Interstate 275 in Northern Kentucky now bears Ronald Reagan’s name. The Transportation Cabinet this week raised six signs along the Kentucky portion of the I-275 loop that name that portion the Ronald Reagan Highway. Kentucky’s I-275 becomes the second highway in the Cincinnati region named for the movie star turned 40th president of the United States. Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway in Cincinnati intersects I-275.
Former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge will call a prison cell home for the foreseeable future. U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove agreed to accept a binding plea agreement Wednesday morning, and sentenced Hodge to 186 months in prison, or 15.5 years behind bars. He also ordered Hodge, 52, to forfeit $50,000 to the federal government and to pay $64,897 in restitution to the Whitley County Fiscal Court.
The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been awarded a $428,278 contract by the Food and Drug Administration to enforce provisions of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009. Under the law, tobacco retailers will be inspected to ensure they are complying with new marketing and sales standards. The FDA contract is awarded on an annual basis.
State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get the flu vaccine now to reduce the spread of illness this coming flu season. “We recommend that Kentuckians get their flu vaccine now to protect themselves and their families as we move into flu season,” Dr. Steve Davis, acting commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said. “Getting the flu vaccine each year is the best way to protect against the flu’s spread and severity.”
The nation's economy grew at a slow 1.3 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis just reported. That's a slight upward revision from the agency's previous estimate of 1 percent growth vs. first-quarter 2011.
"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Wednesday on CNN's The Situation Room. "I have received some of that same vitriol simply because I am running for the Republican nomination as a conservative. So it's just brainwashing and people not being open minded, pure and simple."