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4:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Whitfield Denies Accusations of Ethics Violations

Kentucky’s 1st District Congressman is defending himself against charges related to a House ethics investigation.

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Government
11:24 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Kentucky Retirement System's Secret Investments

About 340,000 state, city, & county workers and retirees are part of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.  The KRS is responsible for $15.7 billion of pension-holder money and is one of the more under-performing pension funds in the U.S.  

It has a $17.6 billion shortfall as of mid-2013.  It's also one of the least transparent.  State law exempts KRS investments from open records laws, so if you're one of the 340,000 who wants to know where your money's going, you're out of luck.  

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Government
10:40 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield Under House Ethics Investigation

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 12:03 pm

A House committee on Friday announced an inquiry into a possible ethics violation by U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

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Government
11:04 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Murray Downtown Fire: Gutted Buildings Likely to be Razed

This aerial map includes X's over buildings that have been razed or likely to be razed on Murray's Court Square. The question mark indicates buildings with uncertain futures. The Calloway County Courthouse sits in the center of the photo.
Credit Google Maps/Matt Markgraf

 

More downtown Murray buildings are likely to be demolished after this week’s massive downtown fire. City officials briefed community members this morning about the fire’s impact on the community.

Some businesses remain closed awaiting electrical and structural inspections before the city can re-energize offices with electricity and turn on natural gas supply lines. The fire’s cause is still unknown, and no one was injured.

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Government
8:20 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lawmakers Get Medicaid Update

State lawmakers got an update Thursday on Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in Frankfort from Lawrence Kissner, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department of Medicaid Services.

Kissner says his department is on track to fully implement the expansion, and enrollee health outcomes are improving under the new federal health care law.

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Government
2:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Despite Calls for Openness, Struggling Kentucky Retirement Systems Keeps Its Investments Secret

Tommy Elliot, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Executive Director Bill Thielen listen to a presentation during the meeting of Kentucky Retirement Systems on May 15, 2014.

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 8:24 pm

 Kentucky's underperforming retirement system for state employees keeps secret details of its so-called "alternative investments," and critics are calling for more transparency so the risks and potential pratfalls can be fully assessed.

In its latest story, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting looks at the secrecy behind where the Kentucky Retirement Systems makes its alternative investments—and the concerns it raises.

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Government
1:04 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Paducah City Commission Considering Contract For Riverfront Project That Can’t Exceed $90K

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The Paducah City Commission is considering a contract for a phase of the riverfront construction, but it cannot exceed $90,000. The contract with Bacon, Farmer and Workman Engineering includes assistance during the bidding process for the project.

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections

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With less than two weeks until the Tennessee primary election, at least one local election official reports general voter confusion over the state’s ballot system.

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Government
3:39 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kentucky I-69 Project One Step Closer to Completion

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State officials have issued another contract for ongoing work to convert a stretch of road to Interstate 69 in Webster County. 

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Government
4:17 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

$1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker

Kentucky Sen. Sara Beth Gregory
Credit lrc.ky.gov

A Kentucky state government committee approved $1.3 billion worth of contracts this month. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission points out  that the contracts have been approved at a time when the state is experiencing a $91 million revenue shortfall.

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