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3:43 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

McConnell Aide: 'Holding My Nose' to Work Campaign

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has acknowledged the validity of a January recording on which he's heard saying he is "holding my nose" to work for the Kentuckian's re-election campaign.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton is a tea party insider who managed Sen. Rand Paul's Kentucky campaign in 2010.

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Business
7:01 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Number Of KY Coal Jobs Lowest Since 1927

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The state says Kentucky's coal jobs have dropped to the lowest level in the more than 85 years that the state has kept records of the number. The Energy and Environment Cabinet says eastern Kentucky mines cut 916 jobs from April through June, while western Kentucky mines added 65 jobs, an increase of 1.5%.

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Government
6:59 am
Thu August 8, 2013

KY Drivers Could Lose Licenses For Texting

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Motorists in Kentucky could lose their licenses for repeated offenses of the state's law against texting while driving. Gov. Steve Beshear announced a change yesterday under which the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will assess "penalty points" against the licenses of drivers convicted of texting behind the wheel. Each violation would mean the loss of three points.

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Education
6:58 am
Thu August 8, 2013

KY Officials Celebrate Adoption Of Higher Dropout Age

Kentucky state officials are celebrating in the Capitol with an event to recognize 120 Kentucky school districts that have voted to raise the dropout age to 18. Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear, Education Commissioner Terry Holliday and Lawrence County High School senior Harley Ratliff are holding a news conference today afternoon to mark the achievement. 

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Politics
6:56 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Bevin Criticizes McConnell for Mudslinging

Republican Matt Bevin is criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of slinging mud in his latest TV ad that began running yesterday. Bevin is challenging McConnell in next year's GOP primary. The two have been trading political punches on Kentucky television stations for weeks already.

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Culture
6:53 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Families Moved 50 Years Ago Gather For Homecoming

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People who once lived in the Trigg County portion of the Land Between The Lakes are getting together this weekend for their 42nd annual homecoming. The event will be Sunday at Fenton. Between the Rivers homecomings are also planned for Stewart County, Tenn. on Sept. 1st and Lyon County on Sept. 21st.

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Government
7:14 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Simon Launches Online Military Survey For IL Families

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon has launched a survey to get feedback from military families statewide. The survey asks questions about education, job training, quality of life and business climate. Simon's office says it will take less than 10 minutes to complete. In a statement, Simon says the idea is to learn how to make communities better places to live and work.

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Environment
7:12 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Groups To Protest Gas Pipeline At KY Capitol

Land owners and environmentalists are gathering in Frankfort to protest a proposed pipeline that would carry flammable liquids through several counties in northern Kentucky. A partnership of two energy companies announced a plan earlier this year to build the underground pipeline. The Bluegrass Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids from sources in the northeast to a connection in Breckinridge County.

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Society
7:10 am
Wed August 7, 2013

TN Gov. Haslam Announces Health And Wellness Initiative

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced a new statewide health and wellness initiative. Haslam visited the Church Health Center Memphis yesterday to launch the "Healthier Tennessee" program. Haslam said the initiative will encourage residents to be more physically active and eat nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables. The program also asks people to stop using tobacco, or never start. He noted Tennessee is one of the least healthy states, with high rates of high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes

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Government
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

Kentucky's Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

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