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Governor Matt Bevin has consolidated eight boards into one committee overseeing regulations for the state's construction sector.

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A former lawyer in state Attorney General Andy Beshear's office has filed a lawsuit contending she was subjected to sex discrimination and recrimination under the state whistleblower law.

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Kentucky's troubled pension systems have continued their downward slide in 2016, with plans covering teachers and state employees losing more than $1.8 billion in value while obligations are increasing.

A western Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to murdering his 18-year-old cousin. 22-year-old Shaquille Edwards struck the plea agreement on murder and attempted murder charges two days before he was scheduled to trial to avoid the possibility of the death penalty if he had been convicted.

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The Defense Department has announced that Maj. Gen. Andrew P. Poppas will take over as commanding general at Fort Campbell.

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Voters in Hartford will be the next Ohio County community to decide whether to allow alcohol sales. The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the city's wet-dry election will be held Jan. 24. Voters must live in the city limits of Hartford.

Kentucky Division of Forestry

Authorities say firefighters have made progress against many of the large wildfires burning in Southeastern Kentucky, but several blazes continue to creep into new areas — and they say more fires have been started by suspected arsonists.

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The driver of an elementary school bus that crashed in Chattanooga, killing at least five children, has been arrested and faces charges including vehicular homicide. Calling the Monday afternoon crash "every public safety professional's worst nightmare," Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told an overnight news conference that 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide. Walker was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment....

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Education Secretary John King is urging governors and school leaders in states that allow student paddling to end a practice he says would be considered "criminal assault or battery" against an adult. King released a letter Tuesday asking leaders to replace corporal punishment with less punitive, more supportive practices he says work better against bad behavior. Education Department civil rights data shows more than 110,000 students were paddled in the 2013-14 school year. The data shows...

Kentucky Coal Association

Kentucky's coal industry advocacy group has named a new president. J. Tyler White has been named president of The Kentucky Coal Association beginning next month. White, a Kentucky native, is a district director for Republican Congressman Andy Barr. White also led Barr's recent re-election campaign. White says he's honored to have the opportunity to advocate for the industry and workers whose lives have been impacted by what he says is over-regulation and failed policy. White says with the...

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