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2:34pm

Mon October 1, 2012
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PSC Accepts Settlement in Big Rivers Electric Case

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Public Service Commission has accepted a settlement regarding a proposed environmental compliance plan and associated environmental surcharge request submitted by Big Rivers Electric Corp. Under the settlement, Big Rivers will not construct the most costly emission control projects it proposed in its original plan, thus reducing the total cost by about 80 percent. The modified plan will cost $58.5 million - $225 million less than Big Rivers originally proposed.

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2:33pm

Mon October 1, 2012
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Tax Amnesty Program Begins

Frankfort - In an effort to collect tens of millions of dollars owed to the state in back taxes, Gov. Steve Beshear Monday announced the kick-off of Kentucky’s Tax Amnesty program. Through the end of November, most people and businesses that owe overdue taxes to the state can apply for amnesty. This means they can pay up without facing penalties or fees and owe only half the interest due.

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2:30pm

Mon October 1, 2012

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Sun September 30, 2012

4:07pm

Fri September 28, 2012
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State Leads Nation in Drug-Fraud Prosecutions

Kentucky leads the U.S. in pursuing pharmaceutical fraud, according to a report by the Washington, D.C.-based consumer group, Public Citizen. Since 1991, the state has pursued the most claims against pharmaceutical companies and reached more than 30 settlements. It pursued 17 single-state settlements, the most of any state.

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8:46am

Fri September 28, 2012
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World War Two Bomber on Display

Boeing B-17 positioned in southern Indiana
Rick Howlett Kentucky Public Radio

A piece of World War Two history can be spotted in the skies over the Louisville area this weekend.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett took a ride on the restored B-17 Bomber that’s on its first national tour. The Boeing B-17 is better known as the Flying Fortress.  More than 12-thousand were produced starting in 1935.    Many of them took part in missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War Two.   Only a dozen are still flying today.

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4:31pm

Thu September 27, 2012
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Beshear Urges Kentuckians to Dispose of Medications

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday announced that Kentucky will again take part in a national prescription drug take-back program to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at locations throughout the state.

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2:27pm

Wed September 26, 2012
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Beshear Announces Child Abuse Review Panel

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced the 17 members of a panel that will help ensure that state agencies meet the policies and standards expected in cases of child abuse and neglect. Created by an executive order in July, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel will conduct comprehensive reviews of child fatalities and near fatalities that are determined to be the result of child abuse or neglect.

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2:24pm

Wed September 26, 2012

6:13am

Wed September 26, 2012
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New Veterans Driver's License

Military veterans across Kentucky can now secure a driver’s license with a new ‘veteran’ designation.  The new license option was approved during the 2012 general assembly session.  The word ‘veteran’ will be printed vertically and in capital letters along the right border of the license holder’s photo.  To obtain the license, a veteran must present a Department of Defense form that verifies service at the local circuit court clerk’s office.  Representative Tanya Pullin says the designation will help veterans receive benefits they have earned.

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12:12pm

Sun September 23, 2012

12:52pm

Thu September 20, 2012
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State to Begin Tax Amnesty Program

FRANKFORT – Kentucky is launching a tax amnesty program allowing people or businesses who owe back taxes to the state to pay with no fees or penalties. The threat of prosecution will be waived, and only half the interest owed will be due.

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12:45pm

Thu September 20, 2012
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Conway Sends Mortgage Foreclosure Info to Homeowners

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Wednesday announced that under the terms of the national mortgage settlement, two million postcard notices have been mailed this week to U.S. homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011.

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3:29pm

Wed September 19, 2012
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State Prison Staffing in Rural Communities

In rural counties, state-run prisons are often major employers.  And, after state budget cuts and reforms in the penal code, they remain an important part of the local economy. Some 12 state operated prisons are situated in relatively small towns.  There’s a maximum security prison in Eddyville and the others are either community or medium security complexes. Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner Ladonna Thompson says they’re a state agency that’s hiring.

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12:53pm

Wed September 19, 2012

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Mon September 17, 2012

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Thu September 6, 2012
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Aviation Issues in Kentucky

A cracked runway is not something a pilot wants to see when landing at a Kentucky airport.  But, rough runways have aviation officials here worried.  Winn Turney, who’s commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Aviation, says maintenance funds have been short.  “We have a lot of runways that are cracking and stuff like that.  Most of the time, with the funds we have, we doing we call crack and seal repair.  We’ve had some runways where if you went down the center line of it, actually a nose wheel of an aircraft could almost fall into one of them.  We’ve taken care of that particular area,” said Turney.

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3:18pm

Sun September 2, 2012

3:31pm

Thu August 30, 2012
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Ohio River Bridges Project Breaks Ground

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. – After decades of discussion, the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges project is officially underway. At a ceremony Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez and a host of federal, state and local officials broke ground on the first construction phase of the major project – a 3,000-foot extension of Old Salem Road.

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3:47pm

Wed August 29, 2012
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Isaac's Timing

As Hurricane Isaac spins into southern states, emergency officials to the north are making preparations.  Buddy Rogers, who’s with Kentucky Emergency Management, says they’re not expecting high winds or heavy rains.  “We don’t foresee Kentucky being impacted by this hurricane.  Hopefully, it’s gonna’ bring much needed rain to the far western part of the state.  But, we don’t see any type of hazardous risk developing in Kentucky,” said Rogers.

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12:43pm

Wed August 29, 2012
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Beshear Declares September as Preparedness Month

FRANKFORT – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. “Kentuckians face challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” Beshear said in a statement release by his office. “During my term alone, Kentucky has endured 11 presidentially declared disasters. Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time, which is why I have proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month.”

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1:00pm

Tue August 28, 2012

2:34pm

Mon August 27, 2012
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Jane Beshear Launches Food Initiative

FRANKFORT. – First Lady Jane Beshear and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently launched Ready, Set, Grow: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening - a joint initiative by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The project includes an interactive guide and website to promote growing and/or buying local food.

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1:27pm

Fri August 24, 2012
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Tobacco Crop Withstands Drought

Roberto Chavez Gonzalez placed a stalk of tobacco on a stick as part of a crew of 5 workers cutting 8 acres of tobacco on Rick Horn's farm on U.S. 421 near Midway, Ky., Wednesday, August, 22, 2012.
Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader

Conrado Olvera, armed with a tomahawk and a spear, moved in a decades-old rhythm. This annual farm ritual is being played out again in Kentucky tobacco fields, as farm workers like Olvera get down to the laborious job of cutting and housing the state's burley crop. It has been a long, hot and dry summer on Kentucky farms, but tobacco generally has fared better than corn and some other crops. Dry weather, however, is continuing. And burley experts say tobacco that hasn't been irrigated might need one more good rain to assure a profitable year.

7:16am

Fri August 24, 2012
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McConnell Eyeing Top Spot

A recent controversy over a Missouri Senate candidate’s comments on rape has not diminished U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell’s outlook for November.  McConnell is hoping to become majority leader next year. Depending on who wins the presidency, he needs either three of four GOP Senate victories this fall to do so. He recently asked Republican Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his race to give Republicans a better chance in Missouri, but Akin declined.  McConnell says even with Missouri in question, the GOP may still have a shot at the majority.

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3:53pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Elk Tours Offered at Two State Parks

FRANKFORT – Two Kentucky State Parks in Eastern Kentucky will offer guests a unique wildlife viewing opportunity this fall and winter – elk viewing tours. Visitors to Jenny Wiley and Buckhorn Lake State Resort Parks can choose a weekend, stay at a state park lodge or cottage and arise early to enjoy one of these unique tours, according to a parks system news release.

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3:45pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Beshear Announces Bridge Construction Plan

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a plan to accelerate construction of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge between Paducah and Ledbetter, enabling motorists to begin using it more than a year ahead of schedule.

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2:14pm

Thu August 23, 2012
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Champion Ham Fetches $300,000

The grand champion country ham, displayed by Miss Kentucky Jessica Casebolt, was produced by Scott Hams of Greenville, Kentucky.
Louisville Public Media

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $300,000 at a charity auction today.  Since 1964, the top ham has been auctioned at the close of the Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast. This year’s top bidder was Louisville optometrist Dr. Mark Lynn.

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6:27am

Thu August 23, 2012
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Interstate Bridge Work to Begin Today

Repair work is scheduled to begin today on twin interstate 75 bridges at the Laurel-Whitley County line.  During a scheduled examination in early August, a crack in one of the load bearing steel beams on each bridge was found.  Both bridges were subsequently reduced to one lane of service.  State transportation officials feared the work to fix the bridges might not begin until after the busy Labor Day weekend.

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9:46am

Tue August 21, 2012
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Tight Quarters at Detention Center

There may be little room at the inn when it comes to spending time as an inmate at the Scott County Detention Center, jail personnel told magistrates of the Scott County Fiscal Court recently during a meeting. Twenty-eight people were taken to the Scott County Detention Center following a drug sting earlier this month, and some of them went to other detention facilities to alleviate crowding, jail officials said.

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