running ads explaining that nearly all of its profits are used to support educational programs, due to a new regulation lifting a restriction on advertising where proceeds are distributed.

    Where lottery money goes is “a huge, huge question” that seems never to be sufficiently answered in the public’s mind, Kentucky Lottery spokesman Chip Polston said in an interview Monday. The question is nearly unending, he said.

  • NASCAR tripleheader weekend returns to Kentucky Speedway

    Sparta, Ky. – For the fifth time in the tracks history, NASCAR’s elite drivers will battle on the roughest track in NASCAR July 9-11, 2015 for three action-packed nights of racing when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), Nationwide Series (NNS) and Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) visit Kentucky Speedway.

    “We are thrilled to maintain our position as the only mid-summer tripleheader weekend on the NASCAR schedule and we will again host the Nationwide Series for a return visit in September,” General Manager Mark Simendinger said.

  • Kentucky legislature goes to Northern Kentucky on Thursday

    By Scott Wartman

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Have a beef with the Kentucky General Assembly or want to tell them what a great job they’re doing?

    If you’re in Northern Kentucky today, you won’t have to go far.

    Legislators from around the state will come to Northern Kentucky to hold public meetings and tour the region for Developers’ Day.

  • Drivers brace for I-65 traffic delays in Louisville area due to construction

    By Grace Schneider and Charlie White

    The Courier-Journal

    The “Big Squeeze,” as it’s being called by officials, could become the “Big Headache” for motorists.

    A new phase of the $2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Project that will start next week — and last for two years — will reduce Interstate 65 on the Indiana side of the Kennedy Bridge to two lanes in each direction, causing traffic delays on both sides of the river.

  • Grimes, McConnell address tough questions at ‘Measure the Candidates’ forum Aug. 20

    By TAYLOR RILEY

    Landmark News Service

    After 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky’s farmers.

    “Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky,” Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum, held at their headquarters in Louisville on Aug. 20.

  • Kentucky students still lag national scores on ACT, but the performance gap is narrowing

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    While Kentucky public high school graduates are still behind those nationwide on the ACT college-entrance exam, the performance gap is narrowing, Kentucky Department of Education officials said.