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Regional

  • Beshear: No need to call a special session on same- sex marriage issues

    By LINDA B. BLACKFORD
    and JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday night “it’s time for everyone to take a deep breath,” and that he will not be calling a special legislative session on same-sex marriage issues.

    Beshear’s comments came a few hours after House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said he favors a special session to address the concerns of some county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

  • Ky. bill protects religions from performing gay marriages

    By JAMES PILCHER

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    A Northern Kentucky state legislator has filed a bill that would prevent the commonwealth from forcing religious figures or organizations from performing same sex marriages, and would protect such organizations and individuals from being sued if they refuse to perform such ceremonies.

  • Experts encourage region’s families to bring back the Sunday dinner

    Jim Aneszko from central and southern Kentucky is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones. The reason?

    New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.*

  • Grimes warns businesses

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief business officer, is warning businesses about an official-looking “2015 Annual Minutes Form” they may receive from an entity called Division of Corporate Services. Division of Corporate Services is not registered, affiliated or associated with the Secretary of State’s office.

  • Edelen: Rape kit backlog means court have to set criminals free

    By James Pilcher

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    HEBRON – The number of untested rape kits throughout Kentucky could number in the thousands, state Auditor Adam Edelen said Tuesday. The delay means a  backlog of up to a year for many victims and prosecutors around the commonwealth.

  • Farmers must turn to soy beans, other crops to make ends meet

    By SETH LITTRELL

    The State Journal

    After being hampered because of a shortage of help and increasingly restrictive regulations, many veteran tobacco farmers in Franklin County have stopped growing the crop entirely.

    Kerry Redding, who says tobacco has been part of his livelihood for decades, says this is the first time in 30 years he has not planted the crop.

    “It’s just different,” Redding said. “It feels funny not to be doing it anymore.”

  • No charges in Henry County shooting

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    Landmark News Service

    The drama at a semi-pro football game held in New Castle Saturday evening happened off the field when two representatives of the Indiana Trybe fought and one ended up being hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head, according to information from the Kentucky State Police.

  • New child-care ratings focus on quality

    By MIKE WYN

    The Courier-Journal

    Parents will soon have a better way to gauge the quality of most child-care and early education programs in Kentucky thanks to an overhaul of the state’s system for evaluating providers.

    State officials are revamping the STARS for KIDS NOW rating system to help parents wade through the confusion of child-care options and encourage higher levels of instruction and professional development among providers.

  • More than 30 businesses coming to NKY job fair June 4 in Florence

    The Kentucky Career Center is partnering with Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), Hero2Hired and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to host a manufacturing, transportation and logistics job fair with an emphasis on employing veterans on Thursday, June 4 from noon - 4 p.m. in Florence.

    The job fair will take place at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at GCTC, 500 Technology Way in Florence.

  • Owen County hospital files chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy

    By MOLLY HAINES

    Landmark News Service

    A Friday news release from New Horizons Health Systems declared “business as usual” for the corporation, despite having filed for chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy earlier that day.

    According to the release, the hospital’s board of directors voted last month to file chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy so the hospital and its clinic can remain open for the “foreseeable future.”