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  • Is Grimes up to unseating McConnell?

    By Amanda Van Benschoten, columnist
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    WALTON - Does Alison Lundergan Grimes have what it takes to beat Mitch McConnell next November?
    That’s been the question on everyone’s minds in the four months since the first-term Democratic secretary of state announced she would run against the powerful Senate Republican Leader.

  • Northern Kentucky's library lawsuit may lead to cuts throughout state

    By Mark Hansel
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    A lawsuit to determine how libraries are funded in Northern Kentucky and possibly in many other districts across the state continues to move through the courts.
    Attorney Jeff Mando filed a brief Nov. 13 on behalf of the Campbell County Public Library supporting the position that its library tax rate should not be rolled back to 1978 levels.

  • Mitch McConnell criticized for taking money from firm tied to health website

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its glitch-stricken website, HealthCare.gov, repeatedly calling for repeal of the law "root and branch."

  • Rand Paul and James Comer might be Kentucky's next dynamic duo

    By Sam Youngman
    Lexington Herald Leader

    It was one of those full-body laughs where the person rears their head back.
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul had just stood next to Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in Louisville and praised Comer for returning $1.65 million to taxpayers when the Lexington Herald-Leader asked the senator what lessons he had learned from weeks of media scrutiny and criticism over multiple accounts of plagiarism.
    "Not everybody likes me," Paul said, cracking up.

  • Gas pipeline questions addressed in Bracken

    By Wendy Mitchell
    The Ledger Independent

    BROOKSVILLE - Officials with Williams Corporation/Bluegrass Pipeline addressed Bracken County Fiscal Court on Nov. 13, fielding questions about where, how and when the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline may impact the area.
    Bill Lawson, Williams' spokesperson showed magistrates charts and maps of the proposed line and explained that it was in the acquisition phase of the project with landowners across Ohio, Kentucky and part of West Virginia.

  • Getting coverage

    Ever since the federal health exchanges became live on Oct. 1, national news reports have discussed people having difficulties trying to log into the system.
    Kentucky is one of a handful of states that created its own health insurance exchange, and that exchange, kynect.ky.gov, has largely avoided many of the technical issues that have affected the federal website.

  • New board member is not a ‘yes man’

    Newly appointed school board member Robert “Butch” Cecil shares the same last name as current board member Mike Cecil. They are first cousins. But, according to Butch, that has nothing to do with his desire to serve on the school board.
    “It doesn’t matter who you are related to. I’m my own person,” Butch Cecil said. “One of the big reasons I got on the board is that I love helping the kids. Mike didn’t have anything to do with it.”

  • Impacts of Philippine disasters felt in Marion County

    For one Marion County woman, the recent natural disasters that have ravaged the Philippines have been more than a tragic story on the news. It has affected members of her family and her native country.
    Elma Simpson moved to Lebanon 18 years ago after she married her husband, Timothy. She grew up in the Philippines, and many of her relatives still live in the island nation in southeast Asia.

  • Some teachers resent hiring of instructional coaches

    The school board’s decision to hire six new instructional coaches in the spring at a cost of $220,000 hasn’t necessarily been welcome news for teachers in the district, according to Board Member DeLane Pinkston.
    “They resent the term ‘instructional coaches,’” Pinkston said during the school board’s Nov. 12 meeting. “Some are taking it that they can’t do their job. I would hope the principals would tell them that is not the intent.”

  • New tourism commissioners appointed

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission had a busy week, holding two meetings and appointing two new commissioners.
    Technically, the commission didn’t meet on Nov. 11. Since only three commissioners — Chairman Brad Lanham, Carlotta Brussell and David Winebrenner — were present, the commission did not have a quorum.