Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green en Healthcare Gets a Closer Look <p><a href="">Patients are becoming more educated as consumers when it comes to choosing health care. With the new performance-based funding required by the Affordable Care Act, CMS in October will start making 1 percent Medicare cuts to hospital reimbursements based on how they are performing. Those cuts will increase to 2 percent by 2017. Hospitals, however, will have the chance to earn back the funding cuts if they are performing well.</a> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 18:45:41 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 32637 at Bowling Green Auto Supplier to Expand, Add Jobs <p><a href="">KIRIU USA is now making 3.6 million</a> brake rotors a year, something which is forcing the Bowling Green auto-industry supplier to expand. So the company will spend about $10 million to bring in new equipment for two new production lines and to add onto its existing building, according to company President and CEO Mark Kimura. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 13:59:02 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 28185 at Temperatures Wreak Havoc on Wheat Crop <p><a href="">The wheat harvest began</a> as much as two weeks early this year in southcentral Kentucky because of early warm temperatures. But those warm temperatures, and then a brief cold snap, have wreaked havoc on the crop&rsquo;s yield, which some farmers say has been cut nearly in half. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:12:22 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 27833 at Postal Workers Push for Help from Congress <p><a href="">With a May 15 deadline looming, </a>the American Postal Workers Union is pressuring Congress to pass legislation that would allow the U.S. Postal Service to fix some of its problems. Full-page newspaper advertisements urge residents to tell U.S. senators and representatives &ldquo;to fix the USPS without destroying service or eliminating 100,000 jobs.&rdquo; The Postal Service plans to close thousands of post offices, including many in Kentucky, and hundreds of processing centers, including the one in Bowling Green. Its plans require a $22.5 billion reduction in annual costs by 2016. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:09:40 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 24859 at Business Friendly Legislation on Agenda <p><a href="">This week, lawmakers should begin considering</a> legislation from each other&rsquo;s chambers. State Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, hopes that includes a series of business-friendly laws he has proposed. One of those is House Bill 277, which would standardize, as much as possible, tax reporting forms used by taxing jurisdictions and offer the forms through the Secretary of State&rsquo;s One Stop Shop for Business. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:19:28 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 23040 at Group Pushes for Air Regulations <p><a href="">A conservation group is urging</a> the Environmental Protection Agency to tighten its air quality regulations on power plants to protect such places as Mammoth Cave National Park. The National Parks Conservation Association said the EPA&rsquo;s plans to exempt certain older coal plants &ndash; including Western Kentucky Energy&rsquo;s plant near Henderson &ndash; from installing the &ldquo;Best Available Retrofit Technology&rdquo; would be harmful for the park. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:15:59 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 21837 at Mammoth Cave has Positive Economic Impact <p><a href="">Mammoth Cave National Park pumps</a> $62 million a year into southcentral Kentucky&#39;s economy, according to a recent study for the National Park Service. &quot;It affirms what we did think - that Mammoth Cave has a very positive impact, particularly in southcentral Kentucky, if not statewide, as a tourist destination,&quot; Superintendent Pat Reed said. The study based its finding on an average of 500,000 visitors a year, how much those visitors spend, the jobs they support and the ripple effect of those jobs in the economy. Mon, 06 Feb 2012 23:02:09 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 20924 at Planned Road Sign Changes Carry Big Costs <p><a href="">Meeting new federal sign requirements</a> for all roads is going to be extraordinarily expensive, according to one county official. &ldquo;Not only are they changing the reflective requirements, but they are changing the size of (some) signs, too,&rdquo; said Mac Yowell, director of Warren County&rsquo;s Public Works Department. The new reflectivity and size requirements are supposed to make the signs more readable for older drivers. Yowell said it will cost governments at all levels a great deal of money and time. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:47:53 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 20556 at Officials Asked to Push for I-65 Project <p><a href="">An emissary of Gov. Steve Beshear</a> asked area officials Monday to support three of the governor&#39;s budget proposals, one of which he said needs little introduction: completing the six-laning of Interstate 65 through the state. Wendell Cave, director of field services for the Department of Local Government in the 2nd Congressional District, said at Monday&#39;s meeting of the Barren River Area Development District that he knows the proposal is &quot;dear to the heart&quot; of Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin, whose county contains the lion&#39;s share of the remaining 38 miles of I-65 that are only four lanes. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:33:45 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 20273 at Progress on Performing Arts Center <p><a href="">Last week, the city of Bowling Green gave the go-ahead</a> for the demolition of the People&#39;s Hardware and Supply Building. On Monday, Kenway Contracting brought the brick buildings down. First, Raybold and Sons had to remove asbestos from the buildings at 631 and 633 College St., Kenway President Kenneth Allen said. &quot;But they got all that done and gave me the go-ahead,&quot; Allen said. &quot;We wanted to wait and do it when there wasn&#39;t anyone in the trailers next to (Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center). Since the building is two stories, you don&#39;t know what is going to happen.&quot; Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:29:08 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 19068 at Progress on Performing Arts Center Forests at Risk Without Federal Funding <p><a href="">Kentucky&#39;s forests could face</a> as much danger from humans as any of the insects that invade them if funding isn&#39;t maintained in the Farm Bill, according to one Kentucky tree farmer. Charles D. Williams of Munfordville is helping with a grassroots campaign to raise awareness of Kentucky&#39;s nearly half-million acres of forests. The devastation could come if humans fail to maintain needed funding. So Williams - who owns nearly 1,000 acres of woodland - and others are writing letters to newspapers around the country and lobbying Congress about the need for forest protection. An attorney by trade, Williams also has lobbied the state for stronger laws against timber trespassing. Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:26:57 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 18718 at Work to Expand Bridge in Bowling Green <p><a href="">Motorists traveling on Interstate 65</a> and Scottsville Road might have noticed large steel pylons sticking out of the ground near the existing overpass.The steel is part of the foundation of an expanded bridge that will ultimately be a single-point urban interchange. &quot;Right now, they are working on the north side of the bridge,&quot; said Keirsten Jaggers, spokeswoman at the Department of Highways in Bowling Green. &quot;They will put all the big steel piers in the ground ... then they will go ahead and build up the ramps that will be closer to the interstate than they are. There is a lot of earthwork for those ramps needed.&quot; Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:33:05 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 18484 at Work to Expand Bridge in Bowling Green Proposed Immigration Law Concerns Businesses <p><a href="">Proposed state legislation is being characterized</a> by some as potentially forcing businesses to &quot;police&quot; illegal immigration. The legislation, proposed by state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, would essentially require businesses to use the federal E-Verify computer check system to see if employees are legally in the country. As a consequence of hiring illegal immigrants, a business could lose its license to operate in the state for up to six months. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:08:50 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 18273 at Dollar General Distribution Center Adds Jobs <p><a href="">Dollar General will add 100 new jobs</a> at its distribution center in Scottsville, bringing total employment for the center to more than 650. The company announced the new jobs Thursday and has been recruiting for the positions. The Scottsville distribution center supplies goods for Dollar Generals in Kentucky and parts of Tennessee and Alabama. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:29:27 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 18150 at Kids Urge Citizens to Buy American <p><a href="">If you&rsquo;re thinking of joining the call</a> to &ldquo;Buy American&rdquo; in an effort to save jobs, there are plenty of interesting items available for purchase that are made in southcentral Kentucky. Take a look around - you can buy a Corvette, art, artisan cheese at Kenny&rsquo;s Country Cheese, Sun Products detergents and many other items that are produced locally. But the challenge wasn&rsquo;t so easy for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, whose tastes run more toward electronics. The group set out looking for items made in America after they found so few of them on a fall trip to Mammoth Cave National Park.</p><p> Tue, 06 Dec 2011 22:02:15 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 17526 at Kids Urge Citizens to Buy American Kentucky Ranks Low for Broadband Usage <p><a href="">Kentucky ranks near the bottom of states</a> in terms of the percentage of households using broadband connections. Only Alabama at 56 percent and Arkansas and Mississippi, both at 52 percent, are lower than Kentucky&rsquo;s 58 percent, according to &ldquo;Exploring the Digital Divide,&rdquo; a report released this month from the U.S. Department of Commerce. And nearly 30 percent of Kentucky households report having no computer at all. The state with the highest broadband adoption rate is Utah, at 80 percent. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:17:09 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 16469 at Injunction to Halt Gambling Rejected <p><a href="">A Kentucky Court of Appeals panel </a>declined Wednesday to approve an injunction halting instant racing at Kentucky Downs in Franklin. The Family Foundation had asked for the court to halt instant racing games at the Franklin facility until it decided upon an appeal. The foundation contends that instant racing is illegal in Kentucky. The decision, issued by judges Glenn Acree, Janet Stumbo and Denise Clayton, said allowing the games to continue until a final decision is reached won&rsquo;t harm the foundation. Fri, 07 Oct 2011 17:35:34 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 13903 at Expanding Mammoth Cave's Impact <p><a href="">Mammoth Cave National Park has a </a>$62 million annual influence on the area&rsquo;s economy, a number that could be even greater with a renewed emphasis on its designation as an International Biosphere Reserve. About 500,000 visitors come each year to the park, spending $32 million. That, coupled with an annual income of $11 million for the 525 local jobs that are created and $19 million from the ripple effect, adds up to those benefits, according to park Assistant Superintendent Bruce Powell. But that return could be greater if further tourism develops as a result of the cooperation among the park and six counties near the park: Edmonson, Barren, Hart, Warren, Butler and Metcalfe counties.</p><p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:33:56 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 12517 at Expanding Mammoth Cave's Impact Crop Problems Persist <p>Western Kentucky farmers watched this weekend as chances of rain evaporated and their crops dried up even more. The Kentucky Agriculture Statistics Service reported last week that soybeans and tobacco were considerably behind last year&rsquo;s development. Some soybean fields &ldquo;aborted&rdquo; their blooms due to the heat. The blooms are what produce the pods.</p><p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 21:41:51 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 10616 at Disasters May Affect Insurance, Building <p><a href="">The tornadoes that have killed</a> more than 500 people in the Midwest and elsewhere this year will have a trickle-down effect on Kentucky. &ldquo;There is no doubt that all of the disasters here in the Midwest, Alabama and earlier in April in North Carolina ... will affect insurance rates here,&rdquo; said David Wiseman, an agent for Van Meter Insurance Group. &ldquo;The basis of insurance is, you have to spread the risk. So there is no way to take a group of policyholders in a particular area and try to spread losses out over just those policies. You have to spread those losses over a larger number of policyholders.&rdquo; Thu, 26 May 2011 18:14:25 +0000 Robyn L. Minor, The Daily News, Bowling Green 4707 at