Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal en Widening Interstate 64 a Top Road Priority <p><a href="">When officials lobby for road projects</a> during the 2012 legislative session, widening Interstate 64 in Franklin County will be a high priority. The Bluegrass Area Development District &ndash; tasked with economic development issues &ndash; published a list of key projects this week. The agency includes officials from 15 central Kentucky counties</p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:56:12 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 9585 at Crane Hunt Opponents Voice Worry <p><a href="">Opponents of a proposed hunting season</a> for sandhill cranes still have several more chances to have the policy blocked or overturned. The nine-member Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved last month a pilot plan to allow up to 400 hunters to kill up to 400 cranes this winter. About 20 attended a public meeting Thursday morning at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources building at the Frankfort Game Farm to voice their opposition to the hunt. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 16:48:31 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal & Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio 9169 at Uncertain Future for Aviation Center <p><a href="">The Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education</a> may have to move to Southern Indiana if an agreement to build a 12,000-square-foot facility at Frankfort&#39;s Capital City Airport falls through. Tim Smith, a teacher at Frankfort High School and chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization, says he&rsquo;s got a lease in hand for use of a hangar at the airport &ndash; but no signature. The deal was contingent upon a corporate entity signing on to occupy a second hangar, but no one bid on the project. That&rsquo;s hindering the group&rsquo;s fundraising chances for the project, he said, and it could force the institute to move to another airport. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:31:47 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal & Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 9085 at Officials Silent on Director's Dismissal <p><a href="">Officials are largely silent on the dismissal</a> of Ralph Tharp, executive director of the economic development agency in Franklin County. Libby Marshall, chairwoman of the Kentucky Capital Development Corp., announced Saturday Tharp&rsquo;s one-year contract would not be renewed when it expires in October. She declined Tuesday to explain what was behind the decision. It&rsquo;s unclear if the board of directors voted on the matter and if a vote was taken whether it was behind closed doors or in open session. Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:40:30 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 8978 at KSP Ordered to Hand in Photos <p><a href="">An open records ruling from the attorney general&rsquo;s office </a>says Kentucky State Police must turn over photos from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire even if they are in possession of a former employee. Attorney General Jack Conway&lsquo;s office said KSP, which refused to give copies of photos of the deadly 1977 fire in northern Kentucky to a survivor of the blaze, must comply. David Brock, 52 of Florence, who was an 18-year-old busboy at the supper club the night of the fire, made the request. Brock wants to see the photos because he says he believes they will show the fire was caused by arson. Thu, 14 Jul 2011 17:34:46 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 8566 at Obesity Rate Rises in KY <p><a href="">Kentucky has risen to sixth in nationwide obesity rankings</a>, according to a report released Thursday by Trust for America&rsquo;s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Now 31.5 percent of Kentucky adults are obese, up from 30.5 percent last year. Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent &ndash; four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent. The obesity rankings for Kentucky kids are even worse &ndash; third in the nation at 21 percent of children ages 10 to 17. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:34:40 +0000 Katheran Wasson, Frankfort State Journal & Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 8168 at Bank's Run as State Depository Over <p><a href="">After more than 80 years, </a>Farmers Bank&rsquo;s run as the depository for Kentucky&rsquo;s state government is officially over.&nbsp;J.P. Morgan Chase, with regional headquarters in Louisville, won the contract earlier this year to provide depository-banking services to state government between July 2011 and June 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million. Frankfort&rsquo;s Farmers Bank held that contract since 1928 and was one of four other firms that unsuccessfully vied for the chance to handle billions in taxpayer dollars. Although they scored highly on technical requirements and in an oral presentation, Farmers asked for more than $900,000 above J.P. Morgan&rsquo;s price. Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:51:53 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 7996 at Extras Found at KY Historical Society <p><a href=" "><strong>Dozens of treasures are hidden</strong></a> in the archives of the Kentucky Historical Society, including Soviet anti-aircraft guns, gilded shoulder decorations from a Mexican general and phony Paul Sawyier paintings. With limited space for exhibits and displays, tens of thousands of artifacts and documents are kept in storage in the second floor of the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. The State Journal recently got a behind-the-scenes tour of the archives. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 09:20:57 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 7875 at Legislators Want Middlemen as Lobbyists <p><a href="">Legislators say they would support a recommendation</a> to require investment middlemen who deal with the state pension fund to register as executive branch lobbyists. The recommendation was one of 92 made in a report by Auditor Crit Luallen during an investigation of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. She presented her findings at a press conference Tuesday and to the joint interim committee on state government Wednesday. The use of placement agents led to &ldquo;pay to play&rdquo; scandals in the New York and California state pension systems, but Luallen&rsquo;s report found no evidence of wrongdoing here.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 17:12:13 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 7640 at Electric Highway Proposal Submitted <p><a href="">Ralph Tharp has submitted </a>a grant application seeking $500,000 to plan and design a network of electric car recharging stations on interstates in Kentucky. The application with several local endorsements was submitted last week to the U.S. Department of Energy, and federal officials could make a decision by September, says Tharp, executive director of the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation. He envisions a network of recharging stations at rest areas, restaurants and tourist attractions on Interstates 64, 75, 71 and 65. Such a plan would be the first project east of the Rocky Mountains. Oregon, Washington and California created a similar system stretching more than 1,300 miles on Interstate 5 from Seattle to southern California with recharging stations every 40 to 60 miles. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:29:25 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 6903 at Former Director Charged with Embezzlement <p><a href=" ">The former executive director</a> of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association has been indicted by the Franklin County Grand Jury on charges of embezzling $78,000 from the agency. Gary Hall, 39 of Lexington, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of theft by deception over $500 and three counts of theft by deception over $10,000. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:47:32 +0000 Paul Glasser, Frankfort State Journal 6629 at