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Government
7:12 am
Wed December 11, 2013

KY Tax Collections Up In November

Newly released numbers from the Kentucky budget office show tax collections were up in November.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell said Tuesday that General Fund revenue increased 2.4% for the month, generating revenue of nearly $803 million. Driskell called the latest revenue figures encouraging.

Individual income tax collections rose 6% for the month, a sign of fatter paychecks for Kentucky workers. Property tax revenue was up 8.1%.

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Society
7:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former KY Supreme Court Justice Dies

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Funeral services are being held today for former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Thomas B. Spain, who died Saturday at the age of 85.

Spain served on the state's high court from 1991 to 1995 after more than 17 years as circuit court judge in Hopkins and Caldwell counties.

The Messenger reported Spain died at the Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson near Madisonville.

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Government
7:46 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Haslam Confident In TN Economy

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The Tennessee State Funding Board will meet on Tuesday to hear economists' revenue estimates for the upcoming budget year.

Following their predictions, the governor selects a number within the range in constructing the budget. Last month, finance officials reported that the state's general fund revenues fell $97 million short of projections in the first quarter of the state's budget year.

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Government
7:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Kynect Enrollment Increasing After Thanksgiving

Enrollment through kynect, Kentucky's health benefits website, has grown by more than 11,000 in a 10-day period starting Thanksgiving week.

Gov. Steve Beshear's office says the technology team for the state's online health insurance marketplace was expecting an increase in traffic, applications and enrollments after Thanksgiving and increased capacity to prepare.

A news release from Beshear's office says the site enrolls about 1,000 Kentuckians a day.

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Government
4:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Inspector General Finds Misuse of Property by Ky. Agency

A federal review released Monday has found widespread misuse of government property and employees at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

The Office of Inspector General's findings from a months-long investigation concludes top leaders were involved in the misapplication of resources at the agency.

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Education
7:01 am
Mon December 9, 2013

KCTCS Hires Consultant For Pres. Search

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A consultant will be brought in to help with the search for a new leader of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Regents appointed a committee on Friday to select the consultant who will ferret out potential replacements for current President Michael B. McCall.

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Business
6:59 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Big Rivers Starts Workforce Reductions

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Big Rivers Corp. says it expects to trim its workforce by 165 positions when it idles two generating plants.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports that the western Kentucky utility sent layoff notices to employees last week.

The layoffs are part of the utility's continuing adjustment to the loss of two smelter-customers. Both plants canceled long-term contracts to get cheaper power on the open wholesale market.

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Politics
6:57 am
Mon December 9, 2013

McConnell Defends Farm Bill Vote

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has appeared before Kentucky's most influential farm group to explain his vote against the Senate's version of a new farm bill.

The five-term Republican told the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual meeting Saturday that the legislation to shape farm policy had basically become a food stamp bill.

McConnell voiced support for broader work requirements for many recipients.

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Politics
6:54 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Paul Speaks His Views In Detroit

U.S. Senator Rand Paul says the best way to confront poverty and unemployment in cities like Detroit is to lower taxes.

The Kentucky Republican tells Detroit business and community leaders that cutting corporate, payroll and income taxes would put more money "in the hands of those who earn it." He spoke Friday at the Detroit Economic Club.

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Business
7:03 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Big Rivers Rate Meeting Cancelled

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A meeting scheduled next Tuesday in Henderson to take comment and provide information on a western Kentucky utility's proposed rate increases has been canceled due to expected severe weather.

The state Public Service Commission said staff is trying to reschedule the session regarding Big Rivers Electric Corp.'s proposal. Comments can also be submitted to the PSC in writing.

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