Chairman of House committee investigating Bevin’s handling of $11M road project steps down over subpoena denial

by Kevin Wheatley, @KWheatley_cn2 – FRANKFORT — The chairman of a House committee investigating the delay of an $11 million road project in Jessamine County has resigned after he says House Speaker Greg Stumbo denied his request to subpoena a Democratic lawmaker who accused Gov. Matt Bevin of retaliating against him. Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, submitted his resignation during…

Oil-backed EPA appointee hails from Kentucky

by James Bruggers , @jbruggers – Scott Pruitt has called EPA regulations “coercion” and has fought to slow down the move away from fossil fuels. Video provided by Newsy Newslook Environmental advocates are in a full code-red alert with the President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but back in Kentucky Oklahoma Attorney General…

Horse racing business is unhappy that visa provision for workers isn’t being renewed

BY CURTIS TATE, ctate@mcclatchydc.com – WASHINGTON — A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire foreign guest workers who groom horses and perform other jobs. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association wants Congress to renew an exemption to the H2B…

Ky Lottery reports revenue holding steady

by Sheldon S. Shafer , @sheldonshafer – Kentucky Lottery sales are ahead of last year but slightly below budget. That mixed picture emerged Friday from a meeting in Louisville of the lottery corporation’s directors. Maggie Garrison, the lottery’s corporate controller, told the board that year-to-date (July 1 through Oct. 31) statewide ticket sales totaled $314.3 million, or nearly…

Company wants to build prefabricated green buildings in Richmond

Jace Burris, behind a favorite quote from John Ruskin that is written on a window in his JCBarchitect office, 706 Westland Dr. in Lexington. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com BY CHERYL TRUMAN, ctruman@herald-leader.com – Architect James “Jace” Burris sits with his dog, Pippi, at his architecture office off Old Frankfort Pike, considering the future that will shortly be emerging from a…