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  • New state laws take effect Thursday

    From The State Journal

    Several bills passed in this year’s legislative session, from curbs on the sale of cold and allergy medications to seat belt requirements on 15-passenger vehicles, will take effect Thursday.
    Bills passed by the legislature generally become law 90 days after a session ends.

    Here’s a look at some of them, according to the Legislative Research Commission:

    >Senate Bill 32 establishes a statewide emergency alert system for those suspected of injuring a police officer.

  • Comer to examine fuel-testing lab


    Kentucky Enquirer

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has set up a task force to address concerns raised in an audit over the state’s fuel lab, which tests the quality and quantity of fuels and pesticides.

  • Henry Fiscal Court strengthens dog ordinance language

    By BRAD BOWMAN
    Landmark News Service
    The Henry County Fiscal Court has done what the Kentucky General Assembly did not.
    Last month, the magistrates approved an amendment to the county’s “dog ordinance”  to include language from House Bill 273.

  • Lock construction is key to opening up Ky. River

    By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    The gates at Lock 4 are being repaired as part of an ongoing project to reopen more than 60 miles of the Kentucky River from Frankfort to the Ohio River.

    The Kentucky River Authority is using $4 million in excess construction funds for repairs at locks 1, 2, 3 and 4 within the next two years, according to KRA Executive Director Jerry Graves.

    The project will open 64 miles of the river from Frankfort Carrollton to boat traffic, Graves said.

  • State offers cool summer tips to save energy, money

    Kentucky’s temperatures are forecast to remain below 100 degrees for the next few days but will still be hot.  With thousands of Kentuckians trying to keep cool, the heat wave is dangerous for anyone in affected areas, especially the elderly and ill.
    The heat also can add unwanted stress to family budgets. The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence urges Kentuckians to take precautions to protect not only their health and safety, but also their pocketbook.

  • PSC urges caution during power outages

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - With some power outages in Kentucky expected to extend into late this week, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is urging residents without power to exercise caution when using portable generators or clearing storm debris.

    Two series of strong thunderstorms caused two waves of power outages in the state recently, with damage concentrated in eastern Kentucky. More than 40,000 customers remain without power as of this afternoon.

  • Kentucky Speedway’s speedy solution impresses race fans

    By Amanda Van Benschoten
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    SPARTA — A steady stream of traffic moved smoothly into the Kentucky Speedway all day Saturday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 – a sharp contrast to last year’s inaugural race, where mismanaged and inadequate parking resulted in hours-long traffic jams that caused more than 10,000 fans to miss the race entirely.

  • State police outline traffic plans for Quaker State 400

    While last year’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 at the Kentucky Speedway was largely a success, the traffic and lack of parking problems left a bad taste in the mouths of some race fans. Because of this, Kentucky State Police took the reigns this year and presented their plan at a news conference Thursday, June 21 at the racetrack.

  • Establish small plots of clover to improve deer and turkey hunting

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Establishing small plots of clover throughout your hunting area can pay big dividends during deer and wild turkey seasons.
    Summer is a good time to start preparations for an initial planting in the fall.

  • Search unsuccessful for bridge jumper

    Law enforcement are continuing their search for a Madison man who jumped from the Kentucky River Bridge between Prestonville and Carrollton on Thursday, June 21.

    An anonymous person called the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:15 a.m. Thursday regarding a naked man standing on the rail of the bridge between Carrollton and Prestonville, according to a news release. Carrollton Police Assistant Chief Steve Abbott arrived on scene approximately 30 seconds later.