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  • Zika virus hits close to home in Hardin Co.

    The News-Enterprise

    It didn’t seem so scary when it was in Brazil.

    Knowing the life span of a mosquito, it was mathematically improbable for the little critter to bring the Zika virus to North America any time soon.

    But when you factor in the human element – travel, flights and transmission – what seemed improbable became plausible.

    With the news late last week that two Hardin County residents were laboratory confirmed to have contracted the virus, what was plausible now is very real.

  • Blood donations urgently needed in final weeks of summer

    The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.

    The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities. The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break though.

  • Distillery, history park selects Henry County location

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    Landmark News Service

    The original vision for buying a hog farm in Defoe involved having a place to teach his son the value of hard work, said the owner and founder of Patriot Brands. That changed after Damien Prather researched the old Low Dutch barn that came with the property.

    The idea to create Six-Mile Creek Distillery — a $5 million investment in an 8,000-square-foot facility that will employ 15 when it opens in 2017 —sprang from what Prather learned about the early Kentucky settlers.

  • Faulkner named director of corrections training

    Department of Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard today announced the promotion of Steve Faulkner to Director of the Corrections Training Division.

    His promotion was effective July 1.

    “Steve Faulkner has demonstrated the skills necessary to be a valuable addition to our leadership team,” said Ballard. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to promote a true team player who will work to enhance our mission in the Corrections Training Division. His experience and knowledge will serve him well as he assumes his new role.”

  • The state’s $52.7M surplus: Which Kentucky fund gets it?

    By Tom Loftus

    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – After all the revenue and savings from budget cuts had been counted, and all unbudgeted expenses were paid, Kentucky’s General Fund produced a surplus of $52.7 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

    But the Bevin administration’s budget director and the chairman of the House budget committee disagreed Monday on how this surplus should be split between two state government reserve funds.

  • Pension chairman: Bevin out of bounds on removal

    By Tom Loftus

    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thomas Elliott is asking Franklin Circuit Court to declare that he remains chairman of the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees and that Gov. Matt Bevin’s order to remove Elliott from the Board is unconstitution¬al and void.

    In a lawsuit Friday, Elliott also asks the court to order the Bevin administration to not interfere with Elliott’s continuing “service as a trustee, member and chair of the Board.”

  • Bevin says he has ‘absolute authority’ to disband any state board

    By Jack Brammer

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Gov. Matt Bevin defended on Tuesday his decision to abolish and replace the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, saying he has “absolute authority” to disband any state board and commission.

    The Republican governor also dismissed any concern about possible legal action that Attorney General Andy Beshear might bring trying to stop the changes at U of L, saying Beshear has been “busy” filing frivolous lawsuits against him in recent weeks.

  • Ohio, Kentucky could get up to $63 million for heroin, opioid treatment

    By Terry DeMio

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Ohio and Kentucky stand to get an estimated $63 million in federal money for heroin and opioid addiction treatment if President Barack Obama gets his way.

    Both states rank in the top five in the nation for drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population.

    Kentucky was fourth in 2014, with 24.7 drug poisoning deaths per 100,000 population. Ohio was right behind, ranking fifth with 24.6, the White House noted in its announcement of the treatment funding proposal on Tuesday.

  • Unidentified: Woman’s case remains unsolved after 28 years

    By MOLLY HAINES

    Landmark News Service

    On May 6, 1988, Kentucky State Police discovered the remains of a young woman – she laid naked in an open field on Highway 330, her face decomposed beyond recognition – the cause of death was determined as strangulation.

    The discovery received little press. A May 12, 1988 edition of the News-Herald reported that an unidentified white female was discovered approximately 18 miles south of Owenton, 27 feet off the roadway.

  • Companies spend record $9.53 million lobbying Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Companies and special interest groups spent an all-time high of $9.53 million lobbying Kentucky’s 2016 General Assembly, the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission reported Tuesday.

    That’s a 9 percent increase over lobbyist spending in 2014, the most recent 60-day lawmaking session.

    During this year’s session, a record 698 businesses and organizations registered to lobby. That is 5 percent more than in 2014.