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4:19pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Kentucky gets $300,000 for Flood Relief

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday Kentucky will receive a $291,440 National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The funds will create about 25 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers in Bell and Knox counties to assist with clean-up efforts as a result of the severe storms and flash flooding that struck Kentucky in June. 

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4:18pm

Thu September 1, 2011
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Kentucky ABC "Agency of the Year"

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Division has been awarded the 2010 National Liquor Law Enforcement Association Agency of the Year at the organization's annual conference in Orlando, Fla., for its efforts in combating underage drinking and preventing illegal alcohol sales. This is the second national award in the last two years for the ABC, winning last year for the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

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5:03pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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Alcohol now sold at Lake Barkley State Park

Lake Barkley State Resort Park became eligible to sell alcohol in early August. But the park started with a “soft opening” — offering only beer cans at the golf course pro shop — and just introduced its full selection at the dining room and convention center on Tuesday night. The park now offers wine, liquor and bottled beer, including a range of Kentucky brands, Park Manager John Jordan said. However, the new beverage choices entered the menu quietly. The park will not advertise alcohol products, and it will not add a bar to the dining room, Jordan said.

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4:52pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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GOP Lawmakers want Special Session

Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.

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4:44pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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38 Miles of Parkway Becomes I-69

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced a milestone accomplishment for Kentucky transportation – federal approval of an agreement by which a 38-mile section of the Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway will be designated Interstate 69 this fall. It is the first segment of what eventually will become an I-69 corridor from Henderson to Fulton, incorporating the Julian Carroll Purchase Parkway, Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway and a portion of I-24 in addition to the Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway.

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1:56pm

Wed August 31, 2011
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GOP Lawmakers Address Interest Payment

Republican state lawmakers are urging Gov. Steve Beshear to quickly call the General Assembly into a special session to deal with a $28 million interest payment due the federal government at the end of September. The interest is on the $900 million in unemployment benefits the state “borrowed” to make claim payments. Republicans, including state Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green and state Senate President David Williams of Burkesville, are warning that employers could be forced to increase their payments into the system if the interest payment is not made on time. But Democrats, including Beshear, disagree.

10:45am

Wed August 31, 2011
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Settlement Ends Police Brutality Lawsuit

The Fort Campbell soldier who claimed Hopkinsville police brutalized him during a 2008 arrest, by needlessly shocking him twice with a Taser, received a $100,000 settlement from the city’s insurance company. The company, Kentucky League of Cities, made the decision to settle, said Hopkinsville City Attorney Doug Willen. The settlement did not require the city to admit wrongdoing on the part of the three officers involve

1:20pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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State DARE Program Re-accredited

FRANKFORT – DARE America (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) has re-accredited the Kentucky State Police as the official DARE. Training Center for the anti-drug and violence program in Kentucky. The program is a police-officer-led series of classroom lessons that teach children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

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1:11pm

Tue August 30, 2011
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Bill Allows Screening of Welfare Recipients

A bill pre-filed in the Kentucky General Assembly could require people to submit to drug screenings if they’re receiving public assistance from the state. However, opponents say there are constitutional issues with the measure. BR63, filed by state Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, would set up a testing program for any adult suspected of using drugs who receives food stamps, state medical assistance and other public aid.

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10:17am

Mon August 29, 2011
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Deadlines Approaching for KSP Cadet Applications

The Kentucky State Police will hold testing for its next cadet class at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 22 and 23 at Eastern Kentucky University. All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY, 40601 by Sept. 14. The next cadet class is scheduled to begin in May 2012.

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11:35am

Sun August 28, 2011
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Feds Force Special Legislative Session

Gov. Steve Beshear will call a special session to handle a looming $28 million interest payment on a federal loan for unemployment benefits if no other options are available, his spokeswoman says. The outlook for business owners statewide is bleak if Kentucky misses the Sept. 30 deadline, several say, and they’re waiting to see what happens. At stake is roughly $600 million in federal tax credits they could lose.

11:13am

Fri August 26, 2011
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Over 600 KY Refugees Could Lose Benefits

Each year, hundreds of refugees come to Kentucky with the approval of the federal government to escape persecution in their home countries. Although they're here legally, up to 605 elderly and disabled refugees in the state stand to lose their Supplemental Security Income benefits if Congress doesn't act by Sept. 30, according to local advocates.

9:46am

Fri August 26, 2011
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Reducing the Number of Children in Jail

As Northern Kentucky authorities struggle with reducing the number of children jailed for truancy and other behavior not illegal for adults, a report issued Thursday outlines a plan that has reduced that number in other regions of the state. Kenton County has jailed more children for that type of behavior during the last eight years than any of Kentucky's other 120 counties, according to the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.

11:03am

Wed August 24, 2011
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More Audits for Former Whitley Sheriff

Two days before former Whitley County Sheriff Lawrence Hodge is expected to be sentenced to at least 15.5 years in a federal prison, Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen released two more scathing audits on Hodge's books while he was in office. Tuesday morning, Luallen released the 2009 tax audit for the period April 16, 2009 through April 15, 2010, and the audit of the 2010 fee account, which was used to operate Hodge's office. Like the nine other most recent audits for Hodge's office, the findings were once again referred to the FBI for further review.  All the audits combined show a total deficit of more than $240,000 from the sheriff's department during Hodge's tenure in office.

4:05pm

Tue August 23, 2011
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Road Projects in Kentucky Could Stall

LOUISVILLE – Highway construction and repairs across the Southeast would have to be canceled or delayed if Congress allows the nation’s federal surface transportation funding program to expire, Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Tuesday.

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10:11am

Tue August 23, 2011
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Two SE KY Highways Cited for Excellence

LOUISVILLE – Two Kentucky highway projects – reconstruction of U.S. 68/KY 80 through Land Between the Lakes and the first completed phase of the Newtown Pike Extension, in Lexington – Monday were singled out as two of the top transportation projects in the Southeast.

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10:13am

Mon August 22, 2011
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Pembroke Nursing Home Receives Citation

The state Office of the Inspector General has cited a Pembroke nursing home for creating a situation the regulatory agency says allowed a resident to commit suicide. Pembroke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was issued a type “A” citation as a result of an inspection by the OIG, a department of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, following the July 24 death of Betty Miller. This is the most serious regulatory citation that can be issued, said cabinet spokeswoman Beth Fisher. This citation occurs when there is an “immediate, very serious threat to health and safety,” Fisher said.

10:12am

Fri August 19, 2011
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Former Sturgis Man Charged with Fraud

A former Sturgis resident appeared in federal court on Thursday morning to face charges of scheming to defraud investors of more than $1.7 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Cory B. George, 27, of Owensboro is accused of defrauding investors of more than $1,749,590 by running advertisements in newspapers and offering short-term certificates of deposit paying 3 to 5 percent interest through his company, G3 Capital Management. However, G3 Capital wasn’t a licensed and insured bank, and wasn’t authorized to issue certificates of deposit, according to the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hale.

1:42pm

Thu August 18, 2011
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KSP Participate in Drunk Driving Campaign

Beginning Friday and continuing through Monday, Sept. 5, Kentucky State Police will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.  KSP will partner with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety and local law enforcement agencies across the state. The nationwide initiative is a concerted effort by all law enforcement agencies to reduce alcohol-related injury and fatality crashes by targeting impaired drivers.

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1:32pm

Thu August 18, 2011
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House Speaker Wants Drugs Monitored More

With prescription drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental deaths in Kentucky, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, is calling on the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure to better monitor doctors who over-prescribe pain medication. If the board does not take action, Stumbo is prepared to look for an agency that will, he said in a news release. Kentucky loses 82 people a month to drug overdose deaths, said Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

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12:12pm

Thu August 18, 2011
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International Attention on State Website

Gov. Steve Beshear’s nationally recognized e-transparency website, Open Door, is serving as a model not just for other states, but also for international journalists and government leaders. Nineteen media professionals from Africa will meet Thursday with representatives from the Finance and Administration Cabinet to learn about the searchable portal that enables taxpayers to explore how government money is being spent.

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10:05am

Thu August 18, 2011
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State Accused of Withholding Records

A lawyer for Kentucky's two largest newspapers told a Franklin Circuit Court judge Wednesday that the state was "thumbing its nose at the law" by withholding records relating to the deaths of abused and neglected children. "They are acting illegally and they are doing it in a brazen fashion," said Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer representing the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

5:51pm

Wed August 17, 2011
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Hospital Merger Before Lawmakers

The proposed merger of three hospital systems prompted questions from a panel of Kentuckylawmakers Wednesday.

Under the plan, the University of Louisville Hospital, Jewish Hospital, along with St. Mary’s Healthcare and St. Joseph Healthcare would merge. Most of the questions asked by lawmakers centered on the availability of reproductive health care.  Since Roman Catholics oppose procedures like tubal ligations, they would no longer be offered at these medical facilities. Instead, hospital officials say such treatments would be offered at facilities not involved in the merger

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11:06am

Wed August 17, 2011
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Bombing Hoax Suspect Awaits Extradition

A 50-year-old Australian man was arrested yesterday in a Louisville suburb. Over the next two months the Australian government will try to extradite the suspect.  Paul "Douglas" Peters has been accused by the Australian government of breaking and entering a home near Sydney, Australia and hanging a fake bomb around the neck of a young woman.

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11:03am

Wed August 17, 2011
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Kentucky Ranked 48th in Child Well-Being

Kentucky continues to rank low in children’s well-being, according to the 2011 Kids Count Data Book. The annual report measures various indicators like socioeconomic status and health.  For the past seven years, it’s ranked near the bottom ten states for the overall well-being of children. This year, more than a quarter of Kentucky children live in poverty. The poverty rate in both the commonwealth and the nation rose 18 percent. Now, Kentucky ranks 48th out of 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

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1:39pm

Tue August 16, 2011
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Senator McConnell Talks Election, Economy

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday he believes the Republican Party will have a “credible, electable” candidate in the 2012 presidential election. The comments came at a luncheon hosted by the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, two days after U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., won a straw poll in Ames, Iowa, over the weekend.

10:30am

Tue August 16, 2011
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Australian Bombing Hoax Suspect Fled to KY

A man suspected of a bombing hoax in Australia was arrested Monday outside of Louisville, Kentucky.
Sydney police allege that Paul "Doug" Peters broke into a teenage girl's home on August 3rd and strapped what ended up being a fake bomb around her neck along with what may have been a ransom note. He left Australia five days later and ended up at the home of his ex-wife.

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10:08am

Tue August 16, 2011
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$640K from Mexico Found in Airport

Customs officers made the biggest cash seizure ever Saturday at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport when they discovered almost $640,000 hidden inside tortilla press machines from Mexico. The officers spotted something unusual during a routine X-ray of the boxes and decided to drill into one of the presses' rollers. When the drill bit came out, it was covered in green and white bits of $100 bills.

5:48pm

Mon August 15, 2011
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Governor's Son Dies in Car Crash

 

 Bradley Carroll, son of state senator and former Gov. Julian Carroll, died after his Ford Explorer struck an embankment and caught fire on Leestown Road Sunday, authorities say. Carroll, 47, was pronounced dead at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, where he was taken after the wreck. The crash happened around 12:15 p.m. Sunday when Carroll's 2001 SUV went out of control on Leestown Road and struck the Versailles Road overpass embankment head on, Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal

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11:07am

Sun August 14, 2011
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Drug Task Force Investigations Suffer

As methamphetamine labs continue to flourish in southcentral Kentucky, federal funding cuts to area drug task forces threaten to undermine meth eradication efforts. South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force investigators have had to cut back on the number of miles they drive and the amount of surveillance they conduct because the combination of high gas prices and decreased funding has dealt the agency a crushing blow.

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