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12:50pm

Fri July 22, 2011
Statehouse News

Senator Discussed Terrorist Concerns

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told the Daily News he walked away pleased following a meeting Thursday with FBI Director Robert Mueller. Paul met with Mueller to address how Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were admitted into the United States as refugees from Iraq before eventually being arrested on terrorism charges in Bowling Green in May. Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, said his main concern was whether the 60,000 Iraqi refugees admitted into the country in the past three years were screened properly, and what was being done to screen them properly in the future.

10:06am

Fri July 22, 2011
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Doctors Debate Eye Surgery Bill

Doctors on Thursday debated the amount of training needed for optometrists to perform some minor eye surgeries allowed under legislation approved in February by the Kentucky General Assembly. Senate Bill 110 raised eyebrows for the short time it took both chambers to pass the bill - 10 days - and the Kentucky Optometric Association's political action committee giving more than $400,000 in campaign contributions to lawmakers and the gubernatorial campaigns of Gov. Steve Beshear and Senate President David Williams in the past two years.

5:25pm

Thu July 21, 2011
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$26-Million State Settlement with Passport

Attorney General Jack Conway Thursday announced a $26.4 million civil settlement with the physician and hospital partners of the Passport Health Plan. The partners must begin repayment within 10 days of this announcement. The final payments will take place on or before Jan. 1, 2016.

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2:12pm

Thu July 21, 2011
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McConnell Honored for Fight Against Drugs

The office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced Thursday he accepted the All Rise Leadership Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. The award was given to several members of Congress Tuesday and is handed out to lawmakers who exhibit a commitment to combating drug related crime and addiction through appropriate court programs.

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3:04pm

Wed July 20, 2011
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"Caylee's Law" could Prove Ineffective

A bill in reaction to the high-profile Casey Anthony trial in Orlando Florida has surfaced in Kentucky. “Caylee’s Law” was recently pre-filed for the 2012 legislative session. When Anthony was acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee, many observers were outraged that she faced no jail time for failing to report her daughter missing for 31 days.“Caylee’s Law” would charge a parent or guardian with a felony for failing to report a child under 12 missing within 12 hours.

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10:24am

Wed July 20, 2011
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Lawsuit Claims Negligence at Jail

An inmate at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center died last year after his diabetes was left untreated, and jail employees watched him lie unresponsive for an hour before calling an ambulance, a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleges. The estate of James Sours filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Pikeville against the regional jail in Johnson County, which was the target of a grand jury investigation last year; another inmate died in 2009.

10:20am

Wed July 20, 2011
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Nursing Home Faces Feds

What began as county-level allegations against an Erlanger nursing home was elevated all the way to the federal level because authorities wanted a tougher possible punishment. While using the federal False Claims Act is not a common practice in taking action against nursing homes, there is precedent nationally, even if it hasn't been used in Kentucky for such purposes until Friday's civil lawsuit against Villaspring of Erlanger Health Care Center and Rehabilitation.

5:17pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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Insurance Chief Heads National Committee

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers. The committee was actively involved in national efforts to protect military personnel from inappropriate sales activities on U.S. military installations.

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1:39pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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McConnell Urges Support for Debt Plan

Speaking on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged his colleagues to support the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan being proposed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon.  Backed by the Tea Party, the bill seeks to curb government spending by cutting spending by $111 billion and capping federal expenditures to 19.9% of the nation’s gross domestic output. The legislation also seeks to send a balanced-budget constitutional amendment to the states for ratification.

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1:36pm

Tue July 19, 2011
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Insurance Commissioner Named Chairwoman

Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers.

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10:25am

Tue July 19, 2011
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Decision on Nunn Case Revisited

Steve Nunn, seen here at a hearing in Fayette Circuit Court on Aug. 19, 2010.
Pablo Alcala Lexington Herald-Leader

The city of Lexington's Law Department is revisiting its decision not to release the criminal case file of former state lawmaker Steve Nunn until after Nunn has completed his life sentence in prison. The Herald-Leader had requested the case file under the Kentucky Open Records Act after Nunn, 58, pleaded guilty on June 28 to fatally shooting his ex-fiancée, Amanda Ross. The police department, citing a 1992 Kentucky Supreme Court decision, responded with a letter saying the request would not be fulfilled until Nunn completed his life sentence in prison.

10:03am

Tue July 19, 2011
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Nursing Home Under Investigation

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that it filed a civil complaint alleging that an Erlanger nursing home provided "worthless" services that resulted in the deaths of five residents and injuries to others. This is the first suit filed in Kentucky in which the government alleges that a nursing home defrauded Medicare and Medicaid by submitting bills for reimbursement while providing systemically poor resident care. The nursing home owner denies the allegations.

3:18pm

Mon July 18, 2011
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Space Wanted between Funerals, Protests

An official with a coalition of Kentucky veterans groups has asked state lawmakers if something more can be done to keep protesters farther away from military funerals. Dave Jarrett made the appeal recently to a legislative Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. Jarrett is chairman of the Joint Executive Council of Veterans. He says he realizes free speech must be protected, but the funeral of a soldier is a solemn occasion.

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11:35am

Mon July 18, 2011
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Kentucky Joins New School Food Program

Many Kentucky public schools have until Jul. 29 to become part of a new pilot food program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but all may not participate. The program provides free breakfast and lunch to all students in schools where at least 40 percent of students are on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—or participate in the Free and Reduced Meal Program. In Kentucky 102 school districts are eligible; Jefferson County is one of them.

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3:56pm

Thu July 14, 2011
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Kentucky Rushes Aid to Midwest States

FRANKFORT – At Gov. Steve Beshear’s direction, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has taken action to speed the emergency response to neighboring states hit with widespread electrical outages earlier this week. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock signed an official order to waive special registration and permit requirements for utility repair vehicles headed to stricken areas.

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1:34pm

Thu July 14, 2011
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KSP Ordered to Hand in Photos

An open records ruling from the attorney general’s office says Kentucky State Police must turn over photos from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire even if they are in possession of a former employee. Attorney General Jack Conway‘s office said KSP, which refused to give copies of photos of the deadly 1977 fire in northern Kentucky to a survivor of the blaze, must comply. David Brock, 52 of Florence, who was an 18-year-old busboy at the supper club the night of the fire, made the request. Brock wants to see the photos because he says he believes they will show the fire was caused by arson.

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11:45am

Thu July 14, 2011
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Nineteen Sentenced in Drug Ring

Nineteen defendants from Adair, Butler and Russell counties have been sentenced in United States District Court for their role in a crack cocaine and controlled substance distribution ring operating in and around Adair County, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. According to evidence presented in court, the drug trafficking organization operated between July 2007 and May 2009 and was responsible for the distribution of at least 300 kilograms of crack cocaine and prescription pills with an estimated street value in excess of $10 million, in and around Adair County.

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5:11pm

Wed July 13, 2011
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Mountain Towns Added to Disaster Request

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has asked for a major disaster declaration from President Obama for those parts of Eastern Kentucky damaged by flooding, high winds and tornadoes on June 19. Beshear requested Individual Assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

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5:09pm

Wed July 13, 2011
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State's E-Warrant System Expands

Frankfort - Five more Kentucky counties - Garrard, Jessamine, Pulaski, Lincoln and Rockcastle - have been added to eWarrants, the state's electronic warrant management system. This brings to 84 the number of Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants.  The Office of the Attorney General, along with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Open Portal Solutions, Inc., provided training and support for eWarrants.

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2:08pm

Wed July 13, 2011
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Flags Lowered to Honor Deputy Fire Marshal

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday in honor of Deputy State Fire Marshal Charles Sparks, who passed away on July 8 from a heart attack he suffered while battling a fire in Adair County.

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9:42am

Wed July 13, 2011
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Bringing Breathitt County to Frankfort

With a little less than a month to go, organizers of “Breathitt County Day” in Frankfort are making final preparations to make this year's event – the seventh annual one – to exceed last year's record turnout. They hope to tie into this November's elections for state offices, by inviting Democratic and Republican candidates for governor to the festivities, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, starting at 10 a.m. at VFW Post # 4075, located at the corner of East Second Street and Capital Avenue in Frankfort, just five blocks away from the Kentucky State Capitol.

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3:24pm

Tue July 12, 2011
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Tax Receipts Up, Bodes well for Employment

For the first time in three years, Kentucky’s general fund tax receipts have increased.  The fiscal year, which ended last month, saw a six point five percent increase...that's the highest growth rate since 2006.  State budget director Mary Lassiter says it’s a sign of economic recovery.

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3:56pm

Mon July 11, 2011
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Bridges Lawsuit Draws Motion by State

FRANKFORT – To help ensure the Ohio River Bridges Project moves forward, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Monday filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit by River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation against the Federal Highway Administration. The two groups are seeking to stop the Bridges Project, in which new bridges to Indiana would be built in downtown Louisville and eastern Jefferson County, and the downtown Kennedy Interchange would be reconstructed.

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3:27pm

Mon July 11, 2011
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State Warns Copper Thieves on Risks

FRANKFORT – The electrocution of a man who allegedly was attempting to steal copper wire from an electric substation highlights just how dangerous this illegal activity can be, the Kentucky Public Service Commission said Monday. A 22-year-old man was killed early Thursday at an electric substation in McCreary County. According to news reports, the man had taken copper from a Kentucky Utilities Co. substation and was attempting to do the same at a nearby East Kentucky Power Cooperative facility when he was killed.

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1:39pm

Mon July 11, 2011
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Seatbelt Crackdown Nets 21,000 Violators

Law enforcement agencies in Frankfort and Franklin County caught more than 300 people without their seat belts during this year’s national “Click It or Ticket” promotion, according to a recently released report. During the special two-week enforcement period from May 23 to June 5, the Frankfort Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s office issued a total of 323 seat belt citations.

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1:34pm

Mon July 11, 2011
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Officials Support Proposed ‘Caylee’s Law’

A proposed state law that would make it a felony to wait more than 12 hours to report a child missing appears to have bipartisan support from Warren County’s legislative delegation. State Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Jeffersonville, is prefiling legislation that would make it a felony to fail to report children ages 12 and under who have been missing more than 12 hours. The announcement came at the conclusion last week of the Casey Anthony trial in Florida. In that case, Casey Anthony failed to report her daughter, Caylee Anthony, missing for a month in the summer of 2008

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10:27am

Thu July 7, 2011
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Former Principal Guilty of Federal Charges

A former Magoffin County school principal pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal drug and gun charges. Darrell B. Patrick, 46, admitted selling pain pills to an undercover informant several times in 2009, possessing pills for the purpose of distribution and possessing guns in furtherance of a drug crime, according to a court document. Police found more than 100 shotguns, rifles and pistols, as well as a bulletproof vest, when they raided Patrick's home near Salyersville in October 2009.

3:51pm

Wed July 6, 2011
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Bank's Run as State Depository Over

After more than 80 years, Farmers Bank’s run as the depository for Kentucky’s state government is officially over. J.P. Morgan Chase, with regional headquarters in Louisville, won the contract earlier this year to provide depository-banking services to state government between July 2011 and June 2013 at a cost of $1.3 million. Frankfort’s Farmers Bank held that contract since 1928 and was one of four other firms that unsuccessfully vied for the chance to handle billions in taxpayer dollars. Although they scored highly on technical requirements and in an oral presentation, Farmers asked for more than $900,000 above J.P. Morgan’s price.

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10:04am

Sun July 3, 2011
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Commission Votes Tuesday on Terror Suspects

The Bowling Green City Commission will vote Tuesday on a resolution opposing the potential prosecution of terrorism suspects Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi in federal court in Bowling Green and urging officials such as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to move the case.

2:01pm

Fri July 1, 2011
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Minors in Lawmaker's Attack Face Adult Court

It could be as long as six weeks before the two Whitley County High School students charged with assaulting teacher Dewayne Bunch know if they will be tried as adults. Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said at a hearing Tuesday, Judge Cathy Prewitt recused herself from the case involving Dewayne Cox and Trevor Canada.

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