Wed May 13, 2015
Health and Welfare

Kentucky Sees Big Change in the Number of People Who Drink Alcohol

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Kentucky has seen the highest percent change in alcohol use compared to any other state, according to a report from Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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Fri October 17, 2014
Business and the Economy

Gas Prices Dip Below $2.90 in Parts of Kentucky

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There are reports of gasoline prices under two dollars and 90 cents across parts of Kentucky.  The price per gallon has been dropping at a rapid pace with less demand and an ample supply.  Bluegrass AAA Spokesman Christopher Oakford says it's difficult to say how low prices will  go.  "You will see a wide variance in the price of gas.  I can't really comment on how far it will drop or how long it will continue to drop unfortunately because there are so many factors that affect the price, particularly of oil," said Oakford.

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Wed October 8, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky's Manufacturing Sector More Than Bourbon and Cars


October has been designated National Manufacturing Month. Kentucky is well known for its automotive, bourbon, and equine industries but an official with the state's Economic Development Cabinet says the Commonwealth is successful in other trades.

Joe Hall says Kentucky is home to more than 4,000 manufacturers with 220,000.   "Well I think the significance really showcases the diversity of Kentucky's economy and we really are a manufacturing state," said Hall.

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Mon October 6, 2014
Health and Welfare

State and Local Health Officials Gather to Fine Tune Ebola Preparedness

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State and local health officials met Monday with emergency management representatives to discuss Ebola prevention and response strategies. 

More than 40 people representing a dozen agencies gathered in Lexington to consider any modifications in preparedness.  Craig Humbaugh is a state epidemiologist.  "We have a surge plan for these kinds of activities.  We haven't done it at this stage but we might have to activate our continuity planning if we needed to," said Humbaugh.

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Fri August 22, 2014
The Commonwealth

State Awaiting Word on Mine Safety Funding


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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Wed August 20, 2014

Kentucky Public School Students Make a Better Grade on ACT


Kentucky's ACT scores are improving at a higher rate than students nationally.  Kentucky's composite ACT average has improved almost a full percentage point over the last four years.  State Department of Education Associate Commissioner Ken Draut says that's promising.  "In the ACT world, a point one gain, point two gain is considered a very nice gain across time.  What we're seeing across time is, you know picking up a full point over five years in several different areas," said Draut.

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Mon July 28, 2014
State Capitol

Kentucky Treasurer Says Suspicious Mail Making Rounds


Officials with the state treasurer's office are giving Kentuckians a 'heads up' about some questionable unclaimed property mailings.  

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach says the postcards carry a Denver postmark.  Bethany Goad is with the Kentucky treasurer's office in Frankfort.  "They were finding in multiple reports, it was an internet company that was sending cards who was a debt collector and the cards were reported to be blue, yellow, orange, or green," said Goad.

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Thu July 3, 2014
Business and the Economy

Kentucky Job Growth Seen at Slower Pace than National Average


A federal labor department report released Thursday shows higher than anticipated job creation for June across the U.S.  State Economist Manoj Shanker is also seeing employment gains in many Kentucky counties. "Compared to a year ago, 111 counties out of 120 are doing better than they were a year ago,” says Shanker.  “As the state economy improves, it's almost evenly split, except for some parts of eastern Kentucky.”

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Wed July 2, 2014
Business and the Economy

Gas Prices Could Vary Greatly Across Kentucky This Weekend


Motorists traveling from one end of Kentucky to another this holiday period could see a differing range of gasoline prices.  GasBuddy-Dot-Com Petroleum Analyst Patrick Dehaan says the lowest-priced gas is found near Bowling Green at three dollars 34 cents a gallon.  Compare that to Louisville where travelers may find prices hovering around four dollars a gallon. 

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Sun December 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

State Tax Reform on Kentucky Tonight

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss state tax reform.  The program, which airs "live" on KET Monday night, is repeated each Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.

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Fri June 10, 2011
Statehouse News

Beshear Says No Furloughs

It’s been another stellar month for state revenue receipts in Kentucky.  And Gov. Steve Beshear says that means no furloughs for state workers next fiscal year.  General Fund receipts in May were $750 million, a whopping 18 percent increase over May 2010 receipts.

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Tue June 7, 2011
Statehouse News

Primary Vote Tally Certified

The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified.  It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies.  Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago. 

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Tue May 10, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial

Civil War: The Nuances of Reenacting

An obvious modern impact of the Civil War shows through those who keep the history alive. Reenacting groups participate in organized events all over Kentucky. Kentucky Public Radio's Chris Taylor set out to learn more, and got a lesson in garb.

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Mon May 9, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Lone Officer Honored at Police Memorial

The lone police officer killed last year in the Commonwealth was honored today.  His name was added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports…

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Wed May 4, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Washington Post Says Farmer a "Liability"

The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary.

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