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4:36 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Payment in Lieu of Taxes for Federal Lands Makes it into Federal Spending Package

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Kentucky Counties will receive awaited payments in lieu of taxes from the federal government, thanks to the “Cromnibus” spending package Congress approved over the weekend.  

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Infrastructure
12:38 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

KYTC Crews Prepare Roads for Winter Weather This Week

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Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are pre-treating roads in anticipation of snow later this week.

The National Weather Service in Paducah calls for a 30 percent chance of wintery precipitation tomorrow and Thursday and a greater chance on Friday.

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Crime
12:22 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

KSP Investigating Two Arson Cases in Calloway County

Kentucky State Police and the State Fire Marshal's office are investigating two unrelated cases of arson near Hazel in Calloway County.  

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Government
4:03 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Tennessee Gov. Haslam Rolls Out Health Care Plan

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is rolling out his new program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseeans currently uninsured or who have limited options.

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Government
2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

PPS Evaluates CEO Candidates, Mum on Finalists

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Paducah Power Board Members evaluated 12 CEO applicants in a closed meeting today. The board has employed the national search firm, Dowdy Recruiting,  to find a new leader for the embattled power provider

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Government
12:50 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Murray Officials Seek Public Feedback on Future of Downtown Projects

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Murray city and economic officials seek public input on the future of Downtown.  

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Government
11:21 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Eggners Ferry Bridge - Closed Tuesday Night

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UPDATE, Monday (12/15/14) - The Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake will be closed tomorrow night from 9 PM to 5 AM Wednesday morning. 

The closure is to allow contractors to place concrete for Pier #8 as part of construction of the New Eggners Ferry Bridge. The contractor will place message boards along US 68 in Marshall and Trigg Counties and on KY 80 in Calloway County to alert the public to the overnight closure.   There will be a marked detour between Cadiz and Aurora via Interstate 24 and the Purchase Parkway. 

KYTC says expect a closure once a week for the next few months. 

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Government
4:12 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Deadline Approaching to Purchase Health Insurance on Kentucky's Exchange

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 2:39 pm

An important deadline is just days away for Kentuckians needing health insurance. 

Although the second enrollment period on Kentucky’s health care exchange runs until February 15, residents must sign up for coverage by Monday in order to be covered when the new year begins. 

"If you wait until February 15th the soonest your effective date can be is March 1st," explains Kynect Executive Director Carrie Banahan.  "If you're wanting coverage by January 1st, you really need to enroll by Monday, December 15th."

More than 18,000 Kentuckians have been filed applications for private insurance or Medicaid since open enrollment began a month ago.  The first month of last year’s enrollment period resulted in 32,000 applications. 

"Keep in mind that last year we enrolled more than 400,000 people," adds Banahan.  "There was a lot of pent up demand among people who didn't have insurance coverage, and now a lot of folks do."

Most of the uninsured have gained coverage through an expansion of Medicaid. 

According to one poll, Kentucky's uninsured rate fell from 20.4 percent in 2013 to 11.9 in 2014.

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Government
3:13 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Contract Awarded in Benton to Continue Bringing I-69 Corridor Up to Standards

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Governor Steve Beshear announced a contract to reconstruct a KY 348 interchange in Benton in another effort to bring Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway up to interstate highway standards for the I-69 project.

Jim Smith Contracting Company won the more than $8 million bid to change the cloverleaf interchange into a diamond one to accommodate for interstate speeds. The project is set for completion June 30, 2016.

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Government
3:24 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Ryan Champion Could Face the Death Penalty if Convicted

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A Trigg County man accused in the killing of his parents, sister and an acquaintance could face the death penalty if convicted.

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