Lawmaker: Only working farms should get farmland preservation tax break

BY LINDA BLACKFORD AND JOHN CHEVES – lblackford@herald-leader.com jcheves@herald-leader.com FRANKFORT — A Lexington lawmaker said Tuesday she plans to file a bill that would stop land developers and owners of large suburban estates from receiving a tax break meant for saving productive farmland. A Herald-Leader investigation published in recent days found scores of examples of the tax…

Rally at Capitol backs Planned Parenthood

by Deborah Yetter, @d_yetter – FRANKFORT, Ky. – Supporters of abortion rights and better public education on sexual health held an upbeat rally Tuesday, seeking to rekindle enthusiasm for a cause that has erupted in controversy in recent weeks. Scores of boisterous backers, many in hot-pink Planned Parenthood T-shirts, were among those filling the Capitol Rotunda to cheer on speakers who…

Kentucky Recommends More Restrictions On Fish Consumption

by Associated Press – State officials are recommending more restrictions on fish consumption. The Courier-Journal reports the recommendations come after state officials found mercury in more fish from more waterways across the state. Officials now say everyone should limit how much locally caught fish they eat, not just pregnant woman and children under 6. Lanny Brannock, spokesman for the…

Preventative Medical Care Is Going Mobile

by Karyn Czar –  More Kentuckians will have access to preventative health screenings thanks to the Kentucky One Health mobile screening unit. It’s much smaller, but this mobile screening unit has everything your doctor’s office would have; a front desk, waiting area and a private exam room.  That’s where, Ultrasound Technician Michelle Teachey scanned my neck.  “We’re…

Massie: Government could hire Apple engineers

by Scott Wartman, swartman@nky.com – U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie said there are ways that wouldn’t jeopardize privacy rights for the government to access the iPhone of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack. Apple has refused to create a backdoor for the government to access the iPhone. Massie, a Republican who represents Northern Kentucky, told constituents Monday that if…

Dispute involving senator handled ‘by the book’

by Mike Scogin, Georgetown News-Graphic – GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Police Department followed its policies and procedures “by the book” while investigating a domestic dispute involving state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, Mayor Tom Prather and police Chief Michael Bosse said in separate interviews. Georgetown News-Graphic Police were alerted to an argument between Thayer and his former…