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  • Reduction in agricultural development funds likely, lawmaker group learns

    Special to The Banner

    FRANKFORT—State and regional agricultural projects will likely have 36 percent less available state agricultural development funding this fiscal year because of the struggling economy, a state legislative committee was told yesterday.

  • Alleged robber arrested

    A bit of luck and some good, old-fashioned police work led to the arrest of the man who allegedly robbed Cook’s Pharmacy employees at gunpoint on Thursday, Nov. 3.

    Detective Danny Stivers with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that Brandon L. French, 31, of Bagdad was arrested Friday night, Nov. 11, while being held at the Shelby County Detention Center.

    Stivers said after the robbery, he had contacted Officer Rodney Kidd of the Simpsonville Police Department, which had been investigating a similar crime there.

  • New Castle pharmacy robbed

    It only took about two minutes for a lone gunman to rob Cook’s Pharmacy on Main Street in New Castle of prescription pills, according to Detective Danny Stivers of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

    Stivers said at about 1:48 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, the robber lured an employee from behind the pharmacy counter, claiming that he thought he had pink eye. As the employee began pointing out products the man might want to try, the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and handed a plastic bag to the employee, ordering that he fill it with prescription pain killers.

  • Federal funds for heating homes

    From the KPA News Content Service

    FRANKFORT – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services Monday announced that $24 million in federal funding has been released to Kentucky to help low-income families heat their homes this winter.

    The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services released funding for states’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP), which help families pay their energy bills, particularly during the very cold and hot months.

  • Kentucky State Police honors latest Medal of Honor recipient
  • Ky. General Election: 3 vye for governor’s mansion

    By JAMES ROBERTS

    Kentucky Press Association

    Three candidates are seeking the governor’s seat in November. But, while each candidate has distinct differences, all agree that the economy and, more importantly, getting Kentuckians back to work, is among the top issues facing the Bluegrass state.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal sent questionnaires to all three candidates. Below are their responses. Their answers are posted in their entirety at www.cknj.com.

    Steve Beshear

  • Hope Clinic receives grant

    By Tracy Harris

    Staff writer, The Oldham Era

    The waiting room at the Hope Health Clinic was crowded Monday morning — but it wasn’t full of patients.

    It was packed with excited supporters, volunteers and workers, all there for a special announcement.

    “They always told me to speak softly and carry a big check,” said Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

  • KSP to partner with DEA for ‘Take Back’ initiative

    The Kentucky State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on October 29, 2011 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.  Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Oct. 29th at every KSP Post across the state.

  • Legislature may address statewide smoking ban

    By ROBYN L. MINOR

    The Daily News Bowling Green

    A statewide smoking ban will again come before lawmakers when they head back to Frankfort in January, but just how much support such a measure will have is unclear.

    “There is no question that it would save the state money in terms of what it pays out for Medicaid,” said state Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green.

  • Fla. doctors can now check patients’ pill use

    From the KPA News Content Service

    Florida has finally implemented an electronic database where the state’s doctors can check their patients’ prescription drug history. It’s hoped the information will curb doctor shopping and other pain pill abuses.

    The Palm Beach Post reported that the Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation system went online Monday. The bill establishing the system was nearly killed by Florida’s Republican governor and other influential GOP lawmakers.