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6:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

KY State Police Working To Keep Fatalities Down

Kentucky State Police spokesman Trooper Paul Blanton says highway fatalities this year are the lowest since 1947.

By last week, the state had 628 traffic deaths, 15% less than last year.

Police are hoping people out during the New Year's holiday can help keep the number down. Blanton says police will be arresting anyone caught driving impaired.

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Government
6:33 am
Mon December 30, 2013

More Than 400 Have Filed For Election In KY

More than 400 candidates have filed to run for congressional, legislative and judicial seats across Kentucky in next year's elections.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's chief elections official, said that number is expected to grow larger still because the filing deadline isn't until Jan. 28.

The number doesn't include the multitude of candidates for city and county offices.

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Government
2:52 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Won't Appeal Ruling Halting Executions

Kentucky will not appeal a judge's ruling that keeps a ban on executions in place with state officials opting instead to fight out a lawsuit inmates brought challenging the way lethal injections are carried out.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s concerns about executions aren’t leading to a rewrite of the regulations.

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Government
9:11 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Get Covered Illinois Sees Spike in Calls, Visitors

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A crush of health insurance shoppers in Illinois have been calling a telephone help line set up to answer their questions, as an important deadline looms for the nation's health law.  More than 1,600 people called the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk over the weekend. That's more than double the call volume from the previous weekend. The state's health insurance website saw more than 26,000 visitors over the weekend, an increase of 4,000 from the weekend before. 

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Government
9:09 am
Tue December 24, 2013

TDEC Awards $2.3 Million in Recycling Grants

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has awarded about $2.3 million in recycling grants.  Commissioner Bob Martineau says the grants are meant to help reduce landfill waste in the state.  Most of the money comes in the form of "Recycling Hub and Spoke Grants," which are used to expand regional facilities to collect, transport and process materials from several counties and municipalities.

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Politics
9:07 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Deadline Nears for Switching Political Parties in KY

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Kentuckians who want to switch political parties and vote as Republicans or Democrats in next May's primary have until December 31st to do so.  Voters will be choosing Republican and Democratic nominees for a variety of local government positions, plus judicial seats, legislative posts, and, at the top of the ticket, a U.S. Senate seat. 

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Government
9:05 am
Tue December 24, 2013

KY Sees Insurance Rush Ahead of Monday Deadline

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Kentucky has seen a surge in sign-ups for Medicaid and medical insurance as Monday’s deadline approached for those who want coverage to begin next week.  Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange spokeswoman Gwenda Bond says about 100,000 people have signed up, most of them on Medicaid.  Bond says enrollment has gone from about 1,000 to 3,000 people a day in the past week. 

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Government
3:56 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Judge Fines Kentucky Cabinet $756K in Records Dispute

A state judge has fined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services more than $750,000 dollars because it "willfully circumvented" open-records law by not fully releasing records of child abuse fatalities and near deaths.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Monday that the cabinet made a "mockery" of the Open Records Act by maintaining that documents remain confidential. Shepherd ordered the cabinet to pay the plaintiff's attorney fees and costs to be decided.

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Education
7:19 am
Mon December 23, 2013

TN Gets Money For Higher Ed Assistance

Tennessee is one of three states receiving a million dollar grant to increase on-time college completion rates.

The Tennessee Board of Regents announced today that the three-year grant will come in cash and technical assistance from the Lumina Foundation for Education and in partnership with Complete College America.

Education officials say the grant supports the state's higher education reform efforts that help students finish a degree in two years from a community college and in four years from a university.

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Government
7:17 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Law Enforcement Gets OHS Grants

The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded nearly $60,000 in grants to 11 law enforcement agencies to purchase body armor.

The money is coming from the sale of confiscated weapons. Homeland Security Executive Director Gene Kiser said the goal is to supply law enforcement officers the tools they need to carry out their jobs.

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