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McConnell touts Kentucky at forefront of hemp industry at Kentucky Exposition Center forum

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said hemp has a long and proud history in Kentucky and he envisions a bright future for it while addressing a forum Monday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. McConnell and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles were hosts for the hemp forum. They invited U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing...

AK Steel announces plans to shutter remaining operations at Ashland Works by end of 2019

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The news that AK Steel was closing the Ashland Works by the end of 2019 was like a punch in the gut to Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore. “Armco (the former name of the steel plant) raised me,” he said. “I have very strong feelings about it. Being the mayor, losing that many jobs in a small town, is very difficult. We’ll have to regroup. We’ve been a survivor of a...

Braidy Industries on schedule for mill construction, extends fundraising efforts by three months

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries says it has spent $15.7 million on construction so far and is on schedule to begin “full commercial operation in 2021.” 
The company also said in a status update this week that it extended fundraising deadline by three months to March 31 for potential investors. 
”Braidy Industries has had tremendous success on Netcapital, raising over...

Boyd County jailer requests state remove 60 inmates from troubled detention center to alleviate pressure

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In an effort to relieve overcrowding, 60 state inmates are being removed from a Kentucky jail that is reeling from two years of problems, including the death of two inmates in the last week. Boyd County Jailer William Hensley, who was elected to the position in November but took over a month early because of the resignation of the previous jailer, asked for the state...

Eight young Ashland Fire Department firefighters celebrate becoming ‘fire-fathers’ in the same year

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Several young firefighters at a Kentucky fire department may seem a little sleepy these days and it’s not because of 24-hour shifts. Eight firefighters – nearly 20 percent of the Ashland Fire Department’s 50 firemen – became firefathers in the past year. “It’s caused a little shortage of staffing,” said AFD Fire Chief Greg Ray, who saw it coming in January....

Incumbent Andy Barr finds satisfaction in high stakes U.S. House victory against challenger Amy McGrath

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, savored a high-profile and hard-fought win over Democratic challenger Amy McGrath to retain his seat in the 6th Congressional District. Barr’s camp received a gigantic energy boost last month with a visit and endorsement from President Donald Trump, who came to Richmond on one of his many campaign stops in the past two months to try...

Industrial Project Innovation LLC chosen to manage construction of Braidy Atlas aluminum rolling mill

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Another step has been taken toward the Braidy Atlas LLC $1.6 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill becoming a reality. Industrial Project Innovation, LLC, will serve as construction manager for the Braidy Atlas LLC mill in Ashland, the company announced Monday. Working as part of Braidy Industries’ management team, IPI’s role will include program...

Sen. Whitney Westerfield plans to appeal circuit court ruling on Marsy’s Law to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today State Sen. Whitney Westerfield said he will appeal a Franklin County judge’s ruling that orders election officials in Kentucky not to certify results of a referendum on whether to change the state’s constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday that the measure, known as “Marsy’s Law,” was not worded...

Bevin uses social media to ask state workers to pressure lawmakers over troubled pension plan

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin turned to his Facebook page Saturday night to ask current and retired state workers to put pressure on lawmakers to act on the troubled public pension plan. Bevin’s four-minute video said if structural changes aren’t made, the teachers’ retirement system will be out of money in 12 to 15 years. “You should be very concerned,’’ he said. “I’m...

Cats made it look so easy against rival Cardinals in rivalry blowout, 90-61

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today So we now know this much about Kentucky’s basketball team. They can play and play well. 
Kentucky’s 90-61 victory over Louisville on Friday was about as thorough as it was surprising. I mean, really, who saw this coming? 
Just last Saturday, the Wildcats were caught sleepwalking in an 83-75 loss to UCLA. Something was missing and it didn’t look good. This freshmen...