Rogers Still “Prince of Pork” With Non-Profit Empire, Says Ethics Group

Calling him the “Prince of Pork”, an ethics watchdog group says U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, has funneled more than $236 million in federal funds to several non-profit organizations that he created. In March, Rogers swore off earmarks and joined a GOP pledge to cut spending and reduce the […]

Beshear Declares State of Emergency

With the Ohio River predicted to crest ten feet above flood stage later this week, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency Monday due to the severe storms and flooding that have impacted the state. Throughout the commonwealth, heavy rains and multiple rounds of severe weather have occurred causing minor rivers to flood. The […]

Congress Won’t See Third Paul

Ending all speculation, the son of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tx., and brother of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., ruled out a run for a soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat. Texas physician Robert Paul told students at the University of North Texas last week that he isn’t interested in running for public office—yet. From Politico: “I think […]

Kentucky’s Knight, Jones, Liggins Declare for NBA Draft

University of Kentucky players Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and DeAndre Liggins have declared for the 2011 NBA Draft.  The school announced the players’ decisions Wednesday morning. Freshmen Knight and Jones are projected first-round draft picks. However, none of the three will sign with an agent, so they may return to the school if they withdraw […]

Kentucky Receives Stimulus Funds to Help Struggling Homeowners

Financial help is available for unemployed Kentuckians having difficulty meeting their mortgages. Kentucky is one of 18 states receiving federal stimulus money from the U.S. Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund. Kentucky’s share is $149 million dollars. Richard McQuady of the Kentucky Housing Corporation says homeowners can receive up to $20,000 or 12 months of assistance, whichever occurs […]

Florida Governor Reverses on Prescription Tracking Program

Florida Governor Rick Scott says he will support a compromise to implement a prescription pill tracking system in his state. Scott originally sought to block a prescription database from being used, citing privacy concerns. The system is meant to stop illegal prescription sales. Because Floridian pill mills are a major supplier of prescription drugs abused in Kentucky and elsewhere, […]

White-nose Syndrome Found in Kentucky Bats – Doesn’t Affect Humans

By Ron Smith, Kentucky Public Radio Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials have confirmed the first case of white-nose syndrome in bats in the commonwealth. Wildlife officials recently removed sixty of the infected animals from a cave in Trigg County. White-nose syndrome is a fungus that affects six cave species. It’s estimated to have killed more […]