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  • Time Warner Cable to buy Insight for $3 billion

    By Scott Sloan

    Lexington Herald Leader

    National cable giant Time Warner Cable, which operates in many areas in Central Kentucky, announced Monday that it will acquire Insight Communications, the largest cable operator in Kentucky, in a $3 billion deal.

    Many in the industry have long expected the deal, given that Insight’s operations are so close geographically to some of Time Warner Cable’s and that Insight’s ownership shopped the company around in 2007.

  • Fancy Farm turns up the heat in Kentucky political campaigns

    By Scott Wartman

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic spoke about his trip to the Middle East and drew the ire of his opponents, who criticized the governor for not talking about state issues.

  • Smoke-free laws don’t harm the economy

    By ANN BLACKFORD

    UK College of Nursing

    In a recent study published in Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Ellen Hahn, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and Mark Pyles, an assistant professor of finance in the School of Business at the College of Charleston, found smoke-free legislation does not negatively influence local economies in either rural or urban communities.

    This is true regardless of whether the law is enacted at the state or local level, the study showed.

  • Beshear ahead of Williams as Fancy Farm approaches

    By Paul Glasser

    The State Journal

    Gov. Steve Beshear has the advantage over his Republican challenger David Williams, leading to the unofficial start of the gubernatorial campaign at Saturday’s Fancy Farm Picnic, political analysts say.

    However, they disagree on how fiercely the two candidates will clash when they deliver stump speeches at the historic political gathering in Western Kentucky. This is the 131st year of the picnic, known for its homemade barbecue mutton and desserts.

  • Study on bridge may result in lower inspection costs nationwide

    The eventual destruction of the 81-year-old Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River, scheduled for next year, has presented a rare opportunity for researchers at Purdue University.

    Robert Conner, an associate professor of civil engineering at Purdue and a national expert in the study of steel fatigue, is hoping to use the bridge to compile research that will help transportation officials throughout the United States better inspect and diagnose “fracture critical” truss bridges.

  • Work to begin on Indiana approach on Milton-Madison bridge project

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Construction begins this week on the Madison side of the river on a temporary approach ramp that will eventually provide access for drivers using the bridge. Construction of a similar temporary ramp in Milton is expected to begin the week of Aug. 7. The ramps will be used for several months during construction of the new U.S. 421 Milton-Madison Bridge.  

  • Father charged with murder after daughter killed in crash

    By AMBER COULTER

    Landmark News Service

    A Louisville man faces charges including murder following a fatal traffic wreck Friday that killed his 2-year-old daughter of Carrollton.

    Arturo Rodriguez, 22, lost control of the 2000 Cadillac Escalade he was driving southbound on Interstate 65 and entered the median, Kentucky State Police said.

    The vehicle crossed into the northbound lanes where it overturned, police said.

    Officers responded at 5:33 p.m. to the wreck near the 86 mile marker.

  • KSP, state board investigating Trimble County track coach

    A Trimble County track/cross-country coach has been suspended with pay by Superintendent Marcia Dunaway.

    Dunaway informed Jeff Vincent in a letter dated June 20 of the suspension. The Trimble Banner obtained a copy of the letter in accordance with the state’s Open Records law.

    “During your suspension, you are not to be on School District property except at my specific direction, or have contact with any School District staff or students,” the letter states.

  • Couple arrested in widespread check-theft spree

    With the arrest of two people suspected of stealing mail from mailboxes in Trimble, Henry, Carroll and possibly more Kentucky counties, as well as counties in Indiana, law enforcement officials are now working to identify the couple’s victims during a crime spree that spanned several weeks.

  • EF-3 tornado leaves path of damage in Henry County

    By JONNA SPELBRING PRIESTER

    Landmark News Service

    As a cold, steady rain fell, Gregg Williams, along with friends and family members began sorting through the twisted, mangled pile that once was his home.