Two members of Kentucky’s Washington delegation are marking the 50th anniversary of the date congress formally recognized bourbon whiskey as a distinct American product. The Courier-Journal reports Representatives John Yarmuth, a Democrat and Andy Barr a Republican, have introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of bourbon to the Bluegrass State.
Bourbon was a $2 billion dollar industry in 2010. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky and the industry employs some 9,000 Kentuckians.
Governor Beshear is leading a Kentucky trade mission to the United Kingdom this Sunday.
The Kentucky Export Initiative trade mission will make stops in London and Manchester. Bilateral trade between the Bluegrass State and the U.K. was near $3 billion dollars in 2013, and the U.K. is the commonwealth’s third-largest trade destination, behind only Canada and Mexico.
Kentucky exports more horses to the U.K. than any other state, and ranks in the top five in exporting aerospace products, distilled spirts, printed materials, and charcoal to the country.
During the five day trip, Governor Beshear will be joined by representatives from 11 Kentucky companies, including Bluegrass Dairy of Glasgow; Oscarware Incorporated of Bonnieville; and Whitaker Tools of Campbellsville.
Kentucky exporters have been on a roll lately. Last year the commonwealth exported $25.3 billion in products, the third straight record year for exports.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he is being pressed by supporters to make a White House bid.
A front page story of the Washington Post says the Republican governor is making the moves of a potential 2016 presidential contender that includes being a loud critic of the national Common Core education standards. Pence is also on a speaking circuit across the country, though not necessarily in early primary states.
Pence tells the newspaper that supporters have reached out to him in the last few months and that "I'm listening.”
Pence served 12 years in Congress before being elected governor of Indiana. Now in his first term, he will be up for re-election in 2016.
The 54-year-old Pence is joined by several Republicans undecided on a presidential run, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who this week, was tied for first place with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in a national poll.
The legal counsel hired by Gov. Steve Beshear argues out-of-state gay marriages should not be recognized, because doing so does not promote natural procreation between a man and a woman and therefore threatens Kentucky's economic stability.
The legal brief was filed as the state appeals a federal judge’s ruling from February, striking down part of Kentucky’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign says the “procreation” argument is one that was used a generation ago.
“It’s an embarrassing and ludicrous regurgitation of some really archaic talking points," said Hartman. "It’s shocking that the governor would allow the legal team to use them.”
Judge John Heyburn’s ruling earlier this year declared Kentucky’s gay marriage ban violated the equal protection clause. The brief filed by Beshear’s legal team argues that because same-sex partners can’t naturally procreate, they aren’t entitled to equal treatment under the state’s marriage laws.
The forecast for rain this weekend has led to the cancelation of the Stucky Music Festival set for Saturday near the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.
Thirteen bands had been scheduled to play throughout the day Saturday. Organizers say tickets purchased online have already been refunded, while those who purchased them in person will need to return them for a refund.
A new regional chancellor has been named for the WKU Elizabethtown/Fort Knox campus.
University officials have announced Dr. Evelyn Ellis has been chosen from among four finalists. Ellis joins the WKU family from Seoul, South Korea where she was the Education Operations Manager and Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Defense Dependents School there.
Pending approval of the Board of Regents, Dr. Ellis will begin at WKU Elizabethtown/Fort Knox on July 28.
An employee at a central Kentucky abbey run by an order of Catholic monks has been indicted on charges that he stole more than $1 million from the institution.
Police say John Hutchins, an accountant, began diverting money from an account at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 2008.
Nelson County Sheriff's Detective Jason Allison says Hutchins and his wife, Carrie Hutchins, were indicted Wednesday on multiple counts of felony theft over and under $10,000 and unlawful access to a computer.
Allison says Hutchins wife did not work at the abbey near Bardstown, which has been run by Roman Catholic Trappist monks for more than 150 years. An attorney for Hutchins did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday. A phone message left at the abbey was not returned.
Nearly 19 percent of Kentucky children ages 4-17 have, at some point, been diagnosed with ADHD. That’s well over the national average of 11 percent.
Indiana’s diagnosis rate is nearly 16 percent, with Tennessee’s rate is 15 percent
You can learn more about each state’s rate of ADHD diagnosis here.
The figures come from a 2011 national survey conducted by the CDCP, and show about 6 million children nationwide have received an ADHD diagnosis. It’s not known if the higher levels are the result of over-diagnoses by doctors, higher levels of awareness, or some combination of those and other factors.