Thu January 26, 2012
State Capitol

Lawsuit Challenges Redistricting Plan

House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover filed a lawsuit Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court to challenge redrawing of state legislative election districts. Hoover, R-Jamestown, was accompanied by Louisville attorney Jason Nemes, who filed a request for a temporary injunction to delay the Jan. 31 filing deadline for candidates. Hoover said Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd will hold a hearing at 10:30 a.m. Monday on the request for an injunction.


Thu January 26, 2012
All Politics are Local

Statewide Drug Summit Organized

Federal prosecutors in Kentucky organized the first statewide Prescription Drug Abuse Summit for Feb. 1 at the University of Kentucky's Chandler Hospital Pavilion in Lexington. According to a news release, federal prosecutors in Kentucky prosecuted approximately 120 prescription pill cases in the last two years, more than double the number of cases involving other drugs.


Thu January 26, 2012

Johnson County Pain Clinic Raided

Wednesday was a bad day to show up impaired at a Johnson County pain clinic. As state and federal authorities searched the clinic in an investigation of potential improper drug prescribing, police arrested 29 people who had come to the office, according to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. Charges against the people included public intoxication and driving under the influence. A number of people also were arrested on outstanding warrants. The raid was the second in less than a year at the Care More Pain Management clinic.


Thu January 26, 2012
Mountain Kentucky

Man Injured on Mine Property

A mine related accident occurred Tuesday at the Fox Knob Mine Number 7, owned and operated by JAD Coal Inc., located at Forrester's Creek in Coldiron. According to information received from the Kentucky Division of Natural Resources, James Nash, 48 of Speedwell, Tenn., was operating a D-11 dozer, which overturned causing him to receive serious injuries. Nash was transported by helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where he remains.


Thu January 26, 2012

The Public Respects Civility, But Rewards Rudeness

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points at President Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Wednesday.
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP


Thu January 26, 2012
Business and the Economy

UPS Facility Cuts Over 400 Jobs

United Parcel Service has notified Kentucky state officials it will lay off more than 400 workers at its Supply Chain Solutions warehouse in Hebron by April 1. UPS, which has operated the logistics operation in Hebron for more than a decade, is not closing the entire operation. The job cuts are prompted by the facility’s largest customer, Zulily, a Seattle-based ecommerce provider of baby items and clothing, deciding to bring its distribution operation in house. The company had been relying on the UPS facility to manage inventory and fill orders.


Thu January 26, 2012
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Speedway Adds Parking

Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and owner of Kentucky Speedway, talks to reporters Wednesday about improvements in traffic control and parking at the Kentucky track in anticipation of this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.
Kevin Kelly/The Kentucky Enquirer

Kentucky Speedway will be capable of accommodating as many as 18,700 more cars on its property this year after buying 171 acres from neighboring landowners and clearing 55 acres that it already owned. The speedway's owner and general manager spent almost an hour on Wednesday outlining the parking expansion and other improvements being made in response to last July when parking problems and miles-long traffic jams kept thousands from attending the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.


Thu January 26, 2012
The Commonwealth

Halfway Point for Bridge Repairs

One month after steel deliveries began, contractors have passed a halfway point with repairs to the I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge that connects Louisville and New Albany, Ind. More than half of the 2.4 million pounds of reinforcing steel plates needed have been delivered and are being installed. Hall Contracting of Kentucky has billed work already completed worth 62 percent of the contract’s $13.9 million value, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Transportation. Under an agreement between the two states, Indiana is responsible for maintaining the Sherman Minton Bridge.

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Thu January 26, 2012
Middle East

The State Of Syria: Civil War Or Vicious Stalemate?

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 12:00 pm

Syrian army defectors wave the Syrian revolution flag Thursday, shortly after they defected to join the anti-regime protesters.

One thing that's certain about the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad is that there is nothing romantic about it.

Unlike Egypt, there's no Tahrir Square filled with hundreds of thousands of people calling for democracy. Unlike Libya, there's no Mad Max warriors in the desert fighting a dictator with guns they've welded to the backs of their pickup trucks.

Instead, grim news seeps out piecemeal from unofficial sources. Most of the reports are little more than body counts, with most of the fatalities blamed on the Syrian security forces.

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Thu January 26, 2012
The Two-Way

To Shrink Budget, Pentagon Proposes Cutting 100,000 Ground Troops

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 3:18 pm

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the the Pentagon will propose a $33 billion cut in the military's budget, for the 2013 fiscal year.

The AP reports that will be achieved by reducing ground forces by 100,000 and by eliminating older aircraft.

The AP reports:

"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells a Pentagon news conference the administration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus another $88 billion for operations in Afghanistan. Combined, those totals are about $33 billion less than the Pentagon is spending this year.

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