Associated Press en Kentucky Proud Foods on the Menu at Kentucky Speedway <p></p><p>Kentucky grown food will be served up at Kentucky Speedway for the auto race on Saturday. State agriculture commissioner James Comer says "Kentucky Proud" foods will be served to fans at Saturday's Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and for the remainder of the racing season at the track in Sparta.</p><p>Comer says the partnership with the Speedway brings the "Kentucky Proud" program to a wider audience.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:42:23 +0000 Associated Press 50161 at Kentucky Proud Foods on the Menu at Kentucky Speedway Auto Parts Company Expanding in Portland, TN <p>Tennessee state officials say automotive components manufacturer Hatch Stamping Co. plans a new manufacturing facility in Portland, just over the Kentucky border. Officials say the Michigan-based company will invest $17 million in Robertson Co. and create 101 new jobs there.</p><p>The company will design and manufacture highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies in the 106,000 square foot manufacturing facility.</p><p>Hatch Stamping says it will produce auto parts for the southeastern market and world-wide distribution.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:36:09 +0000 Associated Press 49975 at Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Restrictions Loosen <p></p><p>Over the past decade, the number of concealed carry gun permits in Kentucky has risen from 11,000 issued in 2004 to 60,000 in 2013.</p><p>The increase has happened as Kentucky's general assembly has made it easier to own and carry guns. Law changes include allowing people to have concealed guns in their cars and elimination of a six-month residency requirement for a concealed carry license.</p><p>Kentucky's gun laws have ranked consistently among the country's most lenient. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave the state and "F" rating.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:24:33 +0000 Associated Press 49974 at Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Restrictions Loosen Sinkhole Improves Corvette Museum's Business <p></p><p>For years, just enough classic car lovers and curious travelers wandered through the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green to keep the doors open. Now, after a massive sinkhole swallowed eight classic Corvettes, attendance has skyrocketed with visitors as eager to peer into the chasm as they are to see the cars, if not more so.</p><p>Museum spokeswoman Katie Frasinelli says the response has been bigger than anyone imagined.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:44:47 +0000 Associated Press 49509 at Sinkhole Improves Corvette Museum's Business Appeals Court to Hear Case of Former Barren County Sheriff <p>A federal appeals court is set to take up the case of former Barren County sheriff Chris Eaton's conviction on two counts of witness tampering.</p><p>The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Eaton's case on June 19 in Cincinnati.</p><p>A federal jury in Bowling Green convicted Eaton in 2013 of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI.</p><p>Federal investigators were probing accusations of civil rights violations during a 2010 arrest. Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison.</p><p>U. S. District Judge Joseph H. McKinley concluded that Eaton raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial and allowed him to remain free on bond while the appeal is heard. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:48:21 +0000 Associated Press 49035 at Kentucky State Vehicles Go Up For Auction <p>About 150 vehicles will be up for grabs at a state fleet vehicle auction next week in Frankfort. State officials say the auction will start at 10:00 May 13th at the state service garage in Frankfort.</p><p>Among the vehicles are pickups, vans, SUV's and cars. Model years range from 1994 to 2008. Officials say 111 vehicles are in running condition and more than 30 are non-runners to be sold for parts or as salvage.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 09:20:04 +0000 Associated Press 47617 at Kentucky Legislature: Yes to Cannabis Oil and Higher Gas Tax <p>Doctors at two Kentucky research hospitals can prescribe medicine derived from marijuana oil to treat child seizures under a bill that cleared the General Assembly on Monday.</p><p>The bill would allow Kentuckians to use cannabidiol in two cases: a prescription from a doctor at the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville research hospitals, or a trial from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.</p><p>The Senate gave the bill final approval Monday and it will become law unless Democratic Governor Steve Beshear vetoes it. The bill comes as states across the country are allowing the limited use of marijuana and its products for medical purposes.</p><p>In other news from Frankfort, Kentucky drivers will not pay more in states taxes at the gas pump this summer.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he's told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:40:21 +0000 Associated Press 45934 at Kentucky Lawmakers Come To Agreement on Snow Days <p></p><p>Kentucky public school students won't have to cancel their summer vacation after state legislators agreed to relax school attendance laws following an unusually snowy winter.</p><p>House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday night to suspend the state law requiring school districts to have 170 days of classes, as long as they have at least 1,062 hours of classroom instruction.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:33:19 +0000 Associated Press 45712 at Kentucky Lawmakers Come To Agreement on Snow Days Yarmuth and Barr Bet Local Bourbon on UK-UL Game <p>The two Congressmen who represent the districts that are home to the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are betting on their basketball teams with another Kentucky tradition...bourbon.</p><p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville and Republican Andy Barr of Lexington said they're wagering locally distilled Kentucky bourbon on Friday night's Sweet 16 game between the two schools, whose teams also happen to be the two most recent NCAA champions.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:15:24 +0000 Associated Press 45710 at Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. 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