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8:26 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Beshear appoints Banahan to lead KY health program

Gov. Steve Beshear
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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.

Government
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

Government
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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Government
2:37 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

W. Ky. Red Cross Chapters Deploy Help to Hurricane Isaac Victims

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Western Kentucky Red Cross chapters have deployed seven volunteers to help with Hurricane Isaac Storm clean up. Paducah Area Red Cross Director Jessica Toren says the volunteers from four chapters have deployed to locations in Florida, Texas, Alabama and Louisiana, and more volunteers are on standby. 

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Government
12:38 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Hanson Mining Ordinance Under Review

The Hopkins County Joint Planning Commission is reviewing the city of Hanson’s laws to allow mining within city limits. The city passed an ordinance in 1990 banning mining. But Mayor Charles Young says Alliance Coal has purchased land within city limits, and the city commission wants to allow them to use the land for underground mining.

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Government
7:56 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Labor Day weekend will be construction-free in TN

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Tennessee transportation officials say the state’s highways will be clear of construction over the Labor Day weekend.  Transportation Commissioner John Schroer has ordered that construction stop by noon tomorrow and not resume until 6 a.m.

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Government
5:13 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Another Perspective on Paducah's Renaissance Area Master Plan

Paducah's existing riverfront.
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Earlier this month, we spoke with Bruce Brockenborough and Steve Doolittle of the Paducah Riverfront Development Authority about a proposal to enhance the city’s downtown, lower town, and riverfront.  It’s called the Renaissance Area Master Plan, or RAMP, and while it has its supporters, it’s also drawn criticism.  Among those who’ve expressed reservations is retired journalist, and Paducah resident Bob Hopper.  

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Government
4:27 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Two Arrested for Paducah Walgreens Robbery

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Paducah Police have arrested and charged two brothers in connection to a Paducah Walgreens armed robbery earlier this month. Eighteen-year-old Delquan and 19-year-old Delvonte Copeland, of Eddyville, face first degree robbery charges.

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Health
3:23 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Beshear Appoints Team to Evaluate Veteran Health Policies

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Over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reported a dramatic jump in the number of veterans in search of mental health services. In Kentucky, the outbreak of prescription drug abuse is also taking a toll. To better coordinate local, state, and federal agencies that deal with veteran’s health, Governor Beshear has appointed a team of health and military specialists to reevaluate the state’s policies. Retired Col. David Thompson heads up the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

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