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4:01 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Report Shows Horse Industry Has $3B Impact On Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horses are a big business in Kentucky, and a new study reinforces the equine industry's money-generating prowess.

The Kentucky Equine Survey released Friday in Lexington shows the horse sector generated almost $3 billion in economic activity in 2012.

The survey's authors call it a conservative estimate that doesn't include tourism spending.

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12:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A special legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker will meet for the first time on Sept. 17 at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting on Friday.

Stumbo said the committee is expected to elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation into three complaints filed against Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis.

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12:10 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ky. Fish And Wildlife Commissioner Resigns Amid Heightened Scrutiny

Jonathan Gassett had been the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife since 2005
Credit photo provided

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The head of Kentucky's Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has resigned the position he has held since 2005.

The chairman of the department's commission says Jonathan W. Gassett submitted a letter of resignation Thursday evening.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray says Gassett is resigning to pursue outside interests.

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8:42 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Eminent Domain Protested For Proposed Pipeline

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A private company that wants to build a pipeline to carry natural gas liquids across Kentucky can't use eminent domain to obtain the right of way, a ranking state official said Thursday.

Kentucky Energy Secretary Len Peters told a legislative committee that his legal staff, after careful analysis, reached that conclusion regarding the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project, which he described as "one of the most difficult and controversial issues that we have faced in the commonwealth in quite some time."

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9:44 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer Reaches Plea Deal, Could Get 2 Years

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A former University of Kentucky basketball star whose jersey hangs in the rafters of Rupp Arena has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

Richie Farmer, the sweet-shooting guard for a UK team dubbed "The Unforgettables" for their gutsy play, launched a political career that came crashing down during a bid for lieutenant governor two years ago when complaints began to surface about his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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8:19 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Review Done Of Harassment Claim Against Ky. Lawmaker

Representative John Arnold (D) of Sturgis
Credit Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A review of sexual harassment complaints against a western Kentucky lawmaker has taken some six months and now is nearly finished, the head of a state commission told legislators on Wednesday.

Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman briefed legislative leaders on the complaints that have overshadowed all else in Frankfort over the past three weeks. He urged lawmakers to allow him to talk to them behind closed doors, which they ultimately did, citing potential legal liability.

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8:07 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Pipeline Won't Pass Through Nuns' Land

Credit slate.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through north and central Kentucky wouldn't cross into land owned by a group of Catholic nuns that has been outspokenly opposed to it, a pipeline company spokesman said Wednesday.

The Bluegrass Pipeline would stay north of Marion County, which is home to the Sisters of Loretto's 780-acre property, said Tom Droege, a spokesman for Williams Co. of Tulsa, Okla.

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1:08 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Battery Maker Picks Kentucky For Research Site

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky has landed its first major tenant at a battery research laboratory in Lexington as the state jockeys for a prominent role in developing next-generation automobiles.

NOHMs Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it will locate research, product development and manufacturing operations at the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center. The more than $5.3 million investment is expected to create up to 162 jobs in coming years.

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11:39 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Camp Nelson Marking Anniversary, Civil War Days

Camp Nelson recruiting and training center circa 1863
Credit Kentucky Heritage Council

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — About 150 Civil War re-enactors from several states are expected this weekend in Jessamine County at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, which will mark its 150th anniversary.

President Abraham Lincoln established the camp in June 1863, and it became an important recruiting and training center for black soldiers, with as many as 10,000 black troops training there.

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9:39 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Grimes Repeats Call For Higher Minimum Wage

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again pushing the idea of raising the minimum wage in order to grow the middle class.

Grimes, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, distributed a news release on Tuesday touting what she believes would be the positive effects of increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Citing a Kentucky Center for Economic Policy report, Grimes said raising the minimum wage would affect nearly 30 percent of working Kentuckians.

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