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Agriculture
2:40 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Hemp Seeds Face One Final Hurdle Before Making Into Kentucky Soil

Hemp Seeds
Credit Erik Fenderson (Wikimedia Commons)

 

A shipment of hemp seeds from Italy has made it to Kentucky, but there’s a problem.

Customs officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the 250 pound shipment to the state Agriculture Department.

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Government
2:01 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Ky. Chamber Pleased with Education Funding Increase

Credit Lance Dennee

Despite the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s disappointment with Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to veto the public-private partnerships bill last month, Chamber president David Adkisson says the legislature passed a responsible budget.

During the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday morning, Adkisson emphasized the improvements to education funding in the budget.  

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Government
12:47 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Kentucky State Police Crack Down on Commercial Vehicle Brake Violations

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky State Police is cracking down on semi-truck and commercial safety violations stemming from inadequate brake maintenance. 

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Government
5:57 am
Thu May 8, 2014

In Reversal, Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty

Credit Jonathan Meador/Kentucky Public Radio

After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.

It was the second, and final, hearing in the ethics case brought against the Western Kentucky Democrat by female state House staffers.

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Government
2:20 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Hopkins County May Crack Down On Pawned Stolen Goods

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The Hopkins County Fiscal Court is considering a measure to make pawning stolen property more difficult.

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Government
5:05 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Ky. Ethics Panel Member to Resign after Arnold Controversy

Vernie McGaha plans to resign from the LEC.
Credit lrc.ky.gov

As the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission prepares to meet Wednesday to further discuss the allegations of sexual harassment against former state Rep. John Arnold, one member of the commission has announced his intention to resign.

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Government
2:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Hopkinsville Chamber Director Outlines Plans to Grow Community

Marian Mason has returned to her childhood home of Christian County as the new Executive Director of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce. On Sounds Good, she speaks with Kate Lochte about some of the efforts in the works in the Hopkinsville/Christian Co. area, such as connecting veterans with jobs (after First Lady Michelle Obama's recent Fort Campbell visit), legislative agenda successes, community vision plan, entrepreneurial business plan competition and the recent rebranding/remodeling of the Chamber building.

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Pensions
6:21 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Why One Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

Credit Wikimedia Commons

It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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Government
4:24 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Kentucky Hemp Research Project Looms Near

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As the first of five Kentucky hemp research tests draws near, local farmers and officials are considering the plant’s economic viability.

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Government
3:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

McCracken County Judge Supports State Busing for Private School Pupils

McCracken’s County’s Judge Executive has expressed his support for the county school district’s busing of private school students.

According to a Lexington Herald Leader article, state financial records show that Kentucky spent nearly $18 million to pay for busing at private, mostly religious schools, in two dozen counties over the last six years. 

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