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7:13 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Applications Open For TN Supreme Court Seat

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The Tennessee Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Justice Bill Koch has announced he is retiring on July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Candidates from Middle or West Tennessee can apply through February 21.

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Government
7:11 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lineups Set For KY Elections

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats have filled out their slates of candidates for federal and state offices to be contested in this year's election.

Topping the crowded ballot will be the campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, but a key battle will be waged for control of the Kentucky House.

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Government
4:31 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Tennessee Lawmakers Look For Ways To Take NSA Down A Peg

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Some Tennessee lawmakers are considering a push to cut off water and electricity to facilities run by entities like the National Security Agency, which they see as spying unconstitutionally. 

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Government
3:27 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Marshall County Candidate for Retirement System Trustee Wants to Ensure Efficient Management

A Kentucky Transportation Cabinet retiree from Marshall County is on the ballot for the state pension system’s Board of Trustees.

Peter Wolff says he’s concerned about the Kentucky Employees Retirement System.

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Government
3:22 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Governor Beshear's Budget Proposal

Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, discusses a bill up for consideration in the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
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Kentucky state lawmakers have begun reviewing Governor Steve Beshear’s $20 billion budget proposal.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell briefed lawmakers on the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Tuesday on aspects of the budget. It includes a 5% cut for most state agencies, and includes the state's highest ever ratio of money being borrowed to money coming in.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill

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An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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Propane
5:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky Propane Shortage Continues During Arctic Weather

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Propane companies throughout Kentucky are facing a supply shortage as demand increases with the arctic cold. Shortages have caused local suppliers to begin rationing the amount of fuel residents can buy at a time. 

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Health Care
4:15 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Young Invincibles Vital to Health Insurance Exchanges, But They're Slowly Signing Up

Wyatt Severs at work in his shop in Murray.

With the deadline for open enrollment coming in March, the people behind Kentucky’s health insurance exchange kynect are reaching out to an important group of people.

Young Invincibles are those uninsured and between 18 and 30 years old. Wyatt Severs fits in that group. He’s a 30-year-old artist and teacher.

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Government
3:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky Retirement Systems Director: State's Pension Debt is $17 Billion

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Kentucky's state pension systems are slated to have to pay out more than $17 billion that the state doesn't have.

That's according to William Thielen, who is director of the Kentucky Retirement Systems. Thielen testified before lawmakers in Frankfort Monday. 

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Government
7:41 am
Mon January 27, 2014

House Budget Review Starts This Week

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The Kentucky House will begin work to break down Governor Beshear’s budget this week.  Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand says some subcommittees may begin their review in the next few days.  The governor’s spending plan includes a two and a half percent cut in funding for higher education.  Chairman Rand admits that proposal has already generated some discussion.

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