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Quarles: Sales of Kentucky Hemp Products Surged in 2018

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner says sales of the state’s hemp products surged in 2018, as did the amount hemp farmers were paid. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Monday that Kentucky hemp processors reported nearly $58 million in gross product sales last year, compared with nearly $17 million in 2017. The report is… Read More

Kentucky Lawmakers Target Solar power, Felony Expungement

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – People who put solar panels on their homes will likely get less credit for the power they generate after Kentucky lawmakers OK’d new rules for the fledgling industry in one of the country’s top coal-producing states. The legislation was one of 119 bills Kentucky lawmakers finished on Thursday, an explosion of… Read More

Toyota Revs Up Hybrid Vehicle Production In Ohio Valley

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The automaker Toyota announced Thursday major new investments in facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia to increase production of hybrid vehicles. Toyota plans to invest about $750 million in facilities in five states with almost half of that going to its plants in Kentucky and West Virginia. Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, already the largest… Read More

Toyota Driving Demand For Solar Power In Ohio Valley

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Automaker Toyota is planning to announce a major investment in solar and other renewable energy in Appalachia and the Southeastern U.S. The plan includes a massive new solar facility on an old surface coal mine property in Kentucky. Sources close to the deal tell the Ohio Valley Resource that the Kentucky site is part of… Read More

Kentucky Governor Signs Concealed Carry Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Legislation allowing adults to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training has been signed into law by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. The Republican governor signed the bill Monday. Under the legislation, Kentuckians age 21 and up who are able to lawfully possess a firearm can conceal their weapons without… Read More

Milestone Win Builds on GOP Strength in Eastern Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The GOP will have its largest margin ever in the state Senate after voters in an eastern Kentucky district elected a Republican for the first time since the 1960s. Republican Phillip Wheeler defeated Democrat Darrell Pugh in a special election last week in state Senate District 31. The Legislative Research Commission… Read More

Measure Seeks Review of Kentucky’s Response to Hepatitis Outbreak

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky lawmakers have advanced a proposal that calls for a review of the state’s response to a hepatitis A outbreak that became one of the country’s largest. Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey said Monday the goal is to determine how the outbreak occurred, how it spread and how such outbreaks… Read More

Political Feud Complicates Kentucky’s Fight Against Opioids

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A political feud between Kentucky’s top elected officials is complicating the state’s effort to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the opioid epidemic. That fight is reflected in a lawsuit that comes before Kentucky’s Supreme Court this week. Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has hired some high-powered law firms… Read More