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7:50 am
Mon September 3, 2012

22 KY children die of abuse, neglect in past year

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A state report released late last week says at least 22 Kentucky children died in the past fiscal year as a result of abuse and neglect.  But the annual report from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the deaths have decreased in recent years.  Thirty-one children died from abuse deaths in 2011, 36 in 2010, 29 in 2009 and 30 in 2008.  Child advocates say the drop is good news, but 22 is still too many.  Governor Steve Beshear created a panel of 17 experts this year to review all child deaths and near-deaths stemming from abuse or neglect.

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7:48 am
Mon September 3, 2012

3 judges on special TN Supreme Court panel recuse themselves

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Three justices selected to serve on a special state Supreme Court to hear a suit concerning Tennessee's system for selecting appeals court judges have recused themselves.  Governor Bill Haslam appointed the 5-member panel after all the sitting state Supreme Court justices recused themselves from the case.  The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the judges are former Chief Justice William "Mickey" Barker, former Supreme Court Justice George Brown and former U.S.

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7:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Alarming growth of KY drug-addicted newborns

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A recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the number of Kentucky newborns hospitalized for drug addiction passed on from their mothers has soared over the last decade.  The study links the rise to the prescription pill epidemic in the Commonwealth, where hospitalizations for addicted newborns climbed from 29 in 2000 to 730 last year.  The report says the national rates more than doubled over the same period.  State officials and doctors say statistics include newborn withdrawals from all types of drugs, but they also blame prescription pills for the d

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3:32 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Former Middle School Principal Sentenced

A judge today sentenced former South Marshall Middle School principal Kent Barlow to serve 10 years in prison. Barlow pled guilty earlier this month to three charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend. Marshall County Circuit Judge Dennis Foust gave Barlow five years for both first degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.

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8:32 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Beshear implements horse racing regulation

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is using his executive authority to implement a regulation allowing only government veterinarians to administer race-day drugs to horses.  Thursday’s action comes days after the proposed regulation appeared stymied by objections from state lawmakers.  Beshear says it's in the racing industry's interest to let the rule take effect.  Republican State Senator Damon Thayer praised the governor’s action.  He says it sends the message that Kentucky will be at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions about the use of drugs in horse racing.  The regulation woul

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8:29 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Judge: IL must set money aside in pay dispute

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The judge in a dispute over Illinois workers' pay raises is telling Governor Pat Quinn's administration to hand over unspent money from the state budget in case he rules in favor of the employees.  Cook County Circuit Court Judge Richard Billik ordered a voucher for $18 million in unspent payroll money sent to the state comptroller.

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8:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Beshear appoints Banahan to lead KY health program

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Kentucky has taken another step toward a statewide health insurance exchange with Governor Steve Beshear’s appointment this week of an executive director to head the initiative resulting from federal health care reforms.  Carrie Banahan had been executive director of the Kentucky Office of Health Policy.  

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Government
8:21 am
Fri August 31, 2012

KY airports receive federal grants for upgrades

Princeton’s airport is among the nine across Kentucky are receiving a share of grants totaling $2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.  Governor Steve Beshear announced the grants Thursday.  The Princeton-Caldwell County Airport will receive $105,000 for runway, taxiway, and runway lighting improvements.  Beshear says the money will help keep the state's airports safe.

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8:17 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pew report cites $23B shortfall in KY public pensions

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A new report shows Kentucky has a more than $23 billion shortfall in what should have been set aside to fund pensions for retired state employees.  The Pew Center for the States and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation released the report Thursday.   The report says the shortfall is more than twice the amount of all revenue generated from state taxes in the Commonwealth last year.  Public Pensions Task Force co-chairs, Republican Senator Damon Thayer and Democratic Representative Mike Cherry, say fixing the problem will require hard choices, good information and thoughtful analysis.   The T

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4:41 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New Authority Seeks Loan for Wastewater Plant

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The newly-formed South Hopkins Environmental Authority plans to seek up to three million dollars to buy the Nortonville Wastewater Treatment Plant to relieve the financial burden on the city of Nortonville. City officials have been unable to pay back their debt on the plant, which serves around 12-hundred households in Nortonville, White Plains and Mortons Gap.

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