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3:43pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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Biden, Clinton Among Hundreds Who Honor Former Senator Ford

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Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.

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11:03am

Tue January 27, 2015
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Kentucky Homeless Programs Being Awarded $19M From US

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More than $19 million has been awarded to help homeless housing and service programs in Kentucky.

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11:30pm

Sun January 25, 2015
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Former Governor & Senator Wendell Ford Remembered in Capitol Memorial

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Hundreds of mourners filled the state Capitol Sunday to pay tribute to Kentucky's 53rd governor. Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. Ford is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. Senator. Governor Beshear offered a prayer to begin the service.  "He listened, he cared, and he brought people together.  Give us the courage to follow his examples," said Beshear.

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4:39pm

Fri January 23, 2015
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Preliminary Report on West Kentucky Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a seven-year-old girl.

The report released today shows the pilot, Marty Gutzler, radioed to air traffic control that he was having problems with both of the plane’s engines. He was instructed to land at the nearby Kentucky State Dam Airport. Minutes later, Gutzler reported he had lost sight of the airfield. That was the last communication from the plane.

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4:30pm

Fri January 23, 2015
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Wendell Ford Memorial Scheduled This Weekend

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Former Kentucky Senator and Governor Wendell Ford will lie in state Sunday at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, followed by a funeral service and interment in Owensboro Tuesday.

Ford passed away yesterday morning at the age of 90. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

The public is invited to the Capitol Sunday, where the Daviess County native will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time.

A memorial service is scheduled that day for 3 p.m.

A funeral service is being held at 11 a.m. central time Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Owensboro.

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10:32am

Thu January 22, 2015
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Wendell Ford, Former Ky Senator and Governor, Dies at 90

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A man considered one of the most consequential Kentucky politicians of the 20th century is dead at the age of 90.

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2:59pm

Tue January 20, 2015
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Electronic Filing Now Open for Kentucky Taxpayers

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Kentuckians can get a jump on tax season by filing their returns electronically. 

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3:53pm

Fri January 16, 2015
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Supreme Court To Decide If Same-Sex Couples Have Constitutional Right To Marry

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The Supreme Court says it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution.

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3:48pm

Fri January 16, 2015
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Muhammad Ali Released From Hospital After Urinary Infection

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A spokesman for Muhammad Ali says the boxing great has been released from a hospital where he received follow-up care for a severe urinary tract infection. It was the former heavyweight champion's second hospital stay in the last four weeks.

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3:21pm

Wed January 14, 2015
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KSP Ask for Information in Officer death

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More than 19 months after Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and hit with multiple shotgun blasts, Kentucky State Police are asking again for the public's help in finding his killer.

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2:37pm

Tue January 13, 2015
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Ky. Judge Grants Divorce to Same-Sex Couple

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A judge in Kentucky has granted a divorce to a same-sex couple despite the fact the state doesn't recognize gay marriage.

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3:29pm

Mon January 12, 2015
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State Officials say Kentucky is On Pace to Meet Budget

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Kentucky's chief budget officer said the state is more likely to avoid a shortfall after solid growth in tax collections through the first six months of the fiscal year.

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7:00am

Mon January 12, 2015
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Appeals Court Rules Mining Companies Can’t Sue Mine Inspectors

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Mining companies can’t sue individual government inspectors for damages, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued late last month.

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9:39pm

Sun January 11, 2015
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Road Crews Prepare to Deal with Freezing Rain in KY

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State transportation officials say road crews are preparing to deal with the effects of freezing rain in Kentucky.

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12:34pm

Thu January 8, 2015
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Some Schools Cancel Classes Due to Bitter Cold

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The bitterly cold temperatures have led several school districts in Kentucky to cancel classes.

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6:00am

Fri January 2, 2015
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Christmas Trees Collected to Catch Fish

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Kentucky fish enthusiasts might find a late Christmas gift submerged in a waterway next spring.   That gift could be the result of a tree collection program underway across the Commonwealth.

Cut cedar, pine, and spruce trees dropped in Kentucky lakes can make for just the right catch.  Corbin Assistant Public Works Director Roger Shelton says natural Christmas trees, free of lights and ornaments are now being collected.  The trees will be set aside to dry and drop their needles and then dropped in the water. 

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2:45pm

Mon December 22, 2014
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Beshear: Waiting to Build Bridge Will Be Costly

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says it will cost taxpayers $7 million every month lawmakers do not take action to replace the Brent Spence Bridge connecting northern Kentucky with Cincinnati.

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8:45am

Mon December 22, 2014
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Holiday Travelers in Kentucky Reveling in Low Gas Prices

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Kentuckians hitting the road this week for Christmas will be gifted with low prices at the gas pump. Gasoline prices have fallen consistently in the past few weeks. Lexington AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it wouldn't be out the question for a gallon of gas to dip below $2 in central Kentucky.  "I couldn't say we will see it under $2, but I hope so and I don't see there's any reason why it shouldn't if current trends continue," said Oakford.

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4:57pm

Wed December 17, 2014
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Beshear: Rail Companies Responsible for Track Safety, Maintenance

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Repair work is underway at the site of a train derailment in Paris which occured early Monday morning. 

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4:24pm

Tue December 16, 2014
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Kentucky Police Officers Honored for Efforts to Curb Impaired Driving

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    Hundreds of police officers at the local and state level are being honored for their efforts to stop impaired driving in Kentucky. 

The Office of Highway Safety's annual awards ceremony was held in Lexington Tuesday.

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5:30pm

Mon December 15, 2014
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Train Derailment in Paris Sends Three Rail Cars Down Stoner Creek Embankment

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An early morning train derailment near downtown Paris attracted numerous onlookers.  Repairs are underway and officials say the track could re-open relatively quickly.

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11:08pm

Sun December 14, 2014
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Water Impoundments on Kentucky Farms May Provide Drought Relief

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One of Kentucky's best known farm organizations is launching an effort to keep adequate water in the hands of farmers.  The Kentucky Farm Bureau's Water Management Working Group held its inaugural meeting last week.

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5:46pm

Wed December 10, 2014
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Both Sides of Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Cases Push for Supreme Court Review

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Tuesday filed his support for the request that the U.S. Supreme Court consider the state's same-sex marriage cases.

The state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was upheld in November by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The plaintiffs, including Louisville residents, recently appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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3:24pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Lawsuit Accuses Maker's Mark of False Advertising

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A lawsuit accuses Maker's Mark of false advertising by promoting its Kentucky bourbon as handmade.

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2:57pm

Tue December 9, 2014
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Ky Police Officers Refer to "Use-of-Force Continuum" when Subduing Subjects

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After the death of Eric Garner in New York City, police tactics have come under scrutiny on the national level. 

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5:12pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Keeneland Wins Approval to Acquire Harness Track

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The Keeneland Association has won approval from Kentucky's horse racing regulators to acquire an Appalachian horse track.

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3:32pm

Mon December 1, 2014
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Democrats First to File for 2015 Governor's Race

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A retired state engineer and a woman who was arrested after riding her bicycle to school are the first candidates to officially file for the 2015 governor's race.

 

 

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2:08pm

Fri November 28, 2014
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Proposals for Burnside Lodging Facility Sought

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The state is seeking someone to develop and operate a lodging facility at General Burnside Island State Park in Pulaski County in south-central Kentucky.

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4:28pm

Fri November 21, 2014
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Fort Campbell to Lose More than 2,000 Soldiers

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Fort Campbell is bracing for the loss of more than 2,400 soldiers.  Commanders at the southern Kentucky military base say the loss of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade will have an effect both on and off the installation.  Christian County Chamber of Commerce Spokeswoman Katie Lopez says it's difficult to determine the full impact just yet.  "There's always going to be issues that come up, so you know, we've heard about this before, but it's one of those things where you hear bad news but you don't want to believe it,” says Lopez.  “We hope for the best and plan for the worst, so we are pr

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3:43pm

Thu November 20, 2014
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Churchill Downs to Resume Racing After 2 Dark Days

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Churchill Downs is set to resume live racing on Friday after two consecutive days of cancellations because of a frozen track.

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