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10:16 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Bipartisan Bills Seek to Abolish KY Death Penalty

Two Kentucky lawmakers have introduced bills that would eliminate the death penalty and replace it with life without parole.

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7:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

House Bill Would Raise Fees to Pay for 911

A measure being filed in the Kentucky House would increase the monthly statewide wireless fee by 30 cents.  Proponents say the increase is needed to offset the loss of revenue as a result of declining land-line phone service.  

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Government
3:59 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Advocates Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage Decision, But Some Expect an Appeal

Same-sex marriage advocates are celebrating today’s decision requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states, but some don’t think it went far enough.

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Government
11:51 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Federal Judge Rules

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:20 am

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and the ruling may prelude further strikes against the state's 2004 same-sex marriage ban.

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Government
8:04 am
Wed February 12, 2014

KSP's Brewer Highlights Budget Woes

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky's top state trooper says his agency is suffering from a shortage in staff.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told a state House committee that years of flatlining budgets and a proposed 2.5 percent cut under Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest spending plan have put a squeeze on the agency.

Brewer says expenses in employee retirement, healthcare costs and fleet maintenance have led to layoffs.

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Government
4:33 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Beshear's Tax Reform Proposal in House Budget Committee Today, A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson
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Lt. Gov Jerry Abramson presented a draft of Governor Steve Beshear's proposed tax code changes to the House budget committee today, which was first announced by Beshear last week. The changes, if fully implemented, could raise an estimated $210 million annually by expanding the 6% sales tax to select services, an increased tax on cigarettes from 60 cents to $1 dollar per pack, and reducing tax breaks on pensions for people earning more than $80,000. On Sounds Good, Kate speaks with policy analyst and member of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Committee on tax reform, Jason Bailey about the events of the day.

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Government
12:32 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

KYTC Awards Contract For Eggner's Ferry Bridge Replacement

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded the construction contract to replace the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge to Texas-based Johnson Brothers Corporation. 

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Government
8:47 am
Tue February 11, 2014

ITEP: Beshear's Tax Plan Fails to Address Inequality

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear’s tax reform plan fails to address issues of fairness in the state’s tax code, says a non-partisan economic think tank.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy doesn’t think the plan’s Earned Income Tax Credit will be enough to offset the new sales taxes for the less wealthy.

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Government
8:05 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:02 am

A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.

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Government
4:40 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Launches New Data Website

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 2:02 pm

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has created a new website meant to improve access to its data.

The DataMart includes state highway traffic counts, county-by-county spending numbers, road project information, traffic fatality data and more.

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