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Government
7:05 am
Thu January 9, 2014

KY Food Drive To Help Domestic Violence Victims

Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear is asking citizens to participate in the annual Shop & Share day, which collects food for domestic violence shelters.

The one-day drive will be held at Kroger, Food City and Super Dollar Discount Food stores in Kentucky on the Saturday of Super Bowl weekend, February 1.

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Government
7:14 am
Wed January 8, 2014

TN Raising Library Awareness

Tennessee is joining a national campaign to raise awareness about funding needs at public libraries.

The "Geek the Library" campaign encourages people to talk about subjects they are passionate about, ranging from engineering to superheroes.

It stresses that public libraries have books and other materials that cover a wide range of interests.

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Government
7:12 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Beshear Promotes Public Safety Initiatives

Credit Paul Martin Lester

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is floating the idea of "no-phone zones" where motorists wouldn't be allowed to talk on phones while driving.

The Kentucky governor told state lawmakers last night that the idea deserves consideration, given the vulnerability of schoolchildren and construction workers.

The idea was among several public safety ideas promoted during his annual State of the Commonwealth address.

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Business
7:03 am
Wed January 8, 2014

State Receives 2nd Phase Of Small Business Funding

Kentucky is to receive additional funding to help small businesses that fall short of credit standards.

Governor Steve Beshear's office announced yesterday the state has an additional $5.1 million dollars in a second disbursement from the U.S. Treasury Department's State Small Business Credit Initiative.

The state was awarded a total of $15 point 4 million in July 2011 and is receiving the funding in three disbursements.

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Government
7:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Ft. Campbell Unit To Case Colors Before Deployment

A Fort Campbell-based battalion is set to case its colors before deploying to Afghanistan later this year.

The 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment will conduct the ceremony January 10.

The unit colors are a flag that represents the unit on the battlefield, and casing it symbolizes the unit is prepared for movement.

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Environment
11:29 am
Tue January 7, 2014

TVA Says Peak Power Was Second Highest for Winter

Credit tva.com

Tennessee Valley Authority preliminary figures show power demand at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning reached the second highest winter peak in TVA history.

The utility reports preliminary power demand reached 32,460 megawatts as temperatures averaged 4 degrees across the region. That's 112 fewer megawatts than the record winter demand set in January 2009.

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Government
7:23 am
Tue January 7, 2014

McConnell Helps Restore Tobacco Buyouts

United States Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced yesterday that the United States Department of Agriculture informed him that tobacco quota holders will receive the full amount of their final tobacco payment by the end of 2015.

Senator McConnell was the primary author of the historic 2004 tobacco buyout.  The buyout was created to provide tobacco quota holders with a final opportunity to receive annual transition payments through 2014 in exchange for the termination of all federal restrictions, marketing cards and price support loans for tobacco.

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Government
7:18 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Big Pharma Payout brings Treatment Opportunities

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says the state's substance abuse treatment programs will get a $32 million infusion of funding from settlements with two pharmaceutical companies.

Conway said yesterday that almost $19 million will be used to start a grant program for treatment programs for juveniles.

It will expand treatment beds at existing facilities and create new treatment programs. Another $500,000 will complete construction of a Recovery Kentucky Center in Boyd County to provide treatment in northeastern Kentucky.

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Politics
7:15 am
Tue January 7, 2014

McConnell To Officially File Today

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is officially filing his paperwork for re-election, and Kentucky's two other statewide-elected Republicans are lending their names to the effort.

McConnell's campaign says Senator Rand Paul and state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will sign McConnell's papers today.

McConnell's campaign says it's releasing a new video that includes comments by Paul and Comer.

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Business
2:40 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Verso Paper Buys NewPage, Paper Mill Closings Unlikely

Coated papers maker Verso Paper is buying NewPage Holdings in a deal valued at $1.4-billion including debt.  Privately held NewPage has 11 manufacturing plants in six states, including one in Wickliffe, KY. 

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