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2:37 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

State's New Automated Collection System On Line

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Officials with the Kentucky Department of Revenue hope a new automated collection system will help the state efficiently collect delinquent taxes. The new $20 million system went on-line this fall. 

 

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8:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Judge Denies Patterson Request to KET Debate

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Federal Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has denied a motion by Libertarian U.S. Senate Libertarian candidate David Patterson which would have required Kentucky Educational Television to include him on a televised debate with U.S. Senate candidates Monday night.

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Government
10:25 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Some 101st Airborne Troops Fear Ebola More Than Enemy Fighters

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One of the military’s most heavily deployed Army divisions since 9/11 is prepping for a mission where flack jackets will do very little and rubber gloves save lives. The 101st Airborne leaves for Liberia over the next few weeks. And soldiers say in some ways, Ebola is a more intimidating enemy than insurgents.

“I mean, it’s nice that we’re not worried about getting shot at. But the threat is everywhere now,” says Spec. Cody Adams, an MP who got back from Afghanistan a year ago.

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Government
11:56 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New Program Assists Kentuckians Hard of Hearing

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A new program may increase access to hearing aids for Kentuckians with hearing impairments. The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service, or KATS, Network is accepting hearing aids of any age or condition through its Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program known as SHARP.

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Government
4:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Two Stories of Failed Kentucky Fairness Ordinances, But One Town Works to Update Its Own

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A failed vote on a fairness ordinance in Berea this week isn’t the first time such an ordinance has failed.

Murray Human Rights Commission Chair Jody Cofer Randall said despite a Henderson ordinance’s passage in 1999 the City Commission rescinded it within 18 months after community outcry.

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Government
2:47 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Hopkins County Jail to Replace Potentially Dangerous Equipment

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The Hopkins County Jail will receive half a million dollars in credit for the replacement of outdated and potentially dangerous heating and air units.

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Government
10:11 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Madisonville Considering Non-Partisan Local Elections Like Most Other Kentucky Cities

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The Madisonville City Council is considering making its mayor and city council elections non-partisan, which would eliminate those primaries.

City Councilman Mark Lee has led the move. He said most other cities—404 out of 418 in Kentucky—elect their city officials in non-partisan elections.

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Government
8:15 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Berea City Council Votes Against Fairness Ordinance

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After three years of debating the issue, the Berea City Council has voted down a proposed fairness ordinance.   The measure failed Tuesday night by a vote of 3 to 5.

The measure sought to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. 

The meeting room and an overflow area in a garage next door were both crowded with people with opposing viewpoints.  Berea native Betty Rowlett was pleased with the vote. 

"Well, I just don't think we need it in Berea.  I think everybody is treated equally in my opinion.  I've lived here all my life and I've never known anything to happen," said Rowlett.

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Government
7:50 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Paducah Tax Rate Remains the Same

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During a public hearing Wednesday night, the Paducah City Commission introduced the annual property tax. Commission financial director Jonathan Perkins says a twenty-five and one-half cents property tax is recommended to the City.

“Staff recommends you set the city’s tax levy at the twenty-five and half cents, the same as last year, which makes it four and half cents than in two thousand and one,” Perkins said.

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Government
11:04 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Hopkinsville Calls on Local Artists to Design New Public Transit Logo

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The City of Hopkinsville is asking citizens to submit ideas to help name the city’s new public transportation system and develop its logo.

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