Environment
3:36 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

EPA Finalizes First National Regulations for Coal Ash

Credit Erica Peterson

 

  The federal government has released the nation’s first-ever rules on how to handle, store and dispose of waste from coal-fired power plants. The final iteration of the regulations has largely disappointed environmental groups—who hoped for more stringent rules. Industry groups were more optimistic, but largely said they would have preferred the Environmental Protection Agency not finalize the rules at all and leave the matter up to Congress. The EPA was choosing between two options, and chose to regulate coal ash as akin to household garbage, rather than hazardous waste.

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Government
3:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Warren County Government Approves History-Making Right-to-Work Law

Chip White (left) and Alton Haycraft of the Carpenters Local 175 in Louisville were in the audience as Warren County Fiscal Court approved a local right-to-work measure.
Credit Lisa Autry

Against the advice of Kentucky’s attorney general, Warren County Fiscal Court has passed a local right-to-work law, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.

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Government
3:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Sales Tax is High Priority for Kentucky Legislature

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Kentucky House leaders are joining the mayors of the state's two largest cities in lobbying for a local sales tax option.

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Culture
2:50 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Travis Stone is the New Voice of the Kentucky Derby

Credit Churchill Downs

Travis Stone is the new Churchill Downs announcer and will be the voice of the Kentucky Derby next year, the track said today. 

Stone succeeds Larry Collmus, who left after a little under a year to call races at New York Races. 

He becomes the eighth announcer at the historic track. 

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Education
2:33 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

McCracken School Board Approves Reopening MCEA Contract Negotiations

The McCracken County School Board is looking to reestablish professional negotiations with the teachers of the McCracken County Education Association.

The board’s unanimous decision came at its regular meeting last night. 

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Environment
1:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

LBL Scenery Management Plan May See Revisions In Response to Public Concerns

Credit LBL Forest Service

Lyon County’s Judge Executive says Land Between the Lakes Officials may rewrite their controversial draft Scenery Management Plan. Wade White’s comments come following a meeting with LBL Area Supervisor Tina Tilley.

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Government
12:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky's General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

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FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.

For the fifth consecutive year, state Rep. Susan Westrom is sponsoring legislation that bans smoking in indoor public places throughout Kentucky.

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Society
12:11 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Kentuckians Don't Always Enroll in the Best Health Insurance Option

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 11:00 am

If you passively renewed your health insurance plan this enrollment period through Kynect, you may be one of thousands who are missing out on a cost-saving insurance plan.

Carrie Banahan, executive director of Kynect, said about 12,000 qualified Kentucky residents aren’t getting a cost-sharing reduction through the health insurance exchange’s “Silver” plan because they are enrolled in other plans.

“Folks might have just gone to the ‘Platinum’ plan  and said, ‘Yep, that’s the one I want,’ and didn’t look at their other options,” she said.

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Datebook
10:11 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Datebook: December 19 - Handel's Messiah, A Day With Trains, DIY Ornaments

The Paducah Chamber Music Society presents Handel's Messiah tomorrow night at 7 at Immanuel Baptist Church, located at 3465 Buckner Lane in Paducah. The performance is directed by Douglas Van Fleet. Admission is free. 

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Education
9:36 am
Fri December 19, 2014

New Federal College Ratings Will Consider Aid, Total Cost, Employment

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 4:12 pm

Today the Education Department released long-awaited details on a plan to hold colleges accountable for their performance on several key indicators, and officials said they'll be seeking public comment on the proposals through February.

"As a nation, we have to make college more accessible and affordable and ensure that all students graduate with a quality education of real value," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement.

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