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Government
1:31 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Former Tennessee Town Clerk Took At Least $2,000 for Personal Use

Obion County Courthouse
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A West Tennessee town official has been indicted on charges of misappropriating public funds for personal use.

An audit released today by the state Comptroller shows that former Kenton, TN clerk Kelly Ann Greer misappropriated at least $2,000 of utility payments made in cash. 

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Government
3:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Rand Paul Backs State Bill to Restore Felon Voter Rights

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul has given a boost to a state bill that would restore the voting rights of some felons.

Paul spoke before the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee in support of the measure, which then cleared the committee. Paul says the majority of felons affected by the bill are nonviolent drug-users who are victims of the War on Drugs, and he appealed to lawmakers’ compassion.

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Transportation
3:04 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

"Superload" Moves Through Western Ky.

Credit Keith Todd, KYTC

This morning several agencies worked to assist an oversized load heading through western Kentucky as it maneuvered around a work zone near Calvert City.

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Energy
2:50 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Rep. Yonts Meets With TVA Officials, Will Continue Inquiry Into Board Transparency

Credit LRC Public Information

 A Kentucky state legislator says he’s continuing his inquiry into Tennessee Valley Authority board meeting procedures a month after requesting documents from the company.

State Representative Brent Yonts (D-Greenville) attended a TVA board meeting in November where members voted to shutter some generating units at the Paradise Steam Plant in Muhlenberg County.  

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Government
10:42 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Paducah City Commission Set to Approve Union Contracts with Police and Fire Departments

Credit Lance Dennee

With four months left until contracts with the police and fire unions is set to expire, the Paducah City Commission is expecting to pass agreements with the Paducah Police Bargaining Unit and Paducah Fire Fighters Local 186.

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Government
8:11 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Juvenile Justice Budget Strained by Pension Obligation

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The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is feeling the strain of the state’s pension woes.

Commissioner Hasan Davis briefed the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Justice and the Judiciary Tuesday.

Davis says under Governor Beshear’s proposed budget, the department will have to start contributing money, known as “ARC,” toward the state’s underfunded pensions.

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Government
2:09 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Futurist Explains Concern Over Kentucky Legislative Issues

Ivan Potter at WKMS

Planner and futurist Ivan Potter worries about the impact on Western Kentucky of certain 2014 KY General Assembly bills, including those involving eminent domain, the public service commission, the budget and nuclear waste. He discusses the Kentucky political outlook with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good.

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Government
12:14 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Ky. Legislators May Look to Affordable Care Act for Budget Savings

Despite unanswered questions about the impact of federal health care reforms, Kentucky's lawmakers are taking steps to pass a state budget.  House members have begun the process of evaluating and modifying the spending plan proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

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Government
2:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Chief Justice: Court Worker Pay 'Woefully Inadequate'

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One-fourth of the judicial workforce in Kentucky falls under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton calls the broken salary structure the most pressing issue in the state’s judicial system. 

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Government
2:47 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

KYTC Aims To Gather Public Feedback On Kentucky Rail Plan Update

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is set to gather public input to update the Commonwealth's rail plan. The plan outlines freight and rail passenger trends and long-term rail transportation goals. 

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