The State Journal en Kentucky 25th on Forbes' Business List <p><a href="">Kentucky is ranked 25th nationally</a> on Forbes&rsquo; annual Best States for Business list, up six spots from last year and 19 spots since 2008. &ldquo;I have dedicated my administration to creating a pro-business climate in which economic development opportunities can flourish,&rdquo; Gov. Steve Beshear said. &ldquo;I am pleased to see the Forbes&rsquo; Best States for Business list reflect our efforts. &ldquo;Not only are we working hard to bring exciting new industries to the state, but we are also partnering with our existing business community like never before to create jobs for all Kentuckians.&rdquo; Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:04:47 +0000 The State Journal 17083 at Tree Tradition Broken in Tough Economy <p><a href="">In a tough economy, Kentucky will avoid</a> even the minimal cost of hauling in an official Christmas tree, opting instead to decorate an evergreen growing on the Capitol&rsquo;s front lawn. Finance Cabinet spokeswoman Cindy Landham said Monday that Gov. Steve Beshear&rsquo;s administration opted not to follow the traditional route of issuing a public request for a donated tree that state workers typically load aboard a truck and haul to Frankfort. The move is drawing kudos from environmentalists, including leaders of the forest protection group Heartwood that has a strong contingent in Kentucky. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 20:03:11 +0000 The State Journal 17082 at Program Urges Smokers Switch to Smokeless Tobacco <p><a href="">In the smoker-heavy state of Kentucky</a>, a cancer center is suggesting something that most health experts won&#39;t and the tobacco industry can&#39;t: If you really want to quit, switch to smoke-free tobacco. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Louisville are aiming their new &quot;Switch and Quit&quot; campaign at the city of Owensboro. It urges smokers to swap their cigarettes for smokeless tobacco and other products that don&rsquo;t deliver nicotine by smoke. Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:57:54 +0000 The State Journal 15922 at KY Nascar Driver Passes Away <p><a href="">A well-known Frankfort racecar driver died </a>Monday around 7 p.m. at the University of Kentucky Medical Center after injuries from a crash at the Richmond Speedway on Saturday. Billy Carroll Wooldridge, 60, had just completed his drive in the 24th annual Paul Butterball Wooldridge Memorial race, named after his older brother, when officials say he suffered a heart attack, causing him to lose control of his car. Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:05:39 +0000 The State Journal 8867 at Ag Department Wants Investigation <p><a href=" ">The Department of Agriculture is asking </a>the state Personnel Board to deny a request for investigation into whether two political appointees were illegally hired into protected positions. Personnel Board Vice Chairman Larry B. Gillis said that a probe is needed to determine whether Danita Fentress-Laird and Kathryn Willis were transferred from positions as politically appointed division directors into positions protected by the state&#39;s merit system without following normal procedures. A response by the Department of Agriculture said the Personnel Cabinet had reviewed the decisions and found no wrongdoing. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:45:43 +0000 The State Journal 6008 at