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…

Kentucky Utilities customers to pay more for environmental upgrades

BY BILL ESTEP, bestep@herald-leader.com – Kentucky Utilities customers will pay extra each month to cover environmental upgrades at the company’s power plants under a settlement approved Monday. The amount will vary each year covered by the settlement, which lasts through 2024. In 2016, the estimated additional monthly surcharge will be 30 cents for the average KU residential…

Bevin, Hampton meet Louisville gunshot victims

by Beth Warren, @BethWarrenCJ –  Governor Matt Bevin met with gunshot victim and cab driver Abdirahman Mohamed at the Frazier Rehab Institute to discuss the spike of violence in Louisville. Sam Upshaw Jr./The CJ Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton returned to Louisville on Monday with Gov. Matt Bevin to meet with another shooting victim, a taxi driver and father of…

Bevin administration officials get pay raises

by Tom Loftus, @TomLoftus_CJ – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin speaks at Fancy Farm Here are updated salaries of members of Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration obtained from state government’s “Open Door” website. This list – updated Aug. 8, 2016 – reflects a policy announced at the beginning of the administration providing 5 percent raises for officials who have served at least…

6th District Drug Task Force Focuses On Kentucky Solutions

by JOSH JAMES –  Congressman Andy Barr convened his drug task force in Lexington Wednesday. The 6th district representative discussed how the recently passed national Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will affect the panel’s recommendations to the federal government. The task force brings together experts in education, prevention, healthcare, and other areas to formulate specific policy prescriptions…