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  • Paul, Gray appear (separately) at Kentucky Farm Bureau forum

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    LOUISVILLE - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his Democratic challenger, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray, answered questions from the Kentucky Farm Bureau about farm policy on Thursday, but not at the same time.

    It’s only the third time both candidates for an office have not appeared at the same time at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Meet the Candidates” forum, according to Bureau President Mark Haney.

  • Gov. Bevin hails U.S. district judge’s bathroom ruling

    By MORGAN WATKINS

    The Courier-Journal

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s office on Monday praised a federal judge’s decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s administration from enforcing its guidelines on transgender students’ access to bathrooms in public schools, although civil rights groups criticized the ruling.

  • Is a police bill needed?

    By PHILLIP M. BAILEY and MORGAN WATKINS

    The Courier-Journal

    It was a low-key shift on a warm July night until Louisville Metro Police Officer DeAris Hoard got the “shots fired” call. Hoard, a 25-year-old who has spent three years on the force, had handled minor problems so far: a stolen phone, a noise complaint, a fender-bender. Then an officer saw a man fire a gun from a balcony near East Oak Street.

  • More Kentucky cities, counties OK liquor sales

    By DON WILKINS

    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Before 2016 ends, it could become one of the wettest years on record, and not because of the copious amounts of rain that have fallen this summer, but for the number of cities and counties that are voting in favor of alcohol.

  • 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.”

  • 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.