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12:49pm

Fri July 24, 2015
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Kentucky State Parks Nix Confederate Flag Merchandise

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The Kentucky Department of Parks will no longer sell merchandise featuring the Confederate battle flag at park gift shops.

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9:49pm

Tue July 21, 2015
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Cicadas Sounding Off in Big Numbers this Summer

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Many trees in central Kentucky are alive with the sound of insects.  It's the call of the annual cicada.

The sound of cicadas is hard to miss when outside in many neighborhoods.  University of Kentucky Entomologist Lee Townsend says male cicadas are sounding off and those insect numbers appear to be up this summer.  "It is a mating call and they can get quite loud and they'll start to chorus together and kind of develop a rhythm in their song," said Townsend.

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10:20pm

Mon July 20, 2015
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Rowan Co. Clerk Testifies In Same-Sex Marriage Suit

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Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses despite a Supreme Court lifted same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S., testified in court on Monday that her stance is based on religious grounds.

Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples, represented by the ACLU of Kentucky, who were denied marriage licenses.

Rowan County is one of at least two counties that has refused to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruling.

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4:41pm

Tue June 30, 2015
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Social Worker Faces Firing after Helping 7-Year-Old Girl

A northern Kentucky social worker is facing possible termination by her employer after she says she helped a neglected and abused 7-year-old girl.

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1:05pm

Fri June 26, 2015
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Gov. Beshear Orders Immediate Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2015) – “The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided.  That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.


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4:45pm

Thu June 25, 2015
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Kentucky State Retirees Get Update on Pension Program

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Lexington is playing host to the 32nd annual Kentucky Public Retirees meeting.  A big crowd with a vested interested in the issue gathered Thursday.

The hotel conference room was full of former state workers including George Hoffman, who worked for three decades in state transportation.  He's optimistic the legislature will continue to monitor pension fund issues.  "I've got hope that they won't let it just crumble, because there are people that really depend on it," said Hoffman.

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4:11pm

Mon June 22, 2015
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Louisville Protesters Call for Union Chief's Dismissal

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About a hundred protesters blocked streets in downtown Louisville to demand the president of the police union be fired for calling activists "liars and race-baiters" and writing that law enforcement supporters might soon have to rise up against them.

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3:03pm

Mon June 22, 2015
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Social Service Workers Lose 92 Cases of Possible Child Abuse

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State social service officials in Northern Kentucky say they lost track of nearly 100 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect, with some languishing for months before being recently rediscovered.

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2:03pm

Mon June 15, 2015
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Appeals Court: Private Utility Subject to Open Records Law

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that a private utility in eastern Kentucky is subject to the open records law because it receives all its revenue from local governments.

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3:27pm

Thu June 4, 2015
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Rogers: Disability Pay to be Restored for 900 Recipients

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U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says a suspension of federal disability benefits for 900 recipients in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia is being lifted.

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3:26pm

Tue May 19, 2015
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Ex-Security Guard Indicted in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Scheme

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A former security guard accused of looking the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery was indicted Tuesday.

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4:38pm

Thu May 7, 2015
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Disaster Center Opens in Madison and Lawrence Counties

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Disaster recovery centers opened Thursday in Madison and Lawrence counties for people affected by April storms in Kentucky.

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5:45pm

Mon April 27, 2015
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How Lawsuits Against Ky’s Gay Marriage Ban Reached U.S. Supreme Court: Parts 1 & 2

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Kentucky’s case before the Supreme Court started with a conversation between attorneys Shannon Fauver and Dawn Elliott.

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4:00pm

Mon April 27, 2015
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Kentucky State Police Dedicate New Training Academy Complex

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A new fully operational state police training academy is now up and running in Frankfort.  The official dedication Monday marked the transition from incarceration to law enforcement instruction.

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11:51am

Fri April 17, 2015
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License Plate Supporting Eastern Kentucky Program Approved

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Kentucky residents can sign up for a new license plate showing support for an initiative to diversify eastern Kentucky's economy.

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5:04pm

Mon March 30, 2015
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Obama to Visit Louisville on Thursday

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President Barack Obama will visit Louisville on Thursday for an event on the economy, the White House announced Monday.

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10:29am

Thu March 5, 2015
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Guardsmen Rescuing Stranded Motorists in Kentucky

I-65 in Bullitt County
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Kentucky National Guard soldiers are firing up Humvees to make emergency medical runs and rescue motorists stranded by a winter storm that has dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of the state.

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9:46am

Mon February 23, 2015
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Initial Grant for Appalachian Group Approved

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The nonprofit group Shaping Our Appalachian Region Inc. has received approval for a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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4:50pm

Mon February 16, 2015
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Gov. Beshear Declares Statewide Snow Emergency

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Gov. Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency after a massive winter storm buried the state under 10 inches of snow in some areas.

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10:57am

Thu February 12, 2015
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National Corvette Museum Ceremony Marks Sinkhole Anniversary

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The National Corvette Museum is planning a ceremony to mark the anniversary of a sinkhole that formed and swallowed eight prized corvettes.

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4:59pm

Fri February 6, 2015
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Kentucky Temporarily Delays Electronic Tax Returns

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State officials said Friday they will temporarily delay processing electronic tax returns following an increase of fraudulent filings from TurboTax.

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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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