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Environment
7:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KY State Park Celebrates National Trails Day

Columbus-Belmont State Park is holding a living history program tomorrow in honor of National Trails Day. The park is a 160-acre Civil War site. For $2, features will include guided history hikes, encampments with cooking lessons, weapon demonstrations and a "school of the soldier." The fee includes museum admission and a bottle of water.

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Politics
7:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KY Democrats Still Looking For McConnell Challenger

Kentucky Democrats, still working on finding a challenger to U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will meet next Thursday in Louisville at the annual Wendell Ford Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be the keynote speaker, but media attention likely will be on potential Democratic challengers to McConnell.

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Coal
5:18 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Judge Sides with Patriot Coal, Miners Plan Protests

The United Mine Workers of America plan to appeal a court ruling that will significantly cut health care and pension benefits to thousands of workers and retirees, including many in Kentucky.

On Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States approved Peabody Energy Corp. spin-off Patriot Coal’s request to impose wage and benefit cuts by throwing out its collective bargaining agreements with the UMW. Union spokesman Phil Smith says the battle is far from over, however.

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Business
7:40 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Henderson-Based Company Adding 160 Jobs

A Henderson company is expanding its operations there with a $22.8 million investment and 160 new jobs. Gov. Steve Beshear's office says Gibbs Die Casting was established in 1965 and is owned by Koch Enterprises. It operates eight factories for aluminum and magnesium casting, machining, assembly and die building with facilities in Hungary, Brazil and China.

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Business
7:39 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Wal-Mart Foundation Gives To KY Recovery Centers

The Wal-Mart Foundation is providing grants to two substance abuse treatment centers in Kentucky. Commonwealth First lady Jane Beshear announced Wednesday that $10,500 will go to the Cumberland Hope Community Center for Women in Evarts and $10,000 will go to the Trilogy Center for Women in Hopkinsville.

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Politics
7:37 am
Thu May 30, 2013

IL Black Caucus Unsure On Looming Gay Marriage Vote

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Black Illinois lawmakers undecided on gay marriage are feeling increasing pressure as a vote nears, but are keeping mum on their plans. Few members of the House Black Caucus have publicly backed the measure, which would make Illinois the 13th state to allow same-sex marriage. Caucus members are being lobbied extensively by both sides.

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Business
7:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Probe Of Well-Connected Truck Stop Chain May Widen

The federal investigation into the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam led to its first convictions this week and threatens to widen against employees at Pilot Flying J.  Court documents allege that sales teams were being trained on how to scam the company's customers out of rebates and get away with it. Pilot's regional sales director and regional accounts representative both pleaded guilty yesterday  to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu May 30, 2013

IL Senators Expected To Discuss Pension Plans

Illinois state senators are poised to take up proposals dealing with Illinois' unprecedented pension debt. Three smaller pension bills are awaiting floor consideration. They deal with retirement age, salary caps and cost-of-living increases. Senate President John Cullerton says his Democratic caucus will discuss the plans and a strategy today.

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Society
7:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

KSP Finds Body Of Missing Boy

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The Kentucky State Police have called off the search for a young boy who went missing last night near Lake Barkley yesterday. The Marshall County Rescue Squad’s dive team recovered 9-year-old Warren Patterson’s body late last night around the beach area of Kuttawa Harbor.  The Lyon County Coroner pronounced him dead on the scene.  Multiple agencies from several counties assisted the Kentucky State Police in the search.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Judge Rules Against Medicaid Provider

A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children.

The Courier-Journal reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued the ruling Tuesday.

The Medicaid-managed care provider stopped paying for such services last summer, saying it wasn't obligated to cover the care under its contract with the state.

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