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6:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House

Credit Abbey Oldham/WKU Public Radio

Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.

The incoming U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, was in Bowling Green to raise money for the Republican Party of Kentucky House Trust. McCarthy visited the commonwealth at the request of the state’s 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.

Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.

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Politics
12:20 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Smoke-Free Coalition To Make Another Legislative Push in 2015

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After another legislative session in which a statewide smoke-free bill stalled in Frankfort, the Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition is beginning an optimistic 2015 push.

A previous effort sponsored by Lexington Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom died in the House amid speculation that tobacco lobbying and election year concerns contributed to its demise.

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Government
4:29 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall

Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 3:57 pm

Gov. Steve Beshear issued a pair of executive orders this week reducing state spending levels to plug a $90.9-million hole in Kentucky's budget.

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Government
12:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

kynect Premium Numbers Are In and They're Close to Federal Counterparts

Credit kynect.ky.gov

Kentucky’s health benefits marketplace customers’ average premiums are slightly higher than the national average.

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Government
12:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Those Seeking Pastoral Counseling in Kentucky Can Now Bill Insurance Companies for Services

Third Baptist Church of Owensboro is where Joe Bob Pierce provides faith-based mental health counseling for clients.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 11:18 am

A new law that went into effect this week in Kentucky is changing the way the state views faith-based mental health counselors. Kentucky is now licensing such counselors, which means their services will be covered by insurance policies.

One of the faith-based counselors impacted by the new law is Joe Bob Pierce, who works with Cornerstone Counseling in Owensboro. He says the change in state law could encourage potential clients who might have been put off by having to foot the entire bill.

“Clients that otherwise might have to pay out-of-pocket to see a pastoral counselor now will be provided a bit of subsidy, or help, or in some cases their entire fee for counseling will be handled by the insurance company.”

Pierce’s counseling service is located inside Third Baptist Church in Owensboro. He says while many of his clients are deeply rooted in traditional Baptist beliefs, he has also counseled individuals who don’t claim any religious affiliation.

He says his clients are interested in receiving help from someone who will take into account the spiritual aspects of their lives,

“It may not necessarily be a dimension that is religious in terms of being attached to a particular faith. But I think it’s very much a part of our make-up as people.”

To be licensed by the state, pastoral counselors must have a master’s degree in the field and meet the same qualifications as other licensed counselors.

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Government
4:12 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library Bids Way Above Budget

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Bids for the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library’s new location have come in too high and the library board meets tomorrow to discuss further options.

Library director Joel Meador says the county appropriated $500,000 for the project but with fees related to the building and a prevailing wage judgment less than $400,000 is available. The bids the library board received last week were nearly double the available budget, ranging from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.

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Government
9:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Kentucky Retirement System Seeks Dismissal of Small Town's Lawsuit Over Alleged Risky Investments

Credit Kentucky Retirement Systems

 

The troubled Kentucky Retirement Systems says a lawsuit brought against it by a small Northern Kentucky town should be dismissed.

In June, the city of Ft. Wright -- population 5,700 -- filed a civil suit against KRS over risky investments into Wall Street hedge funds with public money, seeking $50 million to cover the losses and to divorce its city and county employees from the state system.

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Government
3:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Bevy of New Kentucky Laws Go Into Effect Today

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A bevy of new state laws passed this year by the Kentucky General Assembly are going into effect today.

The legislation ranges from dealing with invasive plant species to tougher ethics laws governing the relationship between lawmakers and lobbyists.

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Government
1:14 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot

An image from the Six Californias website shows the proposed borders of its plan to slice the state into areas that the plan's backers say would be more manageable.
Six Californias

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 12:01 pm

Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.

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Government
4:41 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Kentucky Residents May Soon Need More Than a Driver's License to Get Into Some Federal Buildings

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 8:33 pm

Kentucky residents may have trouble getting into federal buildings with just their driver's license come July 21.

The Real ID Act of 2005, signed by President Bush as a means of deterring terrorism, lays out a strict set for states to issue identification, such as driver's licenses.

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