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Spirit of Kentucky Award goes to Kentucky Connected public-private partners along I-71

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The 2014 Spirit of Kentucky Award was presented to Kentucky Connected, a public-private regional partnership consisting of counties located between the Greater Cincinnati and Louisville metro areas, along the I-71 corridor. The award was presented as part of the 39th …

BGADD takes ownership of office building
in step toward what auditor calls ‘real reform’

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  The Bluegrass Area Development District today took ownership of the office building it has been leasing since 1994, bringing an end to a controversial arrangement that was at the center of a scathing report by State Auditor Adam Edelen …

New bill takes state juvenile justice system back to drawing board – treatment, not jail

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State and local leaders, including Gov. Steve Beshear, joined Thursday to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.   Senate Bill 200 …

Despite Supreme Court ruling, Woodford, Clark, Madison counties remain smoke-free

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  By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Three counties in Kentucky with unenforceable smoking bans continue to be smoke-free by the people’s choice.   Clark, Madison and Woodford counties have smoking bans that can’t be enforced because they are …

Bill Straub: McConnell and the mule … or how the ‘second kick’ might not be so bad after all

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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has suddenly discovered the second kick of a mule doesn’t hurt so bad after all.   The veteran Kentucky lawmaker, who stands a better-than-even chance of achieving his life-long ambition of leading the majority in …

Kentucky is losing less money in workers’ compensation injuries for ninth straight year

An annual filing most insurance carriers will use to develop rates for workers’ compensation coverage shows the ninth consecutive overall decrease in loss costs, Department of Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark announced today.   The 2014 filing, approved by the …

I-65 widening project near Mammoth Cave
is awarded for coming in ‘under budget’

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A project that increased traffic capacity, improved safety and reduced congestion along a major artery in Southcentral Kentucky has been recognized with a regional transportation award for coming in under budget.   The Interstate 65 widening project in Barren County …

Agenda being finalized for 38th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment

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Online registration is under way for the 38th Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, sponsored each year by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. The conference is Oct. 7-8 at the Lexington Convention Center at 430 W. Vine St. …

Needed: Volunteers to go over foster care review board case files, interview families

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Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Kentucky, mostly in the northeastern part of the state, are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. The counties in need of volunteers are Bath, Boyd, …

Louisville representative to file bill making venture crowdfunding possible in Kentucky

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With the goal of making it easier for Kentuckians to invest in new or growing businesses across the state, state Rep. Steve Riggs said he will file legislation that would bring crowdfunding to the commonwealth.   “This form of investment, …

‘Significant investments’ in infrastructure needed to shore up 22-county BEAM region

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  A 51-member committee of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement has released an assessment of the region’s infrastructure, including roadways, waterways and fiber optic capabilities. The committee found that the 22-county BEAM region should make significant investments to shore up …

McConnell-Grimes debate not coming to
a college near you, Centre College officials say

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Centre College officials announced Monday their decision to cancel a proposed debate between the two Kentucky candidates for U.S. Senate – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.   The debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. …

Kentucky Court of Appeals convenes in Burlington to hear Clark, Franklin cases

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals will convene Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Burlington to hear civil cases on appeal from Clark and Franklin counties. Proceedings are open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. in the fourth floor courtroom …

Education department making push for public comment – and understanding – of standards

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  By Brad Hughes Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Department of Education Monday launched a major push to get teachers, parents and others to learn more about the state’s English/language arts and math academic measures, and then to provide …

Abandoned Mine Lands to pays for Bell Co. landslide reclamation threatening schools

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  The Department for Natural Resources’ Division of Abandoned Mine Lands announced the award of contract and start of construction of the Bell Central School Center AML Reclamation Project in Bell County. The project is a priority because a landslide …

Change in state law allows Kentucky Lottery
to air ‘Where the Money Goes’ commercials

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  For the first time in its 25-year history, the Kentucky Lottery today is advertising where proceeds from the sale of its games are spent.   This has never happened before because, until recently, it would’ve been against the law. …

Transportation Cabinet accepts submissions
in the 2014 Adopt-a-Highway poster contest

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  The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced the beginning of the 2014 Adopt-a-Highway Poster Contest.   Students across the Commonwealth are invited to submit creative works for use in the Adopt-a-Highway calendar for 2015. The contest is open to all …

About Kentucky: Governor speaks about expanding broadband access across state

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Weekly Gov. Steve Beshear posts a video commentary about topics related to Kentucky. This week he speaks about expanding broadband access across the Bluegrass. See below:       From Office of the Governor

Warren Co. commonwealth attorney calls for correcting ‘possible hiccups’ in criminal code

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Stealing a renewal decal off a motor vehicle is a Class D felony in Kentucky. So is fourth-offense DUI, and possession of child pornography, according to Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron.   The penalty for having a stolen license …

Traffic Report Aug. 25-29:
A road work heads up for the week

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Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   Special Notes   The Division of Traffic Engineering plans to install multi-way stop signs and pavement markings at the intersection of Autumn Ridge Drive and Pleasant Ridge Drive …