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  • Working toward a new life

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.
    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.
    "It's been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy," Nelson said.
    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.

  • Officer assists woman at 10K end, goes viral

    By Gregory A. Hall

    Asia Ford’s third-to-last finish in Saturday’s Rodes City Run is getting more attention than anyone ahead of her because of help she had from Louisville Metro Police Lt. Aubrey Gregory in reaching the finish line.
    On Facebook, Ford thanked Gregory after the race saying that she had “messed up and forgot to eat this morning.”

  • New vehicle registration system saves time, money

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Some time- and cost-saving changes to Kentucky’s vehicle registration system are being implemented in county clerk offices across the Commonwealth.
    The vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Instead of clerk offices having to stock booklets of preprinted decals, the new decals are printed at the time of registration.

  • Kentucky producing the next wave of entrepreneurs

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s brightest college entrepreneurs have enrolled in a different type of university – one that could turn the next big idea into a full-scale company.
    Students from 15 colleges and universities from across the state will participate in the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Idea State U, a nationally recognized business plan competition designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship on the college level.

  • Report: Expanded forestry sector could be boon to Eastern, southern Kentucky

    By Bill Estep
    Lexington Herald Leader

    Forest industries have the potential to provide thousands more jobs in Eastern and southern Kentucky as leaders in the region search for ways to improve the economy, according to an analysis.
    Expanding the forestry sector could provide $1.49 billion in new revenue and nearly 7,500 additional jobs in a 54-county region that includes areas hit hard by a sharp decrease in coal jobs, researchers in the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky concluded.

  • Lawmakers urged to freeze gas tax, help roads

    By Tom Loftus

    Editor’s note: This news story was written prior to the last two days of the legislative session.

    State and local government officials are warning road construction projects will be delayed, potholes will go unfilled and highway workers will be laid off if the General Assembly does not act quickly to stabilize Kentucky's plunging gas TAX collections.

  • Appeals court: Kentucky library tax is legal

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    It doesn't look like libraries in Kentucky will have to close after all.
    The Kentucky Court of Appeals in a 3-0 decision handed down on Friday reversed two circuit court decisions in Kenton and Campbell counties that declared the library districts in those counties had improperly raised taxes for decades.

  • Mid-Continent University aiming to collect millions in student debt

    By Lauren P. Duncan
    The Paducah Sun

    About 1,000 students who formerly attended Mid-Continent University are expected to soon receive information on how to repay their student loan debts.
    MCU officials hopes to collect about $11.7 million in student debts. The school loaned the institution's money to students after the Department of Education cut the school off from receiving federal student loans due to the college's failure to properly file paperwork.

  • Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through 18 Kentucky counties under controversial plan

    By Greg Kocher
    Lexington Herald Leader

    A company's proposal to change the product flowing through an existing natural gas pipeline, and to reverse the flow through that interstate line, is drawing increasing concern and comment from Kentuckians.

  • Ban on powdered alcohol bottled up

    By Gregory A. Hall

    A powdered form of alcohol — recently approved by federal regulators — poses a threat to responsible alcohol use and should be banned, Kentucky regulators and some traditional producers say.
    But a bill to do just that is stalled in the final days of the Kentucky General Assembly, which returned Monday for its penultimate day. Senate Bill 81 contains a ban on powdered alcohol along with other clean-up efforts sought by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department.