Whiskey Summit Planned In Hopes Of Defusing Trade Conflicts

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Concerned that global trade disputes could escalate — with Kentucky bourbon makers caught in the crosshairs — the industry has invited whiskey associations from across the world to discuss ways to defuse the conflicts.

Convention Center Expansion Underway In Lexington

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Alan Lytle

City leaders have broken ground on the expansion of the Lexington Convention Center, home to Rupp Arena.  At a ceremony on Thursday in front of Heritage Hall, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray described the project as transformational.

Health officials plan to give updates Kentucky's Hepatitis A outbreak, including initiatives to slow it. A statement from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness says the agency will host a news conference Thursday. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control, the Kentucky Department for Public Heath and the Louisville agency are expected to give updated numbers on the outbreak and talk about how people can protect themselves.

Former State Officer To Head Workplace Standards

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Acting Kentucky Labor Secretary David A. Dickerson has appointed Dwayne Depp as the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards.

Depp is an 18-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. He retired in 2009 as the commander of Post 8 in Morehead. After that he served on the state parole board from 2011 to 2015 and was most recently was acting director of enforcement at the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Dickerson says Depp has extensive background in managing employees, budgeting and achieving organizational goals.

Comer Gains Seat On Farm Bill Conference Committee

9 hours ago
Legislative Research Commission

A Kentucky congressman with deep roots in agriculture will serve on the conference committee assigned to negotiate a final version of the next federal farm bill. After his selection to the committee, U.S. Rep. James Comer said Wednesday the final product will be the "most impactful legislation" signed into law this year. He'll also advocate for including language that legalizes hemp, a proposal championed by a fellow Kentucky Republican — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Lexington Herald-Leader

Wednesday night, with a unanimous vote, the Fayette County School Board passed a tax increase for a school safety plan. During a public hearing before the vote, most people in attendance said they supported the move which would tack on a five cent tax for every $100 of property value. That adds about $88 more per year for the average Lexington homeowner and will create $13.5 million in revenue to pay for the districts ten point safety plan.

Printer Company Lexmark Plans About 1,000 Layoffs

Jul 18, 2018

Lexmark says it's planning to lay off about 1,000 employees — about one-ninth of its global workforce — over the next year in the latest restructuring of the printer company.  The Kentucky-based company said Wednesday the restructuring is needed to align its workforce with its strategy to ensure the company's future success.

Gov. Bevin Extends Contract To Investigate Predecessor

Jul 18, 2018
Associated Press

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has extended a contract with an Indiana law firm to investigate corruption in his Democratic predecessor's administration.

Many State Lawmakers Accused Of Misconduct Run Again

Jul 18, 2018
Legislative Research Commission

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.  Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office.

This week on Dr. Greg Davis on Medicine the host talks with Dr. Donna Grigsby, medical director of the UK pediatric primary care clinics.  UK HealthCare's screening program of infants and children has been recognized as a model by the American Academy of Pediatrics.