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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he has secured $11 million dollars to combat Asian Carp in west Kentucky waterways. McConnell said in a release today  that a provision in a government funding bill directs the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to focus efforts on combating the invasive fish in Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and the larger Mississippi and Ohio River Basins. McConnell said with passage of the Senate bill, the state is one step closer to sending needed financial federal resources.

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Ashland Inc. is moving its headquarters out of Kentucky after nearly a century.

According to Kentucky.com, the Lexington office will also close.

Ashland was once an oil company and now concentrates on specialty chemicals found in everything from wrinkle cream to boat resin. It operates in more than 100 countries.

Jack Russell, of Russell Capital Management, said the company had a statewide impact.

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For almost a quarter century, car enthusiasts from all over the United States have come to Louisville for the National Street Rod Association event.  

Juice Limitations for Young Children

Jul 31, 2018
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A number of media reports this week are emphasizing the potential negative impact of too much fruit juice for young children.  A University of Kentucky dietetics and human nutrition professor recommends eating fruit over drinking fruit juice when possible.

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Kentucky Interim Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis is offering Jefferson County Public Schools a settlement to avoid a state takeover.

He’s proposing what he calls “enhanced oversight” of the district instead, without taking full management away. The district’s deadline to respond is Wednesday.

At a back-to-school press briefing Tuesday JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio didn’t offer a specific timeline on a decision.

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The owners of 21c Museum Hotels are selling a majority interest in their company to the multinational AccorHotels group. 

AccorHotels announced Tuesday that it’s acquiring 85 percent of 21c from founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The purchase price is $51 million. 

Brown and Wilson established the flagship 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville in 2006. The company now operates eight properties in seven states, including one in Lexington, with three more in development.

Eastern Kentucky University Increases Solar Power

Jul 30, 2018
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Work got underway Monday to significantly increase the use of solar power at Eastern Kentucky University.   The project involves the installation of 120 solar panels on top of the north wing of the science building.

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The director of Lexington’s Parking Authority says additional surveillance measures could be implemented, following this weekend’s arson crimes in the downtown area.  \

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A congressional hearing on the growing problem of invasive Asian Carp in Kentucky and Tennessee waterways drew a crowd of more than 375 people at the Lyon County Convention Center Friday afternoon.

As the event began, community participants continued to stagger into the hearing, lining the walls due to witness a panel provide testimony to Congressional First District Representative James Comer.

The commonwealth is gaining a new tool to help employers struggling to find 
workers with the skills they need. Kentucky is one of three states in the nation preparing to host statewide Talent Pipeline Management Academies created by the U.S. Chamber Foundation. Participating employers and education providers will use a data-driven approach to connect employers with workers. Beth Davisson is Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center.

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Jim Justice Continues To Owe Millions In Back Taxes

Aug 7, 2018
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  After years of delinquency, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice says his family company’s overdue taxes and fines in the state have been cleared. But Justice offered no information on millions owed in Kentucky and other states. Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports.

West Virginia revenue officials say the debt obligations from Justice’s coal companies have been paid, including fines and taxes. Justice failed to say how much was owed and whether any of the amounts paid were reduced as part of negotiations.

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West Kentucky farmer Judy Wilson says her family is a bit of a sundry bunch.

“We love the farm, but we also love all the nature,” she said.

Wilson is driving down a back-country road that divides two fields, to the left is her soybean crop and to the right is 102 acres that she has placed in the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program, something her husband always wanted.

 

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An Ohio-based collaborative thinks journalists can play a bigger role in solving the region’s opioid crisis. The effort starts with listening to people in some of the hardest-hit communities.

A group of about 50 people gathered in a small building at the fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio, to share their thoughts on the region’s opioid crisis with local journalists.

 

Some have studied addiction for years. Others have only experienced it through a loved one. And some, like Washington County resident Jackson Patterson, have seen both sides of the epidemic.

 

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