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8:31 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Details Of LRC Sexual Harassment Settlement Expected Thursday

Credit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/

  Details of the settlement between the Legislative Research Commission and staffers who say they were sexually harassed by state lawmakers will be released Thursday, according to the plaintiffs’ attorney in the case.

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Government
4:09 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Gov. Beshear Breaks Ground on New Lake Barkley Bridge

Pictured from left to right, Michael Pape, district director for Rep. Ed Whitfield, state Rep. Will Coursey, Gov. Steve Beshear, Trigg County judge-executive Hollis Alexander, Marshall County judge-executive Chryill Miller, Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock and state Rep. Kenny Imes ceremonially break ground on the new Lake Barkley bridge.
Credit John Null/WKMS

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, along with transportation cabinet officials and local leaders, ceremonially broke ground Wednesday on the new $128.3 million bridge at Lake Barkley - the second of the new four-lane bridges leading into Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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Government
3:09 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Beshear Issues Executive Order Reiterating Current Policy on Armed National Guard Members

Credit Kentucky National Guard

Gov. Steve Beshear says state law already allows Kentucky National Guard members to carry weapons while on duty.  

The issue is at the forefront following last week’s shooting deaths of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tenn.  

In an executive order issued Wednesday, Beshear re-iterated the state’s current policy.

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Government
1:23 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Poverty Remains Greatest Challenge for Kentucky Youth

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A new report shows poverty is the main obstacle facing Kentucky children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Report shows one in four Kentucky children live in poverty, which affects their health, education, and overall well-being.  

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Government
11:25 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Kentucky's Rainy Day Fund at Highest Level Since 2008

Credit Moritz Wickendorf, Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Steve Beshear will infuse the state’s rainy day fund with $82.5 million, raising the fund’s balance to $209.4 million, the highest it’s been since 2008.

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Government
2:50 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

PSC Approves Big Rivers Power Sale to 11,000 Nebraska Customers

Credit Big Rivers

Big Rivers Electric Corporation’s plans to sell wholesale power to Nebraska customers in hopes of cutting costs to current customers.  

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Government
2:08 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Kentucky National Guard Can Be Armed at Facilities

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

A state lawmaker is asking Governor Steve Beshear to issue an executive order allowing Kentucky National Guard members to be armed while on duty.  

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Government
1:24 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Illinois Lawmakers, Residents Decry Hardin Work Camp Closure

Credit AFSCME COUNCIL 31

A bipartisan panel of Illinois lawmakers heard hours of testimony Monday from both sides regarding Governor Rauner's desire to close the Hardin County Work Camp.

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Government
3:32 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Testifies in Federal Court

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who refuses to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal, testified in court today. 
Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples who were denied marriage licenses; they are represented by the ACLU of Kentucky. 

Davis said that she fasted and prayed about her decision to refuse marriage licenses, and that her right to do so on religious grounds is protected by the First Amendment. 

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Government
2:07 pm
Mon July 20, 2015

Emergency Officials Ask Public to Document Flooding Damage

Credit Flooding in Paducah, photo by James Elder

Paducah and McCracken County officials are asking for public input to aid in seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the July 7th flooding.

The city and county are hoping to determine the number of people who received flood damage in addition to several  public buildings.  The documents will be used to determine whether the damage constitutes for disaster relief.

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