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7:57 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Beshear on economic development trip to India

KY Governor Steve Beshear
governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is on a seven-day trip to India to promote the state to business owners who would like to locate in the U.S.  Beshear arrived in India Tuesday for his third trip to the world's second most populous nation.  Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes will join Beshear on the trip.  Beshear's office says an India-based packaging company, Flex Films, is investing $180 million in Kentucky as a result of his previous visit to the country.  Beshear also made economic development trips to Taiwan and Japan in May and Germany and France in July.

Government
7:56 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Paducah keeps tax rates from 2011

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Paducahresidents will see their real estate and personal property tax rate remain the same for the 2012 fiscal year.  Last night, Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners introduced an ordinance keeping the current tax of 25 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value.  The city has maintained this rate for the last five years.  Commissioner Carol Gault says the city has tried to streamline spending to balance its budget without collecting more revenue.  LowerTownArts and Music Festival organizers also presented a report last night.  They told commissioners almost 16,000 people attended this ye

Government
12:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Judge Declares Mistrial in Russell Case

Claude Russell
kentuckystatepolice.org

Trigg Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall has declared a mistrial in the trial of Claude Russell, who was charged with killing Chantell Humphries in 2002. The Kentucky New Era reports the action came Monday night after a nine-day trial when jurors twice reported they could not come up with a unanimous verdict. Humphries' body was found on a cattle farm in Trigg County in June 2002.

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Government
11:42 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kentucky Voters Will See A Handful of Options When Voting for President

The two-party system may dominate politics, but Kentuckians will still have a host of options when it comes to voting for a presidential candidate this fall.

In addition to the two major party candidates, two other political parties have qualified their candidates in Kentucky.

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Government
10:48 am
Tue September 11, 2012

McConnell, Whitfield Remark on 9/11 Anniversary

Senator Mitch Mcconnell
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Kentucky's Washington D. C. legislators made statements today in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks at the Congressional 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol:

“More than a decade later, most of us still remember 9/11 like it was yesterday: the initial confusion, the horrifying realization of what was happening, the watching, the waiting, the grief, the anger, the resolve.

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Government
6:05 am
Tue September 11, 2012

KY Agency offers online abuse, neglect reporting

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The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services is offering a new way to report abuse or neglect in non-emergency situations.  The agency that oversees child and adult protection says it has a new web-based portal for reporting suspected abuse or neglect.  The agency says the online system makes it convenient, confidential and secure to report situations that don't need an immediate response.

Government
2:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Flat Growth in State Budget Causing Some Concerns

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State budget officials say they are paying close attention to revenue as the state budget sees a flat growth at the start of the fiscal year.

Budget director Mary Lassiter says in her monthly briefing that August revenues ticked up, helping make up 2 percent of losses in July. But that leaves revenues flat, while forecasters had expected an almost 3 percent growth this year.

Lassiter says while warning alarms aren'’t going off yet, steady declines in income and sales taxes is giving her office causes for concern.

Government
8:53 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Tenn.prison stays shorter than most states

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A new study shows Tennessee prisoners serve some of the shortest terms in the nation.  A report by the Pew Center on the States found that on average a Tennessee prison sentence lasts just under 2 years. That's about a year shorter than the national average.

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Government
8:36 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TN Driver's license renewals shifting to self-service

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Tennesseeresidents needing to renew or replace their driver's licenses could be using self-service kiosks by November.  State officials say kiosk locations could include libraries, police precincts and county clerk's offices. Officials are in talks with a national retail outlet chain where some kiosks may be located. 

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Government
8:28 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Man cleared in 1998 fatal dorm fire in court again

Hester College, Murray State
panoramio.com

The Paducah Middle School principal recently acquitted in a fatal Murray State University dorm fire over a decade ago was back in court last week facing charges of evidence tampering.  Jerry Wayne Walker was cleared in July of arson and manslaughter charges by a Marshall County jury.  WPSD-TV reports the allegations of evidence tampering stem from letters Walker wrote in the days following the 1998 fire, where he accused others of starting it.

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