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The omnibus spending bill approved by Congress earlier this month included $200 million for continued deactivation and cleanup at the site of the former Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler says local leaders are already working on securing funding for the next budget cycle.

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A week from tomorrow lawmakers will converge on the State Capitol for the start of the 2016 general assembly session.  It will likely be a time to get a feel for new leadership.

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Kentucky Democrats’ hold on the state House slipped further on Monday, when with another state representative switching to the ascendant Republican Party.

State Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence in Western Kentucky has switched from Democrat to Republican, House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover announced.

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management has extended the contract for the conversion of depleted uranium hexafluoride in Paducah.

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Area officials are beginning to assess the damage from last night's powerful storm

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews worked late into the night to clear debris and direct motorists away from roadways flooded by the heavy rainfall. 

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The massive omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last week is more than 2,000 pages long and lays out the next year of government spending.

And it also contains some unexpected Christmas presents for the hard-hit coalfields of Appalachia.

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Outgoing State Auditor Adam Edelen says his office’s examination of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees won’t be complete by the end of his term.

Edelen, a Democrat, lost to Republican Mike Harmon in the November election. Harmon said he’s adopted a “wait and see” approach as to whether he’ll continue the investigation.

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A state senator from Louisville wants to legalize marijuana in Kentucky, but a key committee chair says the bill likely won’t get an opportunity to advance in the upcoming General Assembly session.

The “Cannabis Freedom Act” creates a regulatory framework to grow, distribute and consume marijuana in the state.

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The new head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet, Charles Snavely, has been on the job for a little more than a week. It’s also been about that long since he served as an official on the state’s coal association governing board.

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The Paducah City Commission is moving forward with plans to establish its own E-911 service instead of partnering with the Kentucky State Police. The move comes as the city is in need of updating its equipment. 

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