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3:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Warren County Government Approves History-Making Right-to-Work Law

Chip White (left) and Alton Haycraft of the Carpenters Local 175 in Louisville were in the audience as Warren County Fiscal Court approved a local right-to-work measure.
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Against the advice of Kentucky’s attorney general, Warren County Fiscal Court has passed a local right-to-work law, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.

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Government
3:20 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Sales Tax is High Priority for Kentucky Legislature

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Kentucky House leaders are joining the mayors of the state's two largest cities in lobbying for a local sales tax option.

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Government
12:17 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Is 2015 the Year Kentucky's General Assembly Passes a Statewide Smoking Ban?

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FRANKFORT — Could 2015 be the year a statewide smoking ban finally passes? With both House and Senate committee chairs ready to sign onto the ban, and a growing popularity among Kentuckians, the prospects are looking better than ever.

For the fifth consecutive year, state Rep. Susan Westrom is sponsoring legislation that bans smoking in indoor public places throughout Kentucky.

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Government
4:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Murray Community Members Discuss How to Rebuild Downtown at Town Hall Meeting

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Murray leaders and residents are forming a vision for downtown after a series of disasters destroyed several buildings this year.

Murray Main Street Director Deana Wright held one of three town hall meetings this morning to get the community’s input on what they want to see downtown after a fire and building collapses.

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Government
3:22 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Paducah Officials Mull Possible Curb-Side Recycling Service Next Year

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Paducah city officials are considering introducing a curbside recycling service next year. 

The City Commission met Tuesday to discuss the city's contract with solid waste disposal company Republic Services which expires in June, 2015. 

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Economy
3:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Kentucky November Jobless Rate Lowest in Six Years

Kentucky's unemployment rate for November came in at its lowest rate in six years.  

A state government economist says recovery from the 'great recession' is complete.

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Government
12:58 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Tenn. Governor Names Randy Boyd New Economic Development Commissioner

Randy Boyd
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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has named his former higher education advisor Randy Boyd the new commissioner of economic development. 

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Government
4:05 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Simpson County on the Verge of Passing Local Right-to-Work Law

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 3:21 pm

Simpson County has become the third Kentucky county to give preliminary approval to a right-to-work law. 

The Simpson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday on a local ordinance that allows workers to decide whether to join a union and pay dues without fear of losing their job.  Simpson County borders Tennessee which has a right-to-work law.  For Judge-Executive Jim Henderson, it’s an economic development issue.

"It is perceived by many new and expanding businesses throughout the country that Kentucky is not as business-friendly because we don't have right to work," Henderson told WKU Public Radio.  "Whether it's real or perceived doesn't really matter because when those companies are looking at locating a plant somewhere in the country, many of them simply won't look at Kentucky."

Eldon Renaud, president of the United Auto Workers Union in Bowling Green, spoke out against the ordinance at the fiscal court meeting, arguing right-to-work laws drive down wages and benefits for employees.

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Government
11:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Unveils 'New Approach' On Cuba As Former Foes Chart New Course

President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will work with Cuba to normalize diplomatic ties.
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Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 1:41 pm

Updated at 2:39 p.m. ET

President Obama announced today the most significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba in more than 50 years, paving the way for the normalization of relations and the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana.

Obama said "we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries."

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Government
6:52 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fitch to Lower PPS Credit Rating to Triple B

Paducah Power Systems interim general manager Mark Crisson addresses the Paducah City Commission.
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Paducah Power Systems interim general manager Mark Crisson told the Paducah city commission Tuesday night the credit rating company Fitch plans to announce a downgrade of PPS to triple B.

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