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Phase One of the Ark Encounter, the largest free-standing timber frame structure in the world, will open for business July 7, 2016. The attraction, portraying the Bible's account of Noah and the flood, gave media and supporters a sneak peak Tuesday.

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Representatives of a religious ministry constructing a replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, KY say they’re not asking Gov.- elect Matt Bevin to restore tax incentives for the project. Instead, Answers in Genesis wants courts to rule on whether Gov. Steve Beshear was allowed to revoke the incentives in the first place.

Marjorie Fox

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Board has approved $18 million in tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park in Northern Kentucky.

The board unanimously voted on Tuesday to approve sales tax incentives for the Ark Encounter, a religious theme park to be built in Williamstown. The theme park is controlled by Answers in Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum.