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Regional

  • 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.

  • Senator proposes bill to legalize marijuana in Kentucky

    By JACKSON FRENCH

    Bowling Green Daily News

    Recreational marijuana use would be legal in Kentucky in 2016 if proposed legislation becomes law. 

    State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a bill called the Cannabis Freedom Act. The bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 years or older, decriminalize offenses such as unauthorized growing and distribution and consuming cannabis in public and place an excise tax on the drug. 

  • 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.

  • Republican caucus held March 5 in lieu of primary

    By Chris Mayhew

    Kentucky Enquirer

    Kentucky Republican voters will vote for their presidential candidate in a March 5 caucus instead of a May primary election.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul asked the Republican Party of Kentucky for a caucus so he can run for both president and re-election to the U.S. Senate. The party’s central committee voted 111-36 in August to switch to a caucus. Paul has donated $250,000 and has pledged another $200,000 to pay the GOP for the caucus costs.

  • Circuit, District judges seek adult drug court funding

    By JACOB BLAIR

    Landmark News Service

    Carroll, Grant and Owen counties in Kentucky are three of seven across the Commonwealth that currently do not have a Drug Court program, but that could change in the near future.

    Chief Circuit Judge Leslie Knight and Chief District Judge Elizabeth Chandler have recently requested state funding for a drug court program, Administrative Office of the Courts Public Information Specialist Jamie Neal said.

  • Poor free throw shooting hinders Carroll’s comeback attempt at TC

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Trimble County High School celebrated the school’s 42-year girls basketball legacy Friday while hosting border rival Carroll County in the Lady Raiders’ home opener of the 2015-16 basketball season. Poor free throw shooting plagued the Lady Panthers who, competing in their first contest of the young season, were defeated 66-39.

  • Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

    The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

    Holiday activities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can pull people away from their regular blood donation schedules. This creates a greater need for blood donations this time of year, especially around the winter holidays. To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 23, 2015, through Jan. 3, 2016, will get a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Bevin, Beshear clash over budget outlook

    By TOM LOFTUS

    Courier-Journal

    Gov.-elect Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he is inheriting a “financial crisis” from departing Gov. Steve Beshear.