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6:51 am
Tue June 2, 2015

Consultants: Kentucky Pension System Can’t ‘Invest Its Way Out’ of Crisis

State Sen. Joe Bowen says there aren't many potential solutions to Kentucky's pension crisis.
Credit LRC Public Information

Analysts say Kentucky will need to hire more state employees or have them pay more into the retirement system in order to reverse the state’s pension crisis, painting a grim portrait of Kentucky’s main public pension system.

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Heroin Law Oversight Panel to Assess Impact of Legislation

Rep. Denver (Denny) Butler is co-chair of a new heroin task force.
Credit LRC Public Information

Formation is underway of a task force that will oversee implementation of the state's new heroin law.  The co-chair of the task force says he witnessed heroin's rise in popularity in his community just over five years ago.

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KYCIR
10:14 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Police In Kentucky Ship Mentally Ill Man to Florida, Defying Judge's Order

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 6:02 am

CARROLLTON, Ky.—Adam Horine leaned on the courtroom podium, wept and begged.

He called himself “crazy,” but insisted that he could represent himself. He said he was dying.

The April 22 hearing before Carroll District Judge Elizabeth Chandler stood out from Horine’s many other court appearances over the years for an array of mostly minor offenses.

In a rambling, sometimes confusing dialogue with the judge, the 31-year-old defendant said, his voice cracking, that he loved Kentucky but “they are trying to force me out.”

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Government
9:35 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

City Council Approves Transfer of Rescue Vehicle/Equipment to Hospital EMS

Credit Rob Canning

The city of Murray and Calloway County have moved closer to a new deal to make the Murray-Calloway County Hospital's paramedics the primary provider of extrication services in the event of a vehicle accident within or outside the city. 

Thursday night, the City Council approved 8-4 the transferring of the Murray Fire Department’s rescue and vehicle extrication equipment to the Hospital’s EMS unit.  

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Health
3:55 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Federal Panel Observing Rural Health Issues in Kentucky

Credit Medi-Share (http://blog.medi-share.org)

  A central Kentucky community hospital is playing host this week to a federal panel studying ways to increase life expectancy in rural areas.

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Government
1:41 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Murray-Calloway Extrication Service Resolution Goes Before City Council Thursday

Credit murrayky.gov

Tomorrow night, a resolution to approve a new deal between the city of Murray and Calloway County over emergency extrication services goes before the city council.  

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Government
2:01 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

KFW Reminds Boaters to Wear Life Jacket After Weekend Drownings

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wikimedia Commons

After a pair of weekend drownings on Lake Barkley, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials are stressing the importance of having a life jacket available while on the water. 

On Saturday, the bodies of 52-year-old Michael Bussell and his 13-year-old son NyDarion, both of Hopkinsville, were found in Lake Barkley. 

KFW Captain Garry Clark says neither were wearing a life jacket and that’s something he sees all too often.

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Government
2:29 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Kentucky National Guard Begins New Partnership with Djibouti

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky National Guard is beginning a new partnership with Djibouti to support defense security cooperation goals. The National Guard State Partnership Program works to develop military and civilian relationships with a variety of state partners. Spokesman Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht said this could include training and assistance with things like security, emergency management and building schools.

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Government
10:09 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Drop in Coal Severance Tax Revenue Blamed for Hopkins Budget Cuts

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Hopkins County is facing a nearly five percent budget cut thanks in large part to a reduction in coal severance tax revenue. The county is home to multiple underground mining operations. The severance tax revenue goes to counties based on a formula that includes the tonnage of coal extracted and its price. The $1.34m reduction won’t prompt any layoffs, according to Judge Executive Donnie Carroll.

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Government
2:31 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

US 641 South Widening Receives Top Priority on Purchase Area Projects List

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A long-sought initiative to widen highway 641 south of Murray may have the state’s support next fiscal year. 

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