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1:55 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Grimes and McConnell Criticize President Obama and EPA Over Carbon Emission Limits

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is attacking the Obama administration for an Environmental Protection Agency ruling that she said will cost coal mining jobs in Kentucky.

Grimes, who’s seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, said she was deeply disappointed by the EPA’s decision to impose stricter limits on carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. 

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Government
6:25 am
Fri September 20, 2013

TN DCS Out Of Compliance In Several Areas

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services has fallen out of compliance in several of the areas the federal court uses to measure its performance. DCS has been under federal supervision since 2001, when the court found serious problems with its treatment of foster care children. At a hearing yesterday, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell asked when that supervision might end.

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Government
6:23 am
Fri September 20, 2013

KY Transportation Cabinet Selling Surplus Equipment

Old trucks, tractors and other government surplus equipment will be up for auction next week in Frankfort. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet scheduled the sale to begin at 9 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday at the Division of Equipment complex on Wilkinson Boulevard. Interested buyers can examine the items the day before the sale.

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Business
6:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kentucky’s Jobless Rate Drops In August

The state unemployment rate declined slightly in August despite significant job losses in some key labor market sectors. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training reports that the rate fell to 8.4%, down from 8.5% in July. State economist Manoj Shanker said the trade, transportation and utilities sector shed 2,100 jobs in August. Another 1,800 jobs were lost in various sectors.

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Politics
6:50 am
Thu September 19, 2013

McConnell Gets Endorsement Of Anti-Abortion Group

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been endorsed by the anti-abortion group National Right to Life. The endorsement was announced yesterday in Louisville. Carol Tobias, head of the national group, said McConnell has been "among the most effective legislative champions" in the fight against abortion.

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Environment
6:48 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Federal Decision Keeps TN Fish Hatcheries Open

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander says a decision by the Department of the Interior means that Tennessee fish hatcheries will remain open. Alexander said in a release yesterday that the nearly 900,000 Tennesseans who buy fishing licenses depend on the hatcheries to replace trout destroyed by federal locks and dams. The state's fish hatcheries are located in Erwin and Dale Hollow.

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Culture
6:47 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Website Tracks Kentucky's Fall Season

Kentucky is offering a website that tracks the fall foliage season for people wanting to view the state's autumn colors. The ColorFall website includes reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks across the state. The website also lists special fall events and a link to a Facebook page where people can upload digital photos of their own fall travels.

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Politics
5:53 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Tea Party Group Still Pondering Bevin Endorsement

A national tea party group is seeking input from Kentucky conservatives on whether to endorse Louisville businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin is a political outsider challenging U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in next year's GOP primary. The head of the Senate Conservatives Fund, Matt Hoskins, said yesterday he would consider it a victory for Kentucky and the country if Bevin were to win the primary. Hoskins said Bevin won't win unless conservatives step up.

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Environment
5:51 am
Wed September 18, 2013

2nd Employee Leaving Fish And Wildlife

A second employee has left the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and the agency's budget manager has been placed on administrative leave. The departure of Darin Moore, the division director for administrative services, follows that of Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Jonathan Gassett, whose resignation is effective Friday.

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Culture
5:50 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Archaeology Events Scheduled In KY

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site is offering special exhibits about archaeology and the importance of preserving sites when it celebrates Friends of Wickliffe Mounds Appreciation Day this month. An open house is planned, and the event September 28 is held in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Free Day, when there is free admission to the site and museum. September is Kentucky Archaeology Month.

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