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Today's News

  • Overweight
  • Traffic model will help end delays at Kentucky Speedway

    After receiving national media attention for the traffic gridlock and parking shortage that cast an ugly shadow over its inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 last summer, the Kentucky Speedway worked hard since then to make sure that never happens again.

  • The week in Frankfort: Legislature addresses budget, drug abuse

    So this is the way the session ends, not with fireworks, but with a budget delivered on time, not with grand and sweeping legislation, but with quietly important bills addressing this year’s absolute civic urgencies, while keeping Kentucky’s core government services intact, lean and hungry for sure, but alive to hope for better days.

    That in itself is a real winter’s work, if you stop to think about it. Consider the train wreck lawmakers found when they convened in session Jan. 3.

  • Rand’s House update

    When House and Senate leaders first sat down early last week in budget negotiations, most of the major issues had already been decided.

    Each chamber, for example, supported Governor Beshear’s decision to cut most state agencies by more than eight percent next fiscal year to balance the books and then maintain that level of spending in the following year.  Both the House and Senate feel it is important to live within our means, and to rely as little as possible on one-time funding sources to cover recurring expenses.

  • Harris’ Senate update

    By the time you read this, the 2012 General Assembly will be one day away from concluding. We have completed 59 days of the 60 day session, the last day, April 12, is reserved for considering any Governor’s vetoes, if any.

    By far, working on the state’s two-year budget was the most pressing issue this week. After several late nights, we reached consensus on the $19.4 billion budget with the House negotiators a little before 3am on Thursday. It was a hard-fought point but for the first time in recent memory, Kentucky will not bond for current expenses.

  • Bedford Elementary decorates for Easter
  • Fire prevention: Cooking safety tips

    Carrollton Fire Prevention Office

    Spring is here and it is time to talk about cooking safety – especially around the grill. As we  head outside to enjoy the nice weather, we should also be mindful of the dangers of gas and charcoal grills. Grills placed and used too close to a structure can cause unwanted damage and even a home fire. Please allow extra space between your grill and your residence.

  • Grant funding available for farm energy efficiency items

    The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, reminds producers of the availability of $2 million in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds for on-farm energy efficiency or production projects. Application  and guidelines for the KADB’s new On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program are available online at ag-energy.ky.gov.

  • Use disaster grants wisely

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Disaster recovery officials urge recipients of federal grants to use the money wisely and to keep receipts and other documentation for at least three years as proof the funds were spent as intended.

    Upon releasing the funds by direct deposit or check, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent every recipient a letter providing important information about the grant and outlining how the money can be spent.

  • USDA announces milk income loss contract program payment rate for February production

    The Farm Service Agency State Executive Director John W. McCauley has announced the February payment rate for the Milk Income Loss Contract program. The February MILC payment rate is $0.3895043 per hundredweight. This is the first time there has been a payment for MILC since April 2010.