Louisville news: If I prayed before a football game, it'd be for David Williams not to be a religious zealot edition [News]

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  • "The state’s Public Service Commission will hold a series of public meetings next month on Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electrics’ proposal to add environmental surcharges to customer’s bills. The utilities are asking to spend $2.5 billion to comply with new federal environmental regulations affecting utilities that burn coal to generate electricity. Kentucky Utilities, which serves the Lexington-area, has estimated that those charges will increase electricity bills by 12.2 percent by 2016. LGE has estimated a 19.6 percent increase by 2016." [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "A state lawyer’s recommendation that the Bell County school district stop allowing prayer over the public-address system at football games has sparked controversy in Kentucky’s gubernatorial election. Republican David Williams, who is challenging Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in the Nov. 8 election, urged Beshear in a news release Friday 'to denounce this attack on prayer at public functions and lead the efforts of state government to defend our citizens’ right to voluntarily pray anywhere they choose.'" [Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Par Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay Kentucky $4.5 million after allegedly inflating its prices for generic equivalents of such drugs as Prozac and overcharging the state’s Medicaid program."[Bluegrass Politics]
  • "Republican lieutenant governor candidate Richie Farmer wants the media to back off and news stories about his divorce to stop because it is a private matter and hurting his children. Farmer, who is the outgoing agriculture commissioner, vented his frustration at the 48th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast." [WFPL]

Photo: Courtesy Williams Farmer 2011

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