Groundbreaking for a key portion of the $2.6 billion Ohio River bridges project is scheduled for next week in southern Indiana. Governor Mitch Daniels and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear are expected to take part in the ceremony for the East End crossing Aug. 30 at the Port of Indiana in Jeffersonville.

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has received its final approval after a nearly two-year legal battle to prevent it from opening. Islamic Center board chairman Essam Fathy said he was relieved and happy the mosque has its permanent occupancy permit.

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s outlook for November. McConnell is hoping to become majority leader next year. Depending on who wins the presidency, he needs either three of four GOP Senate victories this fall to do so.

Bowling Green police say 33-year-old Terence M. Jones of Bowling Green was the victim of an early morning shooting at the Hands Club on Beech Street in the city.

Thousands of children in Kentucky live in homes where an adequate amount of food isn't a guarantee.  Feeding America, Kentucky's Heartland launched a backpack program six years ago in Hardin County, and it has since spread to 33 counties. 

Governor Steve Beshear says he will appoint a new chief of staff soon, despite still being saddened by the sudden loss of his former chief of staff, Mike Haydon. Haydon died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this month. Haydon worked in government for more than three decades, and had been Beshear's chief of staff since 2010.

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The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says jobless rates across the Bluegrass State  have declined in the past year in 97 counties. However, the jobless rate increased last month to 8.3 percent. The figures are an indication of the uncertain outlook for employment.

Sarah Craighead will take over in November as Mammoth Cave National Park's new superintendent, the same place she started her National Parks career more than thirty years ago. Craighead is a Hart County native who began working summers at the park as a campground ranger and cave guide while she was a Transylvania College student.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he is restarting the long-dormant Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission. The General Assembly created the commission ten years ago to look into hemp's potential in the commonwealth, but it has never met.

A western Kentucky utility says it’s withdrawing a pollution-control plan after an E.P.A rule was struck down in court this week. The Henderson-based Big Rivers Electric Cooperative says it will save customers about $225 million  by dropping the plan.