GLI: City heat study doesn’t justify more regs

by James Bruggers, @jbruggers – In his first heat management report, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called on residents and business owners to take steps to improve the livability of Louisville by reducing heat. Frankie Steele, Special to CJ Business group recommends incentive-based and voluntary programs for environmental tree, heat initiatives. STORY HIGHLIGHTS GLI said it understands the…

Kentucky’s General Fund Receipts Up 4.8% in July

by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS & ROB CANNING –  Kentucky Budget Director John Chilton says the Commonwealth’s tax collections in July were up nearly 5 percent from a year ago. Chilton says state General Fund receipts last month totaled $769.3 million. His office reported big gains in income and property tax collections and that corporate income tax collections rose more…

Yarmuth decries Bevin’s Medicaid plan at debate

by Morgan Watkins, @morganwatkins26 – Gov. Matt Bevin said in a press conference he will seek permission from the federal government to reshape the federal-state health program that covers about 1.3 million Kentuckians. Michael Clevenger, CJ U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth criticized Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program during a debate in downtown Louisville Wednesday afternoon, saying he…

City seeks to redirect $7M loan to FoodPort

by Phillip M. Bailey, @phillipmbailey – Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration wants to funnel a $7 million federal loan — provided to the city more than 20 years ago to create businesses and jobs in western Louisville — to the West End FoodPort project. The proposal comes just five months after the city sold a 24-acre site in the Russell neighborhood worth…

Magoffin judge-executive took part in vote buying, witness says while outlining years of fraud

BY BILL ESTEP, bestep@herald-leader.com – Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin has been a part of efforts to buy votes for years, a key witness testified Tuesday as a federal vote-buying trial for four others got underway. And in opening arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor said Hardin is an unindicted co-conspirator in a scheme to corrupt…