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Environment
7:14 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Multiple Deaths In Weekend Flooding

Five people have been killed in flooding caused by a strong storm system that swept through most of Kentucky over the weekend, authorities said Sunday.

In Ballard County, a body was discovered around 2 p.m. near a car that had been abandoned in a flooded ditch state Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers told The Associated Press.

Three people were pulled from Rolling Fork River in central Kentucky yesterday morning after their vehicle was swept away in flood waters.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Stivers Says Rising Property Values Could Decrease Need for Education Funding

Credit KY LRC

State Senate President Robert Stivers says rising Kentucky property values could ease the demand for school funding.

The Republican says he's open to increasing the state’s share of elementary and secondary education money. Education leaders are pressing lawmakers to restore funding to pre-recession levels. The Department of Education wants $336 million from the Commonwealth for the two-year budget cycle that begins in July.

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Government
6:57 am
Fri December 20, 2013

LBL To Close Turkey Bay Area For Storms

Forecasts of 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the region beginning today has prompted officials at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area to temporarily close Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area.

The area will be closed beginning this (Friday) morning, and staff will evaluate trail conditions as the weather improves.

To check trail conditions before heading to Land Between the Lakes, visit lbl.org and click on "Alerts & Notices".

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Government
6:52 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Edelen Pushes For Tougher Cybersecurity

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Kentucky's auditor has released a report outlining the threats of cybersecurity breaches to state and local governments.

In his report, Auditor Adam Edelen emphasizes the need for a breach notification law. He says Kentucky is one of four states that don't require government agencies to notify people if their sensitive data has been compromised.

State and local governments collect and store massive amounts of private and sensitive data.

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Business
6:50 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Gas Prices To Drop New Year’s Day

Kentucky's tax on the sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol fuels will drop by 1.5 cents per gallon on New Year's Day.

State officials say the reduction reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale fuel price.

The decrease would result in the loss of about $45 million to the Kentucky Road Fund on an annualized basis. Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said yesterday that any loss of revenue is concerning.

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Government
7:24 am
Thu December 19, 2013

KY Courts Creating Electronic Case Filing

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Kentucky's courts are taking a step toward making electronic case filing a reality statewide.

The first electronic filings were accepted this week in Franklin County Circuit Clerk Sally Jump's office in Frankfort, the project's test site.

Limited functions are being tested before the full eFiling program enters the pilot phase. Administrative Office of the Courts Director Laurie Dudgeon said eFiling should be in place in every Kentucky county by the end of 2015.

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Society
7:22 am
Thu December 19, 2013

KY State Police Say Food Drive A Success

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the agency collected more than 124,000 pounds of food during its recent food drive.

Brewer started the "Cram the Cruiser" food drive in 2010 to assist needy families across the state. Since then, the state's lead police agency has contributed more than 300,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches in Kentucky.

Brewer says the campaign has turned into a friendly competition. He says state police posts and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement regions compete to see which location can collect the most food.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu December 19, 2013

IL State Police Kick Off Holiday Driving Campaign

Illinois officials and local law enforcement agencies are planning roadside checks to kick off their holiday safe-driving campaign.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and hundreds of police and sheriff's departments announced their end-of-year effort on Wednesday.

The campaign will feature the familiar "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click it or Ticket" themes and include hundreds of roadside checks for drunken driving and safety-belt use through the first weekend of 2014.

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Government
7:19 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Quinn Wants Higher Minimum Wage

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to raise Illinois' minimum wage to at least $10 by Christmas of next year.

The Chicago Democrat who's seeking re-election campaigned on the issue in 2010 and mentioned it during his annual address this year. The minimum wage in Illinois is $8.25. Quinn said yesterday that raising the wage will help eliminate poverty.

Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. There's legislation pending in Springfield to increase it, including a call for $15 an hour.

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Environment
6:15 am
Wed December 18, 2013

LBL Announces New Bison Calf

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area says there's a new bison calf at the Elk and Bison Prairie.

The calf was spotted December 9, and LBL says it was probably born during or just before the icy weekend a few days earlier.

LBL says the calf's mother has been very protective of the newborn.

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