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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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Rand Paul is throwing his support behind President Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh after initially saying he wasn’t sure he would vote to confirm the nominee. Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says one Republican no vote could derail the confirmation. 

Assessing Unemployment Trends Over Time

Jul 30, 2018
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Unemployment figures are often looked to as a way to determine the status of a country, state, or even county’s economic engine.  But, there can be wide fluctuation in rates.

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The number of motorists using three tolled bridges between Louisville and Southern Indiana is increasing.  

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A man has been arrested in connection with five arson fires over less than 24 hours this weekend in downtown Lexington.  Three vehicles in three different parking structures were destroyed while two other fires were set inside the Hyatt Hotel. 

Lexington Arson Investigation Bureau Commander Rob King says 23 -year -old Andy Wayne Hall faces two counts of first degree arson and three counts of arson, in the second degree.“I would have to say it’s very unusual.  I cannot remember in my 19 years of service of having something like this,” said King.

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The dayroom/cafeteria/meeting room at the Catholic Action Center Sunday was standing-room only  as public health nurse Kimberly Harris explained how the vaccination clinic would work.

Paperwork is there, she said pointing the back of the room to a staff member in a yellow shirt. Then, she said, go down the hall to the health department team in matching gray T-shirts. Then, she said, back to the center's administration in the right-hand corner at the back  of the long, crowded space.

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The spokesperson for the Madison County, Kentucky, Health Department said there is a real threat of a Hepatitis A outbreak at the detention center right down the road in Richmond.

Built to house about 240 inmates, it holds more than 400.  

“It’s like a petri dish, they are packed so close together,” he said.

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An early morning fire in northern Garrard County has done significant damage to a long time log furniture manufacturer. 

 

County Emergency Management Services Director Tim May says a building used to cut wood and a nearby paint shop at Rocky Top Log Furniture and Railing were destroyed. “They have a lot of sawdust and things of that nature and their sawdust bin, for whatever reason, exploded, burst into flames and caught one of their main buildings in the back on fire,” said May.

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Health officials in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia say the number of overdose deaths related to the opioid crisis continued to rise in 2017 as state data began to reflect the fatalities related to the powerful drug fentanyl.

A new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy found 1,565 died from drug overdoses last year, up 11.5 percent from 2016.

Fentanyl played a factor in more than half of the overdose cases in which a toxicology report was available.

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Amid a shortage of skilled workers, Gov. Matt Bevin says that the state and country need to focus on training young people to fill jobs in high-demand industries like manufacturing, healthcare and transportation.

The governor once again singled out French literature as an area of study that the students shouldn’t focus on. 
 

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A petition drive is underway in Lexington to put a nickel property tax increase before voters this fall.  The Fayette School Board approved the new 5 cent tax last week to pay for a $13 million school safety program.

Study Shows Pain Pill Prescriptions Dropping

Jul 26, 2018
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A new poll shows a significant drop in the number of Kentucky adults who say they’ve been prescribed pain pills.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll says 34-percent of adults say they got prescriptions for pain medicine over a five-year-period leading up to—and including--2017.

That’s a drop of 21-percentage points from a similar poll taken in 2011.

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The spread of a stomach virus, initially centered in Lexington’s Fayette Mall food court, continues to cause concern among health officials.  

The first reported count of norovirus cases earlier this week tallied about 150.  Now, Health Department Spokesman Kevin Hall says the stomach bug numbers exceed 350, which is unusually high.

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An area roughly the size of Delaware has been mined for coal in Appalachia using mountaintop removal, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers from Duke University and nonprofit organizations SkyTruth and Appalachian Voices developed an open-source mapping tool drawing on satellite imagery.

Federal Grant Aids Pipeline Project in Perry County

Jul 25, 2018
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The mayor of Hazard is optimistic federal grant funds will pave the way for construction of a natural gas pipeline to an existing Perry County industrial park. 

Mayor Jimmy Lindon just got word of preliminary approval for $900,000 through the Abandoned Mine Lands Program. “It’s not going to be just Hazard, Perry County.  It’s going to be a regional thing.  We’re going to be close to the Knott County and Breathitt County and Leslie County.  So, it’s going to involve our region,” said Lindon.

Confederate Statues In Lexington Moved To Cemetery

Jul 25, 2018
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Bronze statues of two confederate figures now reside in the Lexington Cemetery.  The likenesses of John Hunt Morgan and John Breckinridge had been in storage for nine months before being positioned in the historic resting place Tuesday.

The statues of Morgan and Breckinridge were lifted off their pedestals on the historic courthouse lawn last October.  The decision to remove the statues and subsequent placement in a warehouse attracted much attention.  

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On Wednesday, a federal appeals court will hear arguments over a Kentucky law requiring doctors to show and describe a fetal ultrasound to patients before conducting an abortion.

The law also requires doctors to play audio of the fetal heartbeat, even if patients object.

The measure was struck down by a lower court last fall, citing concerns over the psychological harm it could cause. But Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lexington's Fayette Mall Food Court Reopens

Jul 24, 2018
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A Lexington health official says most of the eating establishments in the Fayette Mall food court have re-opened.  This comes after the multi-restaurant section was shut down Monday following a rash of stomach illnesses reported by people eating in the food court.

Storm Clean Up Continues This Week

Jul 24, 2018
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There’s still some aftermath to the storms which raked across the Commonwealth last Friday evening.  Kentucky Utilities Spokesman Daniel Lowry says Kentucky Utilities and LG &E power outages peaked at 170,000.  The remaining 2000 or so in Woodford County were expected to be addressed by the end of Tuesday. 

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The low rumble of industrial fans fills the Catholic Action Center in Lexington, a shelter that provides meals and other services for homeless people.

It’s mid-morning on a hot July day and dozens of people sit camped on couches in the entryway, or slouch at tables nearby. Despite the fans the air is stale from too many bodies too close together — ideal conditions for the spread of disease.

 

Kentucky’s bourbon association is worried that a drawn-out trade war could slow down growth of the state’s signature distilling industry.  The group is inviting distilling companies from around the world to discuss tariffs at a “whiskey summit” next week. 

Kentucky bourbon is in the crosshairs of retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, Mexico and Canada after President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from those countries. 
 

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