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7:13 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Local Airlines Feeling Weather Woes

As a blast of winter weather moves across Kentucky, airlines are delaying or cancelling flights to and from the area because of difficulties with ice and snow around the country.

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Education
7:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kentucky Receives Award For Child Nutrition

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The Kentucky Department of Education's Division of School and Community Nutrition has been chosen for an award for outstanding service in child nutrition.

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Government
2:48 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Want 27 Months in Prison For Farmer

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Federal prosecutors want former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Rich Farmer to serve 27-months in prison and pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.

In a sentencing memo filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Taylor says failing to punish Farmer's conduct will lead to it becoming "part of the culture of government." Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the Agriculture Department. 

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Government
6:40 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Haslam Warns Of 2014 Spending Cuts

Another state spending plan, another set of dire predictions of budget cuts. In each year of Governor Bill Haslam's term in office, the Republican has warned that budget cuts are necessary to cope with projected shortfalls.

And yet, each year the state's spending has increased. The low-end projection for the state's share of the upcoming spending plan is $12.22 billion.

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Government
6:32 am
Fri January 3, 2014

KY DoW Offers Advice For Freezing Water

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The Kentucky Division of Water wants residents to get through the freezing weather forecast for the next several days without having their pipes burst and has some advice.

Water inside pipes expands when it freezes and can cause pipes to rupture, allowing water to escape and cause serious damage.

The Division of Water says pipes in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls are vulnerable, especially if openings let in outside air.

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Government
6:31 am
Fri January 3, 2014

IL Sees Growth In 2013 Economy

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An index that measures the growth of Illinois' economy finished 2013 at one of its highest points since 2007. The University of Illinois said yesterday its Flash Index hit 107 in December.

That was up from 106.5 in November and tied September for the highest reading of 2013. The last time the index was higher was in April 2007.

A reading higher than 100 indicates the state's economy is growing. Economist Fred Giertz of the university's Institute of Government and Public Affairs said the economy finished the year strong.

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Education
12:59 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Ky. Council on Postsecondary Education President Robert King up for University of Wisconsin Job

University of Wisconsin System officials have released the names of the finalists vying to become the next system president.

The candidates include Raymond Cross, chancellor of the UW Colleges and Extension; Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

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Government
6:43 am
Thu January 2, 2014

TN Prevailing Wage Law Rescinded As Of Jan. 1

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As of January 1, most government building projects in Tennessee no longer have to pay the prevailing wage.

WPLN reports Tennessee's prevailing wage law was in place for nearly four decades before the General Assembly voted to repeal it last year.

The idea behind the law was to make sure every electrician or plumber hired on a government-funded project got paid the going rate.

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Government
6:42 am
Thu January 2, 2014

College Offers Continuing Education For Judges

Circuit Court judges from around the state gathered in Frankfort recently for an educational session.

The 2013 Circuit Judges Fall College offered updates on case law and legislation. Judges also attended sessions on court technology, bail, e-discovery and court interpreting during the November meeting.

Jefferson Family Court Judge Stephen George was elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association at the college.

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Culture
6:41 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Performing Artists Sought For Online Directory

Credit Kentucky Arts Council

The Kentucky Arts Council is looking for performing artists to be included in an online directory.

According to the council, presenters use the directory to identify artists for performance bookings and other projects.

Arts council Executive Director Lori Meadows says those included in the directory also will receive opportunities for business training and marketing assistance to help with their professional careers.

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