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  • Warm winter could cause an increase in mosquitoes, UK professor says

    By Amanda Hancock

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Mosquitoes are out for blood in Central Kentucky earlier and in mightier form this summer.

    While some experts are predicting this summer to be one of the worst for mosquitoes in decades, Grayson Brown, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, said there’s no way of knowing until summer is in full swing. The life span of a mosquito is relatively short, a few months at most, but mosquitoes have been building up their numbers since March and will be noticeable in the upcoming months.

  • Online voting will aid a park with recognition, cash grant

     Fans of Kentucky State Parks have a chance to vote for their favorite park through the third annual Coca-Cola “America is Your Park” contest.

    The park with the most votes will receive a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola. The second-place park will receive $50,000, and third place will receive $25,000. These recreation grants are provided to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in parks where people can play and be active.

    The deadline for voting is July 15, 2012.

  • Auditor right to focus on spending by special districts

     From the Lexington Herald-Leader

     

    Kentucky has 43 different kinds of special districts collecting taxes or fees to provide a variety of public services that, while not quite running the gamut from A to Z, at least go from A to W — ambulance service to watershed conservancy, air pollution control to waste management.

    Some of the more familiar types deal with water and sewer services, libraries, hospitals, mass transit, airports and riverports.

  • Local Christian group releases new music

     Local Christian music recording artists The Infinite Realm have announced the release of their latest CD album, entitled “Healing.” The new release is the fifth recording to be released by “The Realm” during their four-decades-long career.

  • EPA weighs in on LG&E application in Trimble County

     A recent letter from Region 4 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has weighed in on several aspects of a proposed landfill project at LG&E’s Trimble County Generating Plant, located at Wise’s Landing on the Ohio River.

  • Beshear signs synthetic drug bill; targets items including ‘bath salts’

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Saying the law would help Kentucky stay one step ahead of backyard chemists who constantly change the formulas of banned drugs to keep them legal, Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday May, 31, ceremonially signed House Bill 481, which bans whole classes of synthetic drugs.

    The new law, which was passed by lawmakers in this year’s legislative session, targets substances that are often sold as bath salts and potpourri but which have harmful and hallucinogenic effects.

  • Six county economic task force to hire a coordinator

    By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat

    Six counties joined forces last Thursday to expand local businesses and employment.

    The judge-executives from Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Oldham, Owen and Trimble counties have been meeting together to form the I-71 Kentucky Corridor Regional Task Force, Inc.

  • It’s Massie, Adkins in the 4th district

    By Scott Wartman

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Backed by the tea party, Thomas Massie won the Republican Primary on Tuesday for Kentucky’s Fourth Congressional District.

    Massie, Lewis County’s judge-executive, beat six other Republicans for the nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, who is not seeking re-election. In the general election he will face Democrat Bill Adkins, of Williamstown, who beat one other candidate in his party’s primary.

  • Bridge closed more than 12 hours following 911 reports of problems

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    An investigation is under way following a series of calls received by the 911 emergency system in Madison, Ind. that led to the closure of the Milton-Madison Bridge on Friday night.

    Jefferson County, Ind., Sheriff John Wallace said he has asked the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for its assistance in the investigation.

  • Milton-Madison Bridge worker dies following injury at job site

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    A construction worker injured last week at the Milton-Madison Bridge has died, according to Greg Prince, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Seymour Division.

    Roger Lee Cox, 50, of Austin, Ind., was taken off life support on Thursday, May 3 and was pronounced dead at 5:45 p.m., Prince said.

    “We still don’t know the cause of death,” Prince said. “The only thing we know for sure is that he was found unconscious at the work site.”