Adelsons give $15M more to McConnell super PAC

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ –  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam gave another $15 million late in the fall campaign to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s super PAC devoted to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate. That brought the Adelsons’ total contributions to Senate Leadership Fund to $35 million – dwarfing even other billionaire donors who…

Greenup approves needle exchange program

by MIKE JAMES, The DAILY Independent – GREENUP The Greenup County Health Department is poised to launch a needle exchange program its director says would cut down on diseases contracted by drug addicts using dirty needles. The exchange also would protect first responders and health care workers who risk exposure from accidental needle sticks, said county…

State audit rips U of L Foundation, Ramsey

by Tom Loftus , @TomLoftus_CJ – Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon briefed the media on the findings of an audit of the University of Louisville. FRANKFORT, Ky. — The University of Louisville Foundation exceeded its authority in paying former University President James Ramsey more than what was approved in 2014 by the university’s board of trustees, according to a…

Central Bank paying $18.1M to be ‘official bank’ of UK Athletics through 2030

BY LINDA BLACKFORD, lblackford@herald-leader.com – Lexington’s Central Bank will continue to be the “official bank” of UK Athletics through 2030, agreeing to pay $18.1 million in exchange for the use of UK Athletics logos in advertisements and to be the financial services sponsor of UK’s head coaches, plus assorted tickets. The deal was negotiated with JMI Sports,…

Despite rumors, Congressman Thomas Massie says 95 percent chance that he remains a congressman

by Don Weber, @DonWeber_cn2 – HEBRON – U.S. Congressman Thomas Massie says that there’s a “95 percent chance” that he will continue as 4th district congressman despite rumors that the MIT grad is rumored to be appointed the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Massie, who was a guest speaker…

4 charter schools would be possible in Fayette, Jefferson counties under proposed bill

BY VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS, vhoneycutt@herald-leader.com – Local school boards would be able to oversee a public charter school pilot project in Fayette and Jefferson counties under legislation State Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, has prefiled for the 2017 General Assembly. Beginning in academic year 2018-2019 and continuing through academic year 2022-2023, the charter school pilot project would allow…