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  • Hemp processing firm purchases site in Campbellsburg

    By CHRIS BROOKE

    Landmark News Service

    Kentucky Cannabis Company leaders see room in Henry County to grow their effort to provide health benefits from hemp oils, company founder Bill Polyniak said.

  • Bill would let businesses refuse to serve gay customers for reasons of faith

    By John Cheves

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - A Senate committee approved two “religious liberty” bills Thursday, one to legally protect businesses that don’t want to serve gay, lesbian or transgender customers because of the owners’ religious objections, and the other to protect religious expression in public schools.

  • Bevin calls for 9 percent cuts at most state agencies

    By TOM LOFTUS

    The Courier-Journal

    Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday night proposed increasing funding for beleaguered state pension funds by more than a billion dollars over the next two years, finding most of that money by slashing funding to most state agencies by 9 percent.

  • Avoid the penalty: Kynect enrollment deadline is Jan. 31

    By ALYSSA HARVEY

    Bowling Green Daily News

    The Jan. 31 deadline for enrollment in kynect, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, is approaching.

    In 2016, the tax penalty fee for not being enrolled in an insurance program is 2.5 percent of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher, according to the kynect website. Individuals or families who fall below income tax filing levels may not owe anything and may get payment assistance to offset health insurance costs.

  • Kentucky bills would offer death benefits for families of EMS employees

    By GREG KOCHER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Once again, bills have been filed in the Kentucky legislature that would provide a one-time death benefit to help the survivors of fallen employees of emergency medical services.

    The state pays a lump sum to the families of firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty, but not to the survivors of EMS workers. Survivors of paramedics in Lexington are eligible for the benefits because they are part of the fire department.

  • Kentucky ranks last in protection of animals

    By BRENT SCHANDING and GAYLE DEATON

    The State Journal

    For the ninth year in a row, Kentucky ranks last among the 50 states for its protection of animals. That’s according to The Animal Legal Defense Fund, which bases its annual rankings on a comprehensive review of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws. 

  • Meet the players of the 2016 General Assembly

    By JOHN CHEVES

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    There are 138 members of the General Assembly when it’s at full capacity, often working alongside the governor and his senior staff; lower-level constitutional officers like the attorney general; professional Frankfort lobbyists; citizens’ advocacy groups; and others buzzing about the Capitol. Here are a few people in particular to watch this year’s 60-day legislative session which began Tuesday:

  • General Assembly to deal with new governor, same old money problems

    By JOHN CHEVES

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky’s legislature returns to Frankfort on Tuesday for a 60-day session featuring an ambitious Republican governor who wants to shake up state government, a solidly Republican Senate that intends to help him and a House that almost has slipped from Democrats’ hands.

  • Year in Ky. business saw Toyota expand, bourbon boom, coal decline

    By TOM EBLEN

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    This was an eventful year for Kentucky businesses: Toyota accelerated, bourbon distillers rolled out more barrels, Tempur Sealy employees lost some sleep, King Coal coughed and wheezed, and so much more.

    As Toyota marked its third year as the world’s top-selling automaker, the Georgetown assembly plant that since 1988 has been churning out Camrys, Avalons and Venzas opened a new production line in October to make the Lexus ES 350.

  • Right-to-work no sure bet in Ky. legislature

    By TOM LOFTUS

    The Courier-Journal

    The first plank of the platform that Matt Bevin released as a longshot candidate for governor early this year is labeled: “Right to Work. Enacting Pro-Business Legislation.”

    So as the Republican governor settles into office – with a shrinking Democratic majority in the Kentucky House – the outlook is better for passage of the so-called right-to-work bill that would ban union membership or payment of union dues as a condition for employment.