Government
4:55 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Ark Project Is Using Kentucky's Religious Freedom Law to Sue the State

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A religious freedom law, similar to the one that has recently drawn national attention in Indiana, has been on the books in Kentucky for two years and is currently being used as an argument to sue the state.

The proprietors of the Ark Encounter project in Northern Kentucky are suing state Tourism Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart and Gov. Steve Beshear for excluding the 500-foot-long Noah’s Ark replica from a tourism tax break.

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Government
4:51 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hopkins County Library Requests Operational Funding As Construction Continues On Its New Location

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The Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library asked the city for the same amount of operating funds as it prepares to move to its new location on East Center Street later this year.

Library Director Joel Meador said the $180,000 allows them to continue programming like their health initiative.

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Government
4:48 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Kentucky’s Beer Battlers Topped Lobbying Expenses Early-On During Legislative Session

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The opposing sides of the 2015 beer battle topped the list of lobbying spending during the first two months of the Kentucky General Assembly, according recently released numbers from the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

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Government
4:43 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Conway Not Attending Obama Address

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Presumptive Democratic Governor Candidate Jack Conway will not be in attendance when President Barack Obama visits Louisville Thursday.

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Partnership Between Owensboro and State to Jumpstart New Bluegrass Music Center

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The city of Owensboro is receiving $5 million for the construction of the new International Bluegrass Music Center project along the town’s riverfront.

The money comes from a partnership between the city and state announced Wednesday by Governor Steve Beshear and city leaders.

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Government
3:15 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Paducah City Commission OKs 2-Year Contract with BBQ Fest, New Incentive Policy

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The Paducah City Commission has approved a two-year contract with Barbecue on the River, Inc. - the first formal agreement between the city and organizers of the event, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

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Environment
2:34 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Bat Species Put on ‘Threatened’ List Due to White Nose Syndrome

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Citing drastic population loss, the federal government has listed the northern long-eared bat as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. This is the first bat species to be protected under the act solely because of the toll the disease white nose syndrome has taken on its population.

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Education
12:44 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Christian County Schools Over Lacy Elementary Closing

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A Christian County judge has dismissed the lawsuit against the county’s school board over a decision to close three district schools.  

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Culture
12:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

"A Prairie Home Companion" Host Garrison Keillor Discusses Carson Center Performance

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Over 17 million listeners on more than 900 public radio stations, including this one, hear “A Prairie Home Companion” each Saturday evening.

The show’s creator and host, Garrison Keillor, speaks with Kate Lochte about his solo performance at Paducah’s Carson Center Thursday night at 7:30.

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Government
11:58 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Kentucky Education Commissioner Announces Retirement

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After more than five years at the helm of the Kentucky Department of Education, Commissioner Terry Holliday has announced plans to retire. 

At the state Board of Education meeting in Frankfort Wednesday, board chairman Roger Marcum, read a letter from Holliday.

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