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  • Henry native survives cruise nightmare

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    Special to The Henry County Local

    Henry County native Joe Ryan, 23, is looking forward to a trip to Destin, Fla., with friends later this year, after he graduates from Eastern Kentucky University.

    It will be a landlocked location – “No captain needed for time on the beach,” he said during a phone interview Monday.

    Seems mundane, but Ryan is ready for mundane.

  • Beshear authorizes funding for federal heating crisis program

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear announced the immediate distribution of $9.5 million in additional federal appropriations for Kentucky’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

     “The availability of home heating assistance is critical at this time of the year,” Gov. Beshear said. “More funding means more Kentucky families can apply for assistance to stay warm during the colder months.”

  • State snow and ice crews ready to combat wintry weather

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet maintenance crews are well prepared for winter precipitation expected this afternoon into the evening. 

    Nearly 2,000 KYTC employees are available for efforts to treat and clear more than 60,000 lane miles of roads.

  • Bill that would allow ads on school buses could go for House vote this week

    By William Croyle

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    A bill that would allow advertising on school buses could go to a vote in the House this week.

    House Bill 30, proposed by Rep. Terry Mills, D-Lebanon, and co-sponsored by six other legislators, would enable school district’s to sell exterior advertising on buses.

    Similar legislation proposed last year passed the House but died in the Senate.

  • Summit on child abuse deaths recommends more transparency

    By Linda B. Blackford

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    LOUISVILLE — Improved transparency and accountability at the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services would be the best way to lessen the number of children killed in abuse and neglect cases, according to a group of social workers, child advocates, judges and legislators who met Saturday.

  • Kentucky among first states invited into workforce development project

    From the KPA
    News Content Service

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and Kentucky Workforce Investment Board announced Friday that Kentucky is among the first states to be accepted into the national ACT Certified Work Ready Communities Academy. Membership will help Kentucky be a national leader in developing the local workforce skills necessary to meet current employer demands and attract businesses to the state in the future.

  • Help to make a difference during National Blood Donor Month

    January is National Blood Donor Month and above all other times of the year, it is the month that presents the most challenges for blood collection. Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.

  • Governor urges Kentuckians to apply for the earned income tax credit

    From KPA News Content Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear Monday joined Congressman Ben Chandler, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and others at the United Way of the Bluegrass to launch his annual campaign to urge eligible Kentuckians to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families.

  • House expected to act on redistricting this week

    By Jack Brammer

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.

    House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, said Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts on Wednesday.

  • It’s time to apply for college aid

    By Kelly Cantrall

    Landmark News Service

    For many students, choosing and applying to colleges often comes down to dollars and cents.

    How to pay for college often is one of the first things students begin to contemplate when the college application process begins. One of the main components in seeking aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

    The application for 2012-13 funding became available Sunday and can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.