Monthly Archives: April 2021

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles considering run for governor

Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles considering run for governor

Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture, Dr. Ryan Quarles, told 13 News he’s considering running for governor as the republican candidate in 2023. If elected in the primary, he could face off against Governor Andy Beshear, if Beshear decides to run again. “I am getting a lot of encouragement around the state to consider running for governor,”…more »

2012: Gerrymandering in Warren County

2012: Gerrymandering in Warren County

A House redistricting plan puts three southcentral Kentucky Republicans in the same District: 17. Under the plan approved Thursday, all of Butler and Edmonson County and a portion of Warren County where Rep. Jim DeCesare lives would be lumped into one district. Butler is represented by C.B. Embry and Edmonson County is represented by freshman…more »

Texas-based Buc-ee’s looks to put travel center in Smiths Grove

Texas-based Buc-ee’s looks to put travel center in Smiths Grove

A Texas-based convenience store chain known for its giant-sized travel centers and iconic beaver mascot may soon be expanding into Warren County. Buc-ee’s, headquartered in Lake Jackson, Texas, has purchased nearly 30 acres near the Interstate 65 Smiths Grove interchange as part of the chain’s expansion strategy. Founded in 1982 and at first limited to…more »

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

EXPLAINER: How does an officer use a gun instead of a Taser?

A suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a weekend traffic stop accidentally drew her firearm instead of a stun gun, the city’s police chief said Monday. Although rare, a string of similar incidents has happened in recent years across the U.S. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said the officer…more »

Kentucky Board of Education regains its independence

Kentucky Board of Education regains its independence

With little fanfare, today Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed HB 178, which prohibits governors from doing what Beshear himself did in December 2019 when he fired me and the ten other members of the Kentucky Board of Education for purely partisan reasons, quickly initiating the resignation of then-Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis. HB 178 is…more »

Amtrak unveils vision of expanded rail map under Biden’s infrastructure plan

Amtrak unveils vision of expanded rail map under Biden’s infrastructure plan

Amtrak released a proposed map Wednesday of an expanded U.S. rail system that could be built with funding from President Biden’s infrastructure plan. Why it matters: The expanded rail system — funded with the $80 billion Biden’s infrastructure plan allocates to rail specifically—would “create jobs, improve the quality of life, reduce carbon emissions and generate…more »

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