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  The leaders of Kentucky’s two legislative chambers have whittled down the list of candidates to be the next director of the Legislative Research Commission.

The new director will be tasked with reforming the state agency. A performance audit of the LRC detailed communication problems, lack of pay equity, opaque hiring practices and unclear career paths for young employees in the state agency.

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  The Hickman County Fiscal Court voted Wednesday morning to close the Hickman County Detention Center – a move that will save the county around $150,000 a year.

Jailer Chad Barber, who will stay on with the county as a transportation officer, says the decision to close the jail came down to a lack of staffing as well as a lack of inmates.

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The Kentucky Department of Insurance recently approved insurers’ requests for rate hikes. And all but one of the 13 insurers selling individual and small-group plans in the state are raising rates.

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The Illinois State Police are investigating the fatal crash of a small aircraft believed to have gone down in the Shawnee National Forest yesterday.  

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Kentucky businesses will save about $165 million on federal unemployment taxes after state officials paid off a close to a billion dollar federal loan early.  

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  If a legislative committee signs off on a new regulation later this month, Kentuckians will soon be able to register to vote online.

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Twenty-three states currently allow certain patients to use marijuana for treatment, but Kentucky isn’t one of them.

Jaime Montalvo with Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana says attitudes have been slow to change, particularly in the law enforcement community.

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  Parties in a sexual harassment lawsuit against the state Legislative Research Commission and legislators announced in June that a settlement had been reached.

But more than a month later, the settlement is still not official because not all of the defendants have signed it, said Thomas Clay, the attorney for the plaintiffs.

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UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

Kentucky State Police have charged 45-year-old Michael Jack Higgs of Grants Pass, Oregon with third degree use of a weapon of mass destruction after an explosive device was found in his car Thursday morning during a traffic stop. The device was rendered safe by KSP personnel. 

The incident closed Interstate 24 in Lyon County for hours. Both west and eastbound lanes reopened to normal traffic before 1:30 p.m.

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When the boards of Kentucky’s public universities became too laden with Republican Party members in 2007, former Attorney General Greg Stumbo found a “clear violation” of the law and took the extraordinary step of filing suit against the person who made the appointments — former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

Fletcher lost his re-election bid that year, and the man who defeated him, current Gov. Steve Beshear, settled the case. Beshear agreed to follow laws requiring the state’s collegiate boards to reflect the ratio of registered Democrats and Republicans in Kentucky.

Eight years later, under Beshear, the boards of Kentucky’s three biggest colleges are even more politically out of whack.

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