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McConnell waves Republican Banner, praises Ky. Republicans, Trump during Fancy Farm speech

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was effusive in his praise of Kentucky Republicans during his speech at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic and political speaking in western Kentucky on Saturday. “Under President Trump, Gov. Bevin and our united Republican leadership, Kentucky is leading the way,” he said. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the podium...

Julie Raque Adams: Vaping, a trend among nation’s youths, is really a public health epidemic

If you’re a mom like me, you’re likely alarmed over the recent spike in vaping among teens. Unfortunately, vaping has become a trend for our youth. But as parents, we know it’s really a public health epidemic. Here in Kentucky, almost half of high school students — with developing brains that are extremely vulnerable to harmful nicotine — have tried vaping. As the Kentucky Senate...

Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant of $2.55 million announced for Portal 31 Exhibition Mine

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin announced last week a $2.55 million Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Grant to restore and enhance the Portal 31 Exhibition Mine and create a scenic overlook and parking area at Black Mountain. The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands awarded the grant to Harlan County...

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...

McConnell announces bill focused on combating opioid epidemic among nation’s workforce

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced another piece of legislation on Tuesday to help combat the opioid crisis in Kentucky and the rest of the country. “Today I am proud to announce legislation to address this crisis’ devastating effects on the American worker and the American workforce,” McConnell said. “Stable employment is not just a path to...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association honors Senator Mitch McConnell with “100 Proof” Award

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association last week week honored U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for his leadership in championing the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Sen. McConnell is the first federal official to ever receive the award, which is the highest honor that the KDA bestows to elected officials. KDA member executives...

Northern KY attorney nominated for U.S. appeals court; Union resident Nalbandian awaits confirmation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Northern Kentucky attorney has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati. Nalbandian The White House announced Tuesday the naming of John B. Nalbandian, of Union, to the federal appeals court bench. Nalbandian is a partner in the litigation practice group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP,...