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3:10pm

Fri September 19, 2014
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Former Louisville Congresswoman Backs Comer's Candidacy

Credit Jonathan Meador / Kentucky Public Radio

Former Louisville Congresswoman Anne Northup has endorsed Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the governor’s mansion.

Northup joined Comer for a press conference atop Waterfront Park’s Big Four pedestrian bridge Friday morning, commending the 2015 gubernatorial hopeful on his success in helping legalize industrial hemp in the state. She urged Republican voters in Jefferson County and across the state to support his candidacy.

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7:04am

Mon September 15, 2014
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Historical Journal Features Newly-Found Civil War Diary of Bowling Green Woman

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When a young Bowling Green woman’s diary was published as a book in 2009, it gave a glimpse of life in Kentucky during the Civil War.

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5:18pm

Tue September 9, 2014
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UK Hospital Construction to Start Soon

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

  Another phase of construction is in the works at University of Kentucky Hospital.

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5:10pm

Thu September 4, 2014
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Beshear Extends Smoking Ban to All State Property

Credit Lexington Herald Leader

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has banned all tobacco products from most state buildings and grounds in an attempt to create momentum for a statewide smoking ban when lawmakers return in January.

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4:25pm

Fri August 29, 2014
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Rains Dampen Attendance at 2014 Kentucky State Fair

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Rainy weather for several days sapped some of the attendance out of this year’s Kentucky State Fair.  The 110th edition of the fair wrapped up this past Sunday.  It drew just under 516 thousand visitors.  The count fell below 600 thousand for the first time since 2012.  Rain fell on eight of the eleven days of the state fair.  Despite the decrease in attendance, other areas saw growth including the competitive entry departments and the World’s Championship Horse Show.

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2:26pm

Tue August 26, 2014
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County Attorney: Louisville Can Set Own Minimum Wage

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The Jefferson County attorney has issued a legal opinion saying Louisville officials can set a minimum wage in the city.

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4:10pm

Mon August 25, 2014
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Summer Weather in Kentucky Runs Gamut from Drought to Flood

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The Commonwealth is experiencing varying weather conditions this summer. Most recently, heavy rains have hit hard in portions of central and eastern Kentucky. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon says so far this month, Kentucky has seen an average of four and a half inches of rainfall. "This would place in the top 25 wettest August on record.  Saying that, we still have six days to go in August, so we very well could rise in the records there," said Dixon.

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5:25pm

Fri August 22, 2014
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Firefighters Still in Hospital After Ice Stunt

Several hundred people, most of the Campbellsville University students, gathered on the campus on Aug. 21, 2014 for a prayer service after two firefighters were seriously injured earlier in the day in an accident at the school.
Credit Bill Estep / Lexington Herald Leader

Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."

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5:01pm

Fri August 22, 2014
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State Awaiting Word on Mine Safety Funding

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State mine safety officials are seeking federal funds to continue training and re-training Kentucky's miners.

If the request for funds is granted, over $600,000 dollars would pay for instructors and educational materials for six offices in the State Division of Mine Safety. 

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9:59pm

Thu August 21, 2014
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Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Awry, Firefighters Hurt

Credit Tyler Arterburn / WHAS-11

Police  say two firefighters were seriously injured when the fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line as they helped college students take part in an ice bucket challenge.

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4:44pm

Wed August 20, 2014
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Kentucky Prosecutors Gather in Lexington for Annual Meeting

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Hundreds of county and state prosecutors are meeting in Lexington this week to discuss issues ranging from human trafficking to jury selection to search and seizure procedures.

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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

Credit Diane Geller

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

Credit U.S. Senate Historical Office

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

Credit Pablo Alcala / Lexington Herald Leader

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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