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12:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

So-Called 'AT&T Bill' Passes Ky. House Committee

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 A bill that would ease the requirement for telephone companies to offer traditional landline service in Kentucky’s urban areas passed out of a House committee Thursday.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the bill has been proposed. Kentucky AT&T president Hood Harris said during a hearing on the bill that the state has waited long enough to upgrade its telecommunication laws.

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Government
10:46 am
Thu February 5, 2015

DOE Pulls Funding From Clean Coal Project In Illinois

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The Department of Energy is pulling funding from a central Illinois project that’s been heralded as the future of clean coal technology saying it can’t be completed before the initial deadline.

The project explores carbon capture and sequestration. Spokesman Lawrence Pacheco says without the federal funding the FutureGen Industrial Alliance project in Morgan County cannot go on.

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Government
6:54 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Kentucky Senate President Stivers: Wait to Hire LRC Director

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The Legislative Research Commission will not move forward with hiring a new director for the troubled state agency for now.

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Government
6:42 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Expungement Bill Fails in Legislature

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Legislation that could clear the felony records of some 95 thousand Kentuckians failed to pass out of committee yesterday. The measure would give individuals convicted of one felony the ability to seek expungement five years after serving their sentence, parole, or probation.

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Government
4:10 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Medical Review Panel Bill Back In Republican-Led Kentucky State Senate

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For the fourth straight year, a bill that would establish medical malpractice review panels has been introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Government
3:46 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Former Ohio County Officials File Complaint to AG Over Judge-Executive

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Two former Ohio county officials are alleging illegal activity by Judge Executive David Johnston. 

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Government
3:03 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Senate Panel Hears from Groups in Support of Freezing Kentucky’s Gas Tax

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Concerns about Kentucky's dwindling gas tax got a full review during a Senate legislative committee Wednesday. The major worry from state lawmakers and local government leaders is how the drop in revenue effects the Commonwealth’s road construction and maintenance fund.

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Government
7:19 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Paducah-McCracken County Officials Still Considering KSP Dispatching Services

Credit Hopkins County Central Dispatch

The Kentucky State Police presented a plan for E911 services to the Paducah City Commission and the McCracken County Fiscal Court last night.  Major John Bradley says the consolidated dispatch service is the largest proposed in the state and would cost $1.2 million in startup costs.

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Government
7:02 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Seeking Permanent LRC Director

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The leaders of the Kentucky House and Senate are beginning the process of hiring a new director of the Legislative Research Commission.

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Health
4:36 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

State Vaccination Exemptions Could Lead to Kentucky Measles Cases

Measles
Credit Cynthia Goldsmith / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the number of measles cases across the nation grows, a vaccination exemption for Kentucky students could allow for cases to emerge in the Commonwealth.

The highly contagious viral disease is especially susceptible to children resulting in rashes and pink eye and could lead to more serious illnesses like pneumonia and diarrhea.

A recent outbreak is believed to have started at a Disneyland theme park in southern California, but now 13 other states are reporting cases.

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