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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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4:08pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Study: KY's Unauthorized Immigrant Population Drops

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A new study ranks Kentucky among the states with big declines in unauthorized immigrant populations in recent years.

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3:00pm

Tue November 18, 2014
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Churchill Downs' Track Is Frozen, So It's Calling Off Racing on Wednesday

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For the first time in 28 years, Churchill Downs has canceled a day of racing because the racetrack is frozen.

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9:53pm

Sun November 16, 2014
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Automated Truck Screening to Increase at Kentucky Weigh Stations

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Kentucky's Automated Truck Screening Project usage is about to almost double at interstate weigh stations.  There are currently five systems deployed at weigh stations throughout the state.  The technology allows for automated license plate readings that can be used to determine if a truck has delinquent taxes or regulation violations. 

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5:37pm

Thu November 6, 2014
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Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban Upheld

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's bans on same-sex marriages, rolling back two rulings that opened the door for gay couples to have their unions in other states recognized and to be wed in the Bluegrass State.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panels' 2-1 ruling Thursday is the highest-level court victory for gay marriage opponents after a flood of 20-plus court wins for supporters of same-sex marriage in the past year.

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4:17pm

Fri October 31, 2014
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Judge Set To Take Up Instant Racing

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3:24pm

Fri October 31, 2014
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Couple Pleads Guilty To Stealing From Monks

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The former accountant for a central Kentucky abbey has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from the monastery.

Josh E. Hutchins entered the plea to charges of theft and unlawful access to a computer Friday morning in Nelson Circuit Court. His wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor theft count.

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3:28pm

Mon October 27, 2014
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Jindal, Clinton, Warren to Campaign in Ky.'s Senate Race

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a trio of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday and Hillary Rodham Clinton will campaign with her on Saturday in Lexington and northern Kentucky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

 

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5:25pm

Fri October 24, 2014
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TV Ad in State Senate Race Removed

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A Lexington TV station has removed a campaign ad after a Republican state Senate candidate complained the ad was false.

 

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4:56pm

Thu October 9, 2014
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Fort Campbell Soldiers Headed to Liberia

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Hundreds of soldiers at Kentucky's Fort Campbell are preparing for a mission in Liberia.  Some 800 to 900 soldiers at the southern Kentucky military base have been educated this week on disease prevention.  101st Airborne Division Lieutenant Colonel Brian DeSantis says the training is focused on Ebola, malaria, and yellow fever.

"Where we actually put the uniform on in the right sequence, take the protective gear off in the right sequence, and then we get tested on our ability to put on the protective gear and take off the protective gear," said DeSantis.

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