Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.
Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.
Rainy weather for several days sapped some of the attendance out of this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The 110th edition of the fair wrapped up this past Sunday. It drew just under 516 thousand visitors. The count fell below 600 thousand for the first time since 2012. Rain fell on eight of the eleven days of the state fair. Despite the decrease in attendance, other areas saw growth including the competitive entry departments and the World’s Championship Horse Show.
The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky.
University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record. Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.
Several hundred people, most of the Campbellsville University students, gathered on the campus on Aug. 21, 2014 for a prayer service after two firefighters were seriously injured earlier in the day in an accident at the school.
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Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced his bid for the Governor's seat Saturday during the annual Fancy Farm political picnic
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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced his candidacy for governor in 2015.
The former state lawmaker used the stage at Kentucky's premier political event to say he wants to lead the state after running the Agriculture Department. His announcement came Saturday at the Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky.
A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening. A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.
Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.
While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow.
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an order to plug a $91 million hole in Kentucky's $9.5 billion state budget.
State officials announced the shortfall last week following sluggish collections on state income taxes. Beshear's order Wednesday cuts just $3 million in state spending. Beshear made up the rest by transferring money from other sources, including $21.2 million from the state's reserves.
State officials said they had few options to make up the deficit because the shortfall came at the end of the fiscal year when most of the money had already been spent.
A long time leader of an equine association says Kentucky Thoroughbred breeders could benefit from an extension in immigrant guest worker visas. David Switzer, Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, participated in the "Day of Action for Immigration Reform" Wednesday. Switzer says his group would like to see a new type of visa that would lengthen seasonal time for the workers to three years. “Then they can return home, spend a year back and home and then possible qualify to come back for another three years," said Switzer.
If a federal court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky is upheld following appeals, it could mean slight changes in the way marriage licenses are processed. Discussions are underway about how such a ruling might affect County Clerks across the state.