• Edelen: Rape kit backlog means court have to set criminals free

    By James Pilcher

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    HEBRON – The number of untested rape kits throughout Kentucky could number in the thousands, state Auditor Adam Edelen said Tuesday. The delay means a  backlog of up to a year for many victims and prosecutors around the commonwealth.

  • Farmers must turn to soy beans, other crops to make ends meet


    The State Journal

    After being hampered because of a shortage of help and increasingly restrictive regulations, many veteran tobacco farmers in Franklin County have stopped growing the crop entirely.

    Kerry Redding, who says tobacco has been part of his livelihood for decades, says this is the first time in 30 years he has not planted the crop.

    “It’s just different,” Redding said. “It feels funny not to be doing it anymore.”

  • No charges in Henry County shooting


    Landmark News Service

    The drama at a semi-pro football game held in New Castle Saturday evening happened off the field when two representatives of the Indiana Trybe fought and one ended up being hospitalized with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the head, according to information from the Kentucky State Police.

  • New child-care ratings focus on quality


    The Courier-Journal

    Parents will soon have a better way to gauge the quality of most child-care and early education programs in Kentucky thanks to an overhaul of the state’s system for evaluating providers.

    State officials are revamping the STARS for KIDS NOW rating system to help parents wade through the confusion of child-care options and encourage higher levels of instruction and professional development among providers.

  • More than 30 businesses coming to NKY job fair June 4 in Florence

    The Kentucky Career Center is partnering with Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), Hero2Hired and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to host a manufacturing, transportation and logistics job fair with an emphasis on employing veterans on Thursday, June 4 from noon - 4 p.m. in Florence.

    The job fair will take place at the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at GCTC, 500 Technology Way in Florence.

  • Owen County hospital files chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy


    Landmark News Service

    A Friday news release from New Horizons Health Systems declared “business as usual” for the corporation, despite having filed for chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy earlier that day.

    According to the release, the hospital’s board of directors voted last month to file chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy so the hospital and its clinic can remain open for the “foreseeable future.”

  • Conway: Facing Bevin not like Rand Paul

    By James Pilcher

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway knows what it’s like to run in a major statewide campaign against a figure associated with the tea party.

    And Tuesday, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee made it clear that he feels this campaign against presumed Republican candidate Matt Bevin is a much different story than when he lost to now U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Bowling Green, in 2010.

  • Kentucky exports up 11 percent in 2015, ranks third in the nation

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – While national exports are down 5 percent from this time last year, Kentucky’s products were thriving in the global market in early 2015.

    Through the first quarter of 2015, Kentucky’s exports were 11 percent higher than a year ago, ranking the state third in the nation for year-over-year export growth. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, aside from Missouri, no other state bordering Kentucky placed in the top 10.

  • Bevin, Conway win Carroll County


    The News-Democrat and The Courier-Journal

    Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway carried unofficial vote tallies in Carroll County as they sought their party nominations for governor in Tuesday’s statewide primary election.

  • Seven things to know about Ky. governor primary


    The Kentucky Enquirer

    The old saying in Kentucky is that no one really focuses on the state’s primary elections until after the Kentucky Derby.

    Well, just two days after American Pharoah strode into the winner’s circle and was draped with the roses, the garish allegations that one of the Republican candidates had abused his ex-girlfriend in college and helped her get an abortion certainly woke everyone up.