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10:24pm

Sun August 17, 2014
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Growing Interest in Archery Among Kentucky School Aged Children

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    Archery related activities are becoming more widespread in Kentucky schools and in recreational settings. 

Kenlake State Park will soon be the site of a new three dimensional archery course.

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8:52pm

Fri August 15, 2014
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Kentucky, Feds Reach Agreement on Hemp Imports

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Kentucky agriculture officials and the federal government have finalized an agreement on how industrial hemp seeds may be imported into the state.

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9:27pm

Tue August 12, 2014
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Kentucky's Teacher Retirement System May Become One of Worst-Funded in U.S.

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New pension accounting standards could place Kentucky's teachers' retirement system among the worst-funded in the U.S.

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1:42pm

Tue August 12, 2014
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September Deadline for Farm Ownership Program

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Kentucky farmers and ranchers still have time to apply for low-interest loans through the Farm Service Agency's direct farm ownership program. 

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3:59pm

Mon August 11, 2014
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State Budget Off to Good Start

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State officials say Kentucky's 2015 budget is off to a good start.

The state collected more than $705 million in taxes and fees in July. That's 2.2 percent more than the state collected in July 2013.

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2:12pm

Mon August 11, 2014
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Dairy Plant in Works for Laurel County

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A dairy processing plant planned for southeastern Kentucky intends to develop a low-calorie, lactose-free skim milk produced from Kentucky cows.

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9:46am

Mon August 11, 2014
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Deputies Providing Protection in Perryville

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The Boyle County Sheriff's Department is providing protection to residents in Perryville after the city's police force of two resigned.

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3:47pm

Thu August 7, 2014
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Fort Campbell Access Requirements Changing

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 Visitors to Fort Campbell will soon need more than a driver's license to get on post.

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11:06pm

Sun August 3, 2014
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New State Group to Aid Natural Disaster Recovery

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8:55pm

Sat August 2, 2014
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Comer Announces Bid for Governor

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced his bid for the Governor's seat Saturday during the annual Fancy Farm political picnic
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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced his candidacy for governor in 2015.

The former state lawmaker used the stage at Kentucky's premier political event to say he wants to lead the state after running the Agriculture Department. His announcement came Saturday at the Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky. 

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1:29pm

Fri July 25, 2014
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Kentucky Received 237 Children Crossing Into US

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Kentucky has less than 1 percent of the unaccompanied children crossing into the United States.

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1:08pm

Thu July 24, 2014
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Kentucky Pushing Court Records Online

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Kentucky is pushing to digitize court records and eventually make them more accessible to the public.

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6:00am

Wed July 23, 2014
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SOAR Group Hears Tourism Ideas in Richmond

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A work group of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative, or SOAR, held a listening session in Richmond Tuesday evening.  A group of 20 people gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University.    

Lexington marketing executive Phil Osborne served as facilitator for the session sponsored by SOAR’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Work Group. Osborne asked those in attendance to share their ideas about opportunities and challenges for tourism in eastern Kentucky and their potential for economic development.

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2:14pm

Tue July 22, 2014
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Child Health and Education Improve in Kentucky, but Poverty Prevails

Credit Greg Stotelmyer

While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow.

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9:20pm

Fri July 18, 2014
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Retired Kentucky Senator Ford Being Treated For Cancer

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Former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford from Kentucky says he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

The former four-term Democrat says he was recently diagnosed with a malignancy on one of his lungs.

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10:15pm

Wed July 16, 2014
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Beshear Plugs $91 Million Budget Shortfall

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Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an order to plug a $91 million hole in Kentucky's $9.5 billion state budget.

State officials announced the shortfall last week following sluggish collections on state income taxes. Beshear's order Wednesday cuts just $3 million in state spending. Beshear made up the rest by transferring money from other sources, including $21.2 million from the state's reserves.

State officials said they had few options to make up the deficit because the shortfall came at the end of the fiscal year when most of the money had already been spent.

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10:53pm

Wed July 9, 2014
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Kentucky Equine and Higher Ed Advocates Support Immigration Reform

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A long time leader of an equine association says Kentucky Thoroughbred breeders could benefit from an extension in immigrant guest worker visas.  David Switzer, Director of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, participated in the "Day of Action for Immigration Reform" Wednesday.   Switzer says his group would like to see a new type of visa that would lengthen seasonal time for the workers to three years.  “Then they can return home, spend a year back and home and then possible qualify to come back for another three years," said Switzer.

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11:04pm

Wed July 2, 2014
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Legalized Same Sex Marriage Could Mean Changes in License Application

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If a federal court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Kentucky is upheld following appeals, it could mean slight changes in the way marriage licenses are processed.   Discussions are underway about how such a ruling might affect County Clerks across the state.

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4:02pm

Tue July 1, 2014
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Federal Judge Strikes Down Kentucky Same-sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge Tuesday struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying.
Credit The Frankfort State Journal

A federal judge has struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex couples getting licenses and marrying in the state. However, Tuesday's ruling was temporarily put on hold because it will be appealed.


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6:00am

Mon June 30, 2014
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Wife of Slain Somerset Attorney Speaks Out

Prominent Somerset attorney Mark Stanziano was shot and killed Friday morning outside office. Clinton David Inabnitt was arrested Friday and charged with murder.
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The wife of slain defense attorney Mark Stanziano spoke out Friday following the cold-blooded murder of her husband.

The Advocate Messenger reports that Attorney Mark Stanziano, was making his way to his office on West Mount Vernon Street around 8 a.m. Friday when an angry gunman walked up to him and shot him multiple times, killing him in front of a slew of witnesses.

Stanziano represented the preacher charged with the triple murder at Danville’s ABC Gold Games.

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4:31pm

Fri June 27, 2014
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Somerset Defense Attorney Fatally Shot Outside His Law Office

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A well known southern Kentucky defense attorney has been shot and killed outside his office today.  Police says 57 year old Mark Stanziano was shot by a man who lives across the street.  40 year old Clinton Inabnitt is charged with murder.

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, a defense attorney by trade, has known and worked with Stanziano for many years and says he was stunned by the news from Somerset this morning. 

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10:48pm

Mon June 23, 2014
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Efforts to Keep Tolls Off No. Ky. Bridge Draw In McConnell, Grimes

The possibility of tolls to pay  for a $2.6-billion bridge replacement project in Northern Kentucky has enraged conservatives and become an issue in the U.S. Senate campaign.

Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes have ideas—very different ideas—to keep tolls off the Brent Spence Bridge. The issue highlights the different campaign philosophies by Kentucky's major party Senate candidates.

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10:31pm

Wed June 4, 2014
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Pew Study Says Kentucky Sentencing Reforms Are Working

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Kentucky's corrections and sentencing reforms enacted three years ago appear to be saving money and reducing the number of repeat offenses.  That's the conclusion of a just-released report by the Pew Charitable Trusts. 

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4:26pm

Mon May 26, 2014
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Governor Makes Appointments to Boards, Commissions

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has made numerous appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions.

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4:10pm

Mon May 26, 2014
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Bourbon Co. Tobacco Heritage Thwarts Smoking Ban Proponents

A mural depicting the tobacco harvest has been in the rotunda of the Bourbon County Courthouse in Paris for more than 100 years.
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PARIS — A mural showing a tobacco harvest has been on display high in the second-floor rotunda of the Bourbon County Courthouse for more than 100 years.

"Burley put me through school," Judge-Executive Donnie Foley likes to say. "Burley built this courthouse, burley built the schools, burley put food on the table." And because of that, he said, he can't imagine a day when Bourbon County goes smoke-free.

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10:14am

Thu May 22, 2014
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Veteran Police Chief Sees Youth Violence as Increasing Challenge

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As Kentucky's law enforcement officers and their families honor those killed in the line of duty, a veteran police chief says the threat is ever-changing.  Officers from across the state, family, and friends gathered at Eastern Kentucky University Wednesday.

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5:12pm

Mon May 19, 2014
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Ky AG Encourages Voters to Report Fraud

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Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday.  The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.  

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud,  "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems."  "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

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5:34pm

Thu April 17, 2014
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With a State Funding Plan in Place, Lexington Road Work Can Begin

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Now that the Kentucky General Assembly has acted on a state road plan, individual communities are preparing for construction crews.  The spring through fall period is traditionally road building season. 

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9:31pm

Sun April 6, 2014
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Kynect enrollment period extended to April 11

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Because of high demand, kynect has scheduled a special enrollment period to give Kentuckians who had trouble starting or completing applications during open enrollment a final opportunity to apply for subsidies and purchase new affordable health coverage through midnight April 11.

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10:55pm

Mon March 24, 2014
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Shaking Off the Cold

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Kentucky is having a hard time shaking winter in 2014.  The weather forecast calls for snow showers overnight with scant accumulation expected.  Temperatures have warmed significantly in recent weeks, only to be dashed by a return to colder conditions.

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