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4:19pm

Sun February 2, 2014
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Many Areas of State to see Significant Snowfall by Monday

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UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.

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8:42am

Sun February 2, 2014
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Construction of Noah's Ark Park to Begin This Spring

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy" and Creation Museum founder and CEO Ken Ham debated the topic "Is Creation a Viable Model of Origins?" February 4, 2014
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5:45pm

Thu January 30, 2014
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Muhlenberg Co. House Fire Claims Lives of Nine Family Members Including Eight Children

The scene of Thursday's house fire in Muhlenberg County
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Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after  2 a.m.

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8:29am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Examining Kentucky's Zombie of a Pension Problem

Governor Steve Beshear's $20 billion budget includes nearly $190 million for K through 12 education, even at the expense of cuts to many other state agencies.  Part of that funding for education is coming at the expense of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System.  Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador reports that the pension's unfunded liability could bring about dire financial straits for the Commonwealth.

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6:31pm

Thu January 23, 2014
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School Diabetes Bill Moving Forward

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Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor.  There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure.  Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.

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1:39am

Wed January 22, 2014
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Beshear's Budget Includes "Harsh" Cuts to Free Funds for Education

Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development.  The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.


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9:57pm

Tue January 21, 2014
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Gov. Beshear's 2014 Budget Address Text & Fact Sheets

Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort. 

Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal.   These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.

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4:19pm

Fri January 17, 2014
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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul Still Concerned About NSA

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Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says President Obama isn’t going far enough with changing the country’s data collection policy. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul believes the privacy of American citizens will continue to be violated despite today’s speech by the President.

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3:32pm

Fri January 10, 2014
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Water Problems Continue to Impact Two State Parks

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Two state parks have been affected by water problems brought on by recent cold weather, temporarily closing one of the parks and leaving the other with no food service.  The Kentucky Department of Parks says Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County is temporarily closed due to a lack of water.

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2:38pm

Tue December 24, 2013
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Lexington-Based Military Care Organization Plans Continued Service in 2014

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The U.S. military drawdown in countries like Afghanistan is not causing big changes for a Lexington based military care organization.  Military Missions Incorporated hears from contributors all across the United States. 

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2:51pm

Mon December 23, 2013
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Bonding Secured for Kentucky Bridges Project

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Kentucky has closed on a bond issue that's a key part of financing for a new Ohio River bridge that will connect Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. State transportation officials say it will provide $761 million for the downtown project.

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12:10pm

Tue December 17, 2013
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Two Hogenville City Officials Indicted

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A grand jury has indicted the mayor and the city clerk of a small town in central Kentucky on 69 counts. The News-Enterprise reports the indictments handed down by the Larue County grand jury came after a long investigation prompted by complaints from residents.

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9:00am

Fri December 13, 2013
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Cheer Cheer and Cheer Some More

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All-star cheer and dance teams representing eight states are competing this weekend in Louisville at the Triple Crown Showdown of cheerleading. The Courier-Journal reports more than 6,000 cheerleaders as young as 4 years old will participate at the fairgrounds.

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6:45am

Wed December 11, 2013
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Morgan County Judge Executive Pleads Not Guilty

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An eastern Kentucky judge-executive whose county was devastated by a tornado has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley was arraigned Tuesday, one day after an unsealed indictment accused him of steering work to a construction contractor in exchange for kickbacks.

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6:41am

Mon December 2, 2013
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State Police Continue Black Friday Drug Crackdown

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A roundup of drug offenders touted by the Kentucky State Police as the largest such operation in its history still has a ways to go. “Operation Black Friday” began on Nov. 1 to arrest nearly 500 drug offenders across the state, but about a third of those targets remain at-large.

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5:54pm

Wed October 30, 2013
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'Beep' Baseball Comes to Fort Knox

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It may be a little cool, but a group of Fort Knox soldiers are gearing up for some November baseball.  This is an outdoor activity with several twists.  It’s a brand new game for wounded warriors in the Fort Knox transition program.  It’s called ‘Beep’ baseball.  As suggested, the ball sounds off with repetitive beeps.  It was developed for people with visual impairment, but even players with vision are blindfolded.

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6:58am

Fri October 25, 2013
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Kentuckians to See Food Stamp Reduction

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Nearly 870 thousand Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits.   The change comes as federal recovery dollars dry up.  As of next onth, on average, eligible Kentucky households will experience a five and a half percent reduction in food stamps.  Mark Cornett, Deputy Commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet, says the impact ranges from about 20 to 36 dollars a month, depending upon household size. 

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6:35am

Mon October 21, 2013
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Growth in Big Rivers Wildlife

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A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest in western Kentucky will be dedicated this week.  Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will meet lawmakers, local officials, funding partners and others at the 42 hundred-acre property Wednesday.

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6:47am

Mon October 14, 2013
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I-64 Bridge Work Likely to Cause Traffic Tieups

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should expect heavy traffic delays on Interstate 64 in Franklin County this week.  Engineers will be inspecting bridges over the Kentucky River. Equipment problems and the need to have power shut down on some nearby electrical lines have delayed the work.

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3:49pm

Wed October 9, 2013
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Canada Fire Considers Kentucky for a Hemp Plant

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Kentucky is in the running to land a hemp processing plant being considered by a Canadian company. The CEO of Hemp Oil Canada says Kentucky has hemp-growing heritage but questions about the plant's legality have to be resolved.

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6:36am

Mon October 7, 2013
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Anti-Corruption Summit Planned in Northern Kentucky

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Kentucky state auditor Adam Edelen plans to hold a summit in northern Kentucky to address corruption after a multitude of cases in the area. The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Edelen plans to speak with public and local elected leaders about how to catch the misuse of public funds.

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3:37pm

Thu October 3, 2013
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Tolls Would Also Fund New Northern Kentucky Bridge

Interstates 75/71 as they pass over the Brent Spence Bridge from Northern Kentucky and into Cincinnati.
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Kentucky and Ohio transportation officials are working to finance a new interstate bridge linking Covington with Cincinnati.  Officials from both states released a report identifying funding options today.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the 50 year old Brent Spence remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.

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6:20am

Wed October 2, 2013
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Basic Services at Kentucky Military Posts Continue

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Officials at Kentucky's two major Army posts say basic services such as utilities, public safety and hospital emergency services are still functioning despite a partial government shutdown. Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards says some civilian employees have received furlough notices, but soldiers and other essential personnel are still on duty.

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9:43am

Fri September 27, 2013
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Prison Reforms Still Concern Some Kentucky Prosecutors

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Reforms to Kentucky’s criminal justice system still concern some prosecutors.  Lawmakers this week celebrated their success, saying the law reduced prison populations, cut corrections costs and enhanced drug treatment programs. While it’s a step in the right direction, Russell and Wayne County Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Leveridge has a problem with deferred prosecution.  Leverage says it puts some accused drug possession offenders back on the street, without any penalty.

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5:32am

Fri September 20, 2013
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Brilliant Autumn Foliage Never A Sure Thing

Eastern Kentucky's Red River Gorge.
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It’s just about crunch time as Kentucky’s trees take on their autumn colors.  Big Bone Lick State Park Manager Dean Henson says the peak viewing period for fall foliage is almost always the second and third weeks of October.  It’s been a good year for rainfall, but Henson says weather conditions now are key in helping to make leaf colors radiant.

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7:17am

Mon September 16, 2013
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Review Shows Problems in Kentucky Bridges

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Federal records show more than 100 bridges across Kentucky have advanced deterioration and are at risk of collapsing.  The head of the state’s transportation agency blames the situation largely on more and heavier traffic than existed when the bridges were first built.

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6:49am

Mon August 19, 2013
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Higher Deer and Elk Hunting Licenses Proposed

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Kentucky’s Fish and Wildlife Commission is seeking fee increases for some licenses and permits.  The request doesn’t impact basic hunting and fishing licenses for Kentucky adults.  Among the changes being proposed by the Commission is to increase the deer permit for residents five dollars and the deer permit for non-residents one hundred dollars.

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12:14pm

Thu August 15, 2013
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Wolf Confirmation in Kentucky

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Officials with Kentucky’s Fish and Wildlife Department say federal authorities have confirmed a gray wolf was killed earlier this year in the Commonwealth.  The state agency says wolves have been virtually gone from Kentucky since the mid 1800’s.  It’s a mystery as to how the endangered animal wound up in Hart County in March.

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10:44am

Wed August 7, 2013
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Steve Nunn's Ex-Wife Launches Her Book

Tracey Damron.
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The ex-wife of a former Kentucky lawmaker serving life without parole for murdering another woman is launching her book Wednesday. Tracey L. Damron was married to former Rep. Steve Nunn, the son of the late former governor Louie B. Nunn, while he served in state government. A news release says the book, "Trail of Feathers," covers "love, death, murder, political power, deception, the supernatural and ultimately spiritual consciousness."

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9:21am

Fri August 2, 2013
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Upgrades Federally Funded At Three Kentucky Airports

Military aircraft takes off from Frankfort's Capitol City Airport.
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Three Kentucky airports are sharing more than $1 million in federal grants. The grants will go to the Fleming-Mason Airport in Flemingsburg, the Marion-Crittenden County Airport and Frankfort's Capitol City Airport. The money was awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration, and it will cover a large percentage of the project costs.

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