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Kentucky’s state auditor has released a report detailing problems with last year’s rollout of Benefind, the new online portal for state benefits like health care, food stamps and cash assistance.

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A state agency says the number of substantiated findings of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky rose 55 percent over a four-year period.

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More than 74,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov as of January 14. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the numbers Wednesday. 

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has released a report alleging “endemic” coercion of state employees to make campaign contributions under former Gov. Steve Beshear.

The investigation is based on interviews with 16 political appointees — who remained anonymous — claiming that officials pressured them into make contributions to Democratic political candidates, primarily to the campaigns of gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway and Attorney General Andy Beshear.

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A former state employee is refusing to comply with Republican Governor Matt Bevin's investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by his Democratic predecessor. 

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Former Personnel Cabinet secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for federal bribery charges. He will also have to pay $203,500 in restitution.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear still hasn’t returned contributions to his campaign account that came from Tim Longmeyer, a state Democratic Party insider who admitted to bribery charges earlier this year.

A former high-ranking Kentucky official is due in court for sentencing on his bribery conviction.

Tim Longmeyer pleaded guilty in April to using his influence as head of Kentucky's Personnel Cabinet to steer contracts to a public relations firm in 2014 and 2015. Longmeyer admitted to receiving more than $200,000 in kickbacks.

Longmeyer's sentencing is set for Thursday afternoon in federal court in Lexington.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has paid $625,000 dollars to a highway contractor over a delay in a Jessamine County road project and agreed to pay the contractor another $850,000 if work doesn't start by May 1. 

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Republican Governor Matt Bevin has approved a contract of up to $500,000 to an Indiana law firm to investigate his Democratic predecessor's administration. 

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