Associated Press

Fort Campbell

Army officials are seeking public comment on possible personnel reductions at Fort Campbell.

    A community listening session is set for Jan. 20 at Fort Campbell's Family Resource Center.

   Clarksville, Tennessee, officials are urging area residents to attend and show support for the Army post straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line. The session will allow residents to voice their opinions to Department of the Army officials about the potential personnel reduction and its possible impact.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has joined in calling for stricter regulations to protect military members from predatory lending.

   Conway joined attorneys general from Tennessee and 20 other states who submitted a joint letter to the Defense Department urging the stricter regulations.

   The federal Military Lending Act was intended to shield service members from predatory lending practices by capping interest rates and fees on loans to service members and providing other protections.

Answers in Genesis

The Christian ministry that operates the Creation Museum will run a video ad in New York's Times Square during the annual New Year's Eve celebration.

   Answers in Genesis says the 15-second message will be broadcast for seven minutes each day on New Year's Eve and Jan. 1. The video board is located on Broadway between 46th and 47th streets in Manhattan.

   The message begins with the words: "To all our intolerant liberal friends" against a blue background. Then a white cross appears and the message closes with: "Thank God for freedom."

A Kentucky lawmaker says his hometown city hall intruded into the free market by going into the retail gas business. Sen. Chris Girdler says he's preparing legislation that could shut down the pumps to the public.

The Republican's proposal comes months after the city of Somerset opened a retail gas station. The no-frills venture on the outskirts of town unnerved filling station and convenience store operators.

Girdler says his bill seeks to assure private business that government won't compete for their customers.

Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler says the proposal amounts to an overreaction to something that's working. He says the feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Girdlers are distant relatives.

Kentucky state lawmakers will debate legislation in committees next year beneath "In God We Trust" signs.

State officials hung the new signs in 11 committee rooms in the Capitol and Capitol Annex, where legislators have offices and meeting rooms. Legislators approved the signs in March.

The ACLU of Kentucky and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State are not happy about the signs, but say there is little chance a judge would order them removed.

President Dwight Eisenhower established "In God We Trust" as the country's national motto in 1956. The slogan has appeared on U.S. currency since 1864. The motto is also displayed in the state House and Senate chambers.

The Public Service Commission has approved a solar power project planned by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric in Mercer County.

A statement from the PSC says it authorized the utilities on Friday to build a 10-megawatt solar array at the E.W. Brown Generating Station, which would produce enough power to supply about 8,000 homes. It will consist of about 260 solar panels.

The statement says it is the first utility-scale solar power project in the state.

According to the PSC, the $36 million price of the solar array will be partially offset by tax credit and other factors, so it will have a "relatively minor" impact on rates.

LG&E serves 397,000 electric customers in the Louisville area and KU has 543,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties.

A new report says Kentucky's prevailing wage law increases labor costs by as much as 51 percent for some public projects.

The Legislative Research Commission said a study of 12 public school projects increased labor costs by about $600,000. A study of 17 state government projects found the prevailing wage law increased labor costs by 6.7 percent.

Democrats said the report was flawed because it did not look at whether the prevailing wage law increased the total cost of construction projects. They argued paying workers higher wages lowers overall construction costs by increasing productivity.

A panel of state lawmakers decided not to adopt the report after a two-hour meeting that featured some heated exchanges. Republicans have generally favored repealing the prevailing wage law while Democrats usually support it.

The Tennessee attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of a ruling last month that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Instead, it wants the high court to let that favorable ruling stand.

The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked a rare victory for gay rights opponents. But because it conflicts with gay marriage decisions in other circuits, legal observers believe it could push the Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage.

In a Monday court filing, Tennessee argues that there is no need for the Supreme Court to review the case because both the 6th Circuit's opinion and Supreme Court precedent recognize the inherent power of the states to define marriage.

Alabama's largest two-year college, Calhoun Community College in Decatur, has a new president with ties to Kentucky.

The chancellor for Alabama's two-year college system, Mark Heinrich, recommended James Klauber Sr. for the job, and the state school board approved the recommendation yesterday.

Klauber has been president at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Jewish Hospital/KentuckyOne Health

A Bowling Green man who had a hand transplant last week has had the hand removed because it was failing.

Dr. Joseph Kutz  said in a statement Monday that the 67-year-old man's hand was failing on Sunday and surgeons decided to remove it after consulting with the family.

It's the second time in the Louisville hand-transplant program's 15-year history that a new hand has had to be removed.

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