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7:34 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Conway Joins Effort to Extend Tax Relief to Hurting Homeowners

Credit conwayforcongress.com

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway joined an effort to urge Congress to extend tax relief to homeowners who have had mortgage debt canceled or forgiven because of a decline in housing values. Since 2007 mortgage debt that is forgiven after a foreclosure or short sale can be excluded from a taxpayer’s taxable income. But that exclusion will expire at the end of this year.

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Government
4:13 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

What to do About Kentucky's Struggling Pension Systems? Task Force Makes Recommendations

Kentucky's state pension plans have problems, and a bipartisan legislative task force has approved sweeping recommendations to overhaul them -- including putting new employees in a hybrid plans akin to 401Ks.

The task force -- with an 11-1 vote -- is recommending that the General Assembly start fully funding their pension contributions starting with the next budget in 2014. Lawmaker's’ inability to do that is part of the pension plans problems.

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Roads & Highways
4:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Ledbetter Bridge Open to 2-Lane Traffic for Thanksgiving

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The Ledbetter Bridge is reopening to two-lane traffic for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet had reduced the bridge to one lane traffic last week for concrete deck repairs. That work is on hold over the holiday, though a three-ton load limit remains in effect.

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Government
7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Beshear's Administration Gave Away $31K in Olympic Tickets

Officials with Kentucky’s tourism department say they gave away Olympic tickets worth more than $31,000 after canceling plans to send a delegation. The state's 20 tickets were nonrefundable and couldn't easily be resold under Olympics rules. So tourism officials gave them to two British tour companies that sometimes do business in Kentucky.

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Government
7:46 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Haslam Blames Feds for Health Insurance Delay

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the lack of information from the White House is to blame for the delay in the state’s decision about running its own health insurance exchange under the new federal health care law. Haslam says President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to answer questions about health insurance raised by Republican governors.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Smokers Might Have to Pay More for Cigarettes

Credit wikipedia

Smokers might have to pay more in Kentucky for cigarettes if a proposal to raise the cigarette tax passes. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform suggests raising the tax from $.60 a pack to $1. Governor Steve Beshear appointed the tax panel earlier this year to simplify the tax code and generate enough revenue to meet the state’s needs.

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Capitol Bureau
2:38 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Who Runs Against McConnell in 2014? Not Judd or Grimes, Stumbo Says

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To date, the chatter over who'll challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014 has centered around actress/activist Ashley Judd.

And, if not Judd, then Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Kentucky secretary of state.

A top Kentucky Democrat is saying that McConnell's Democratic challenger will be neither of the women.

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Government
11:54 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Beshear Names New State Budget Director

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Come January, a new woman will be in charge of the Kentucky budget for the Governor’s Office. Since 2007, Mary Lassiter has been Governor Steve Beshear’s budget director. And in 2009, she took a promotion as Secretary of the Cabinet as well, serving both roles. But Beshear has now hired Jane Driskell, a longtime budget director for state and local government, as his new state budget director.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Tenn. DCS Works to Recruit Foster Parents

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is looking to expand its network of foster homes as need continues to increase. After a decade of steady decreases of children in state custody, Tennessee is beginning to see the number of abused and neglected children grow. The state’s largest provider is Youth Villages, which started a recruitment campaign after researching the demographics of what makes a good foster parent.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

TDOT Halts Lane Closures for Holidays

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials say all construction-related lane closures will stop Wednesday at noon and will resume next Monday at 6 a.m. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says more law enforcement will be on the roads. 

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