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Woodford Reserve Distillery set to expand

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Brown-Forman Corp. said Thursday it plans to boost bourbon production at its Woodford Reserve Distillery, where an expansion topping $35 million will add stills, double its bottling capacity and increase storage space where the whiskey matures.

The investments at the picturesque distillery -- near Versailles in Kentucky's thoroughbred country -- come as the brand had record volumes of nearly 250,000 9-liter cases and a 28 percent increase in net sales in the fiscal year that ended April 30, said Brown-Forman spokeswoman Elizabeth Conway.

Hobby Lobby wins right to challenge health law

DENVER -- In a health care decision giving hope to opponents of the federal birth-control coverage mandate, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Hobby Lobby stores won't have to start paying millions of dollars in fines next week for not complying with the requirement.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver decided the Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts chain can proceed with its case and won't be subject to fines in the meantime.

The reprieve gives Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. more time to argue in a lower court that for-profit businesses -- not just currently exempted religious groups -- should be allowed to seek an exception if the law violates their religious beliefs.

The company had sued to overturn the mandate on grounds that it violates the faith of founder and CEO David Green and his family.

The appeals court remanded the case for more argument, but the judges indicated Hobby Lobby had a reasonable chance of success.