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6:02 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Kentucky Revenue Shortfall Nears $91 Million

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Kentucky’s general fund is short $91 million, and one of the driving factors is a decline in a form of income primarily used by the nation’s wealthiest individuals.

In 2012, U.S. Congress was preparing to take the country over the “fiscal cliff” over rising debt, rising healthcare costs and spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. To reduce the deficit, President Obama proposed raising the federal capital gains tax, which largely impacted the nation's wealthiest, prompting a massive sell-off by 2013.

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Government
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Kentuckians Like Expanded Medicaid But Not The Legislation That Made It Happen

A new poll finds Kentuckians aren’t happy with the Affordable Care Act, but they do like benefits the legislation made possible.

According to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky study released today, this disconnect is consistent throughout the state, although people in the more urban areas—Lexington and Louisville—were at least nearly 10 percent more favorable of the ACA.

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Government
3:07 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th Lowest for Uninsured

A new report finds Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state. 

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Government
12:37 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Greenway Trail Enters Next Phase of Construction Causing Detour at Brookport Bridge

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The US 45 Brookport Bridge will be closed for three weeks as the next phase of the Greenway Trail begins, meaning an estimated 5,000 vehicles will need to detour around the construction.

Paducah Parks and Recreation Director Mark Thompson says tunnel under the highway will connect the downtown and Noble Park portions of the trail. He says the project will create a safe route across the highway.

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Government
4:20 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Waide's Computers to Be Searched in Alleged Misappropriation Case

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Kentucky’s 10th District state Rep. Ben Waide is still battling a civil lawsuit brought by former colleagues who say he misappropriated company money to fund his political career.

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Government
12:42 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Brookport to Receive $1.8M in Recovery Aid

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The city of Brookport, Illinois and Massac County will receive a little more than $1.8 million in state funding to aid in recovery from last November’s deadly tornadoes. 

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Government
4:40 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Paducah Economic Development Council Hires Consultant Group in CEO Search

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The Paducah Economic Development Council has hired a consultant as part of its search for a new CEO.

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Construction
7:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Greenway Trail Underpass Construction Begins/Brookport Bridge Closed 21 Days

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Crews will begin installing detour signs Monday in Paducah in preparation for the Tuesday closing of the Brookport Bridge to install an underpass connecting two sections of the Greenway Trail. Contractors will have 21 consecutive days to install the 52-foot long lighted underpass at U-S 45. 

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Government
10:05 am
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:27 pm

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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Government
3:35 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Federal Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Threatens $185 Million in Kentucky Projects

Congressional inaction threatening the solvency of the Federal Highway Trust Fund may cost Kentucky $185 million for projects, drastically changing how the state pays for road construction, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

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