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Central Ky. Regional Public Policy Group to go to nation’s capital to discuss energy issues

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Business, government and community leaders in Central Kentucky are gearing up for the Regional Public Policy Group’s annual Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by Columbia Gas of Kentucky on July 23 and 24.   During the trip, attendees will meet with …

David Duttlinger reflects on first months
as head of beleaguered Bluegrass ADD

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   David Duttlinger stepped into the churning turmoil at Bluegrass Area Development District last fall at the most difficult of times. The organization’s former executive director was under fire, forced to resign in the …

Lexington Police’s nine-month investigation of illegal drug activity ends with 55 arrests

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Lexington Police are wrapping up a nine-month investigation, called Operation Transformation, focusing on illegal drug activity in the east end of downtown Lexington, officials said today. So far, there have been 55 arrests, with six sealed indictments pending.   “This …

Construction begins on Kentucky’s first ‘megawatt-scale’ carbon capture pilot system

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The state’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Co.’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg.   The announcement was made during a news conference and ribbon cutting on …

Governor has plan to attract more commercial airlines to Bowling Green-Warren Co. airport

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  Kentucky state funding will be used to promote commercial air service at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport.   Gov. Steve Beshear announced a plan to make available $750,000 next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015. That would …

Traffic Report July 21-July 25:
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   Traffic could be congested in the downtown area near the Fifth-Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park on Thursday, July 24, for the Central Bank Thursday Night …

As auditor begins hearings on rural hospitals’ finances, state provides Medicaid report

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By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   The expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program funneled $284 million to Kentucky health care providers in the first quarter of the year, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services says in a …

Lawmakers hear testimony on houseboat industry’s concerns

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  Kentucky’s multimillion-dollar houseboat industry is being threatened by the unattended consequences of several public policy changes, industry leaders told state legislators on Thursday in Jamestown.   Issues including the collection of personal property taxes on boats are sending Kentucky’s …

‘First honest politician’ coming to a political theater near you in fake Kentucky Senate race

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  “So this summer, I’ll be driving a big bus around Kentucky telling all the folks who happen to live there everything I won’t be doing for them,” said Gil Fulbright.   What? Who?   Fulbright is the latest “candidate” …

Court of Appeals to hear Franklin Co. cases July 22, in Shepherdsville, open to the public

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  The Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear three civil cases on appeal from Franklin County Circuit Court when it convenes Tuesday, July 22, at the Bullitt County Judicial Center in Shepherdsville.   Proceedings are open to the public and …

Bluegrass ADD will receive two prestigious innovations awards at national conference

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  The National Association of Development Organizations will present the Bluegrass Area Development District with two 2014 Innovation Awards at its annual conference in Denver, Colorado, in August.   The awards will recognize the ADD’s “Kentucky Chemical Weapons Disposal Project …

Kentucky’s June unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, down 1 percent from June 2013

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  Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for June dropped to 7.4 percent from a revised 7.7 percent in May 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.   …

Georgetown company works more than 360,000 hours without a lost-time incident

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  Concept Packaging to recognize employees were awarded the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. The company’s employees have worked more than 360,000 hours without a lost-time accident or illness.   Concept Packaging produces corrugated, honeycomb and returnable packaging in various …

Centre College, along with AARP, WAVE3 News, proposes McConnell, Grimes debate

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  Centre College in Danville, site of two U.S. vice presidential debates, is proposing to be the site of another high-profile debate, this time between Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.   “We are …

Governor’s budget reduction order avoids
cuts to education, health care, public safety

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Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a budget reduction order for Fiscal Year 2014 to fill a $91 million General Fund budget deficit in accordance with state law.   The budget enacted by the General Assembly includes a General Fund Budget …

Digital radio system will allow seamless emergency communication in Lexington

Lexington is taking another step forward in public safety this year with the installation of a digital radio system that will allow seamless emergency communication among first responders, including police, fire, corrections and airport officials, while covering 98% of the …

Traffic Report July 14-July 18:
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   Traffic could be congested in the downtown area near the Fifth-Third Pavilion at Cheapside Park on Thursday, July 17, for the Central Bank Thursday …

Jim Gray signs executive order temporarily allowing personal use of police cruisers

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Mayor Jim Gray today, vowing he would “not let the cost of a tank of gas get in the way of public safety,” signed an executive order that will temporarily allow police officers to drive their cruisers for personal use …

Meetings set for recording public comments on horsepower limits, speeds on small lakes

  The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will hold a second series of public meetings to electronically record comments pertaining to a proposal to lift motor restrictions on several small department-owned lakes in the state.   Department officials …

Public hearing and discussion forum on environmental education master plan set

  The Kentucky Environmental Education Council will hold a public meeting July 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. for input on Kentucky’s five-year environmental education master plan.   The meeting is at the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm at 3591 Leestown …