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8:24 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Green River Steel Property on Owensboro Waterfront Finally Sold

A 92 acre site at the Owensboro Riverport has been sold for $2.6 million after seven years on the market. Castlen Welding and Manufacturing purchased the one-time site of Green River Steel and the sale is expected to be finalized in 60 days.

Riverport Authority Chairman Rod Kuegel said officials were mostly trying to make sure they didn't make a bad deal when selling the property.

Politics
6:51 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Senator Paul Says Death Penalty Is A State Issue

Kentucky senator Rand Paul said the racial imbalance of the nation's prisons that convinced him to support sentencing reform has not prompted him to scrutinize the death penalty in advance of a possible 2016 run for President.

Paul said he has not had a lot of feedback from minorities about the death penalty, calling it a state issue.

White people have accounted for more than half of all executions in the U.S. since 1976, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. But more than half of the country's current death row inmates are either black of Hispanic.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Beshear: Health Rulings Won't Affect Kentucky

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says rulings Tuesday on President Barack Obama's health care law won't affect enrollees in Kentucky's state-run health exchange.

Beshear said in a statement released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services that premium assistance that Kentucky enrollees have qualified for also won't be affected.

Within hours of each other Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on the subsidies that help low- and middle-income people afford premiums.

Beshear said the confusion highlighted by the rulings just reiterates that Kentucky was in the right by creating a state-based exchange rather than going with the federal exchange. 

One court said the federal government was right in issuing credits for consumers in all 50 states, but the other court said that aid was only available to people in states that set up their own exchanges.

Sports
5:42 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Kentucky Proud Foods on the Menu at Kentucky Speedway

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.

Comer says the partnership with the Speedway brings the "Kentucky Proud" program to a wider audience.

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Regional
7:36 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Auto Parts Company Expanding in Portland, TN

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.

The company will design and manufacture highly engineered metal stampings and assemblies in the 106,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

Hatch Stamping says it will produce auto parts for the southeastern market and world-wide distribution.

Regional
7:24 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Restrictions Loosen

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.

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.

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.

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Regional
9:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Sinkhole Improves Corvette Museum's Business

Credit National Corvette Museum

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.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frasinelli says the response has been bigger than anyone imagined.

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Regional
5:48 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Appeals Court to Hear Case of Former Barren County Sheriff

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.

The U. S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in Eaton's case on June 19 in Cincinnati.

A federal jury in Bowling Green convicted Eaton in 2013 of directing two deputies to write false incident reports for the FBI.

Federal investigators were probing accusations of civil rights violations during a 2010 arrest. Eaton was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

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.

Regional
4:20 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky State Vehicles Go Up For Auction

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.

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.

Politics
5:40 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kentucky Legislature: Yes to Cannabis Oil and Higher Gas Tax

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.

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.

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.

In other news from Frankfort, Kentucky drivers will not pay more in states taxes at the gas pump this summer.

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.

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