Beverage group: 18 mayors wrong on sugary drinks
Posted: 11:47 PM - The American Beverage Association says efforts by the mayors of 18 cities to stop food stamps from being used to buy sugary drinks won't make the nation healthier.
DEMOCRATS ANNOINT CANDIDATE
Lexington Democratic activists heard from five candidates who wanted the party nomination in the 75th house district. That’s the mainly downtown/UK area district represented now by Kathy Stein who is running for the senate seat being vacated by Ernesto Scorsone. After 24-years in the legislature, Scorsone is switching gears in his public service career and running for circuit judge.
Since Scorsone made his move so late (waiting to see if judgeships were going to open through retirement), there was no time for a primary and the decision is left to party activists.
Wednesday, Democrats made their decision, choosing Unitarian minister Kelly Flood over four other candidates. Flood represents the district’s liberal leanings. Republicans indicated they’ve vetted some potential candidates but seem unlikely to come up with a strong contender.
There were plenty of back door meetings going into the dramatic Democratic nomination meeting. Some of the candidates urged others to drop out and there have been calls made for and against candidates by other interested parties.
The GOP managed to find a credible candidate in the senate race with Councilman Chuck Ellinger, Jr. He is known for stressing his “fiscal conservatism”… leaving most to believe he is at least moderate on most social issues.
The party registration favors the Democrats in both the senate and house districts. We’ll keep you informed on this one.
BTW… The Republicans lost their candidate in the 79th house district. Mike Farmer, who challenged Democrat Susan Westrom in 2006, filed in January to do the same this year. Now Farmer has dropped out and it’s too late for Republicans to name a candidate. Only an independent could file this late and the deadline for that is August 12th. Otherwise, Westrom looks to be unopposed.
McCONNELL TO BE ON “KENTUCKY NEWSMAKERS”
We’ve confirmed U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell as the guest on “Kentucky Newsmakers” this weekend. McConnell, who is the senate minority leader, is up for re-election this year. We look forward to a wide ranging interview with the senator. It airs Saturday morning at 11:00 on WKYT.
WKYT 27 NEWSFIRST
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Posted: 11:38 PM - Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday.
Updated: 12:03 AM - On Tuesday, new details were released into the investigation of Officer Jason Ellis' murder. He and his family were also honored at the Cincinnati Reds game on Tuesday.
Updated: 11:42 PM - Just weeks ago, he was badly injured after falling from a helicopter in a military exercise, now he's able to walk away from a truck crash with his wife.
Updated: 11:43 PM - Investigators say it sends a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated. More than 20 inmates at the Whitley County Detention Center face new charges after they failed drug tests.
Posted: 6:00 PM - Heavy rains caused major problems in the Perry County community of Big Creek, after flash flooding swept away cars and flooded an elementary school.
Updated: 11:39 PM - A woman faces charges after, police say, she neglected a disabled man she was supposed to be taking care of.
Updated: 7:02 PM - Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management used to be located on East Side Drive in Georgetown, but a little over a year ago, it was forced to shut down because of legal issues. Now, a doctor who used to work here has plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone.
Posted: 5:28 PM - The group from Texas even gave the Eubank church a sizable donation to cover some of their material costs.