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Lexington joins Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, creates new office

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Lexington is joining a nationwide effort to end homelessness among military veterans.   “Everyone deserves a safe, clean place they can call home, especially men and women who have served our country,” Mayor Jim Gray said after announcing Lexington would …

Traffic Report July 28-Aug. 1:
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 31, for the Central Bank Thursday Night …

Beware of bogus mailings with unclaimed property message, state treasurer warns

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Kentuckians should be wary of suspicious mail, emails or other contact regarding unclaimed property that does not include the official Kentucky State Treasury letter head, State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach. The treasurer’s office was recently notified of the suspicious mailings by …

Beshear touts Kentucky, SOAR initiative at White House rural opportunity conference

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In his keynote address at the White House Rural Council’s Rural Opportunity Investment Conference, Gov. Steve Beshear discussed economic opportunities in Kentucky with investors, rural business leaders and government officials and highlighted the Shaping Our Appalachian Region or SOAR initiative. …

State council, university partnership for environmental ed host public meetings

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The Kentucky Environmental Education Council is joining with the Kentucky University Partnership for Environmental Education to host a series of public meetings in August for input on Kentucky’s five-year environmental education master plan. The meetings are scheduled for the times …

Millersburg native to receive Henry Clay award from Kentucky Society of Washington

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Staff report   The 2014 Henry Clay Distinguished Kentuckian award will be presented tonight in Washington, D.C., to William Kent Suter who grew up in Millersburg and served for 20 years as the 19th clerk of the U.S. Supreme Court. …

House Bill 445 signed in Covington to allow Kentucky startup investors to get tax credits

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Angel investors now have another reason to invest in Kentucky’s small and startup companies – tax credits.   Gov. Steve Beshear joined state lawmakers, community leaders and angel investors Wednesday to ceremonially sign House Bill 445. The legislation expands the …

USDA guarantees $30 million loan for Owen Electric to build, improve 228 miles of line

Owen Electric Cooperative Inc., which serves 57,710 customers, has received a $30 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of eight rural electric cooperatives to receive such funding.   “This loan guarantee to Owen Electric Cooperative will …

State education commissioner named 2014 Policy Leader of Year by national association

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Terry Holliday, Kentucky’s commissioner of education, has been named the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The honor is given annually to a national or state policymaker in recognition of his …

Ethics Reporter: $1.3B in contracts reviewed; most large ones with out-of-state companies

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Special to KyForward   Although the 2014-16 Kentucky state budget includes the 14th round of budget cuts since 2008, and the state announced a $91 million revenue shortfall, Kentucky’s executive and judicial agencies presented 1,698 contracts and other agreements totaling …

Rep. Leslie Combs thinks House will pass legislation for public-private partnerships

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State Rep. Leslie Combs, a leading advocate for expanding public-private partnerships in Kentucky, recently took part in a national meeting focused on this growing trend in state and local government.   “We are seeing a lot of governments across the …

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” …