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Infrastructure
12:11 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Significant Movement Detected at Old Ledbetter Bridge, Demolition Expected to Begin Soon

Credit KYTC

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials are monitoring the deteriorating stability of the Old Ledbetter Bridge after sensors detected significant movement early this morning. 

Last month, the KYTC ordered an emergency demolition of the old U.S. 60 bridge over the Tennessee River between McCracken and Livingston counties after a landslide caused two of the piers to shift. 

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Government
10:50 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits

The Obama administration is set to announce expanded federal benefits for same-sex spouses, no matter what state they live in. On Thursday, demonstrators supporting same-sex marriage marched in front of the Supreme Court.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:31 pm

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.

The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act last June.

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Government
12:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Want To Grow Hemp in Tennessee? There Are Some Hoops to Jump Through

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has just proposed rules for farmers wanting to grow hemp, and they’re pretty strict.

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Government
11:14 am
Thu June 19, 2014

One New Commander At Fort Campbell Will Be Addressed As ‘Yes Ma’am’

The guard is changing at Fort Campbell, with a ceremony Friday to install Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky as commander of the 101st Airborne Division.

Throughout the division, officers are being promoted to new roles, including the first woman to ever serve as a brigade commander at Fort Campbell. 

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Government
5:59 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Lawmakers Say Medical Marijuana in Kentucky An Inevitability

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Wednesday, Kentucky lawmakers once again considered legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal use.

The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.

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Government
3:55 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Ky. Senate President Talks Budget While Visiting Murray State

Stivers (right) chats with state Sen. Stan Humphries on MSU's campus.
Credit Chad Lampe

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers says a projected revenue shortfall of at least $28 million shouldn’t require state funded agencies to give money back to balance the state’s budget.

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Transportation
3:38 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

KYTC Seeks Info on Damage Caused to Brookport Bridge, Imposes Load Limit

The damage occurred to a compression member of the structure. Had the damage been to a tension member of the structure it could have caused a failure of the span similar to the May 23, 2013 collapse of the Skagit River Bridge near Burlington, Washington.
Credit KYTC

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is seeking information about damage to a support beam of the U.S. 45 Ohio River Bridge connecting Paducah and Brookport, Illinois.

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Government
4:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Beshear Addresses National Health Care Conference

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Gov. Steve Beshear addressed a national health care conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday to once again tout Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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Transportation
12:51 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Another Contract Awarded, I-69 Moves Forward

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has awarded a major contract to bring I-69 closer to reality in Hopkins, Webster and Henderson counties.

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Government
6:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dem IL Congressional Candidate Pushing for Brookport Levee Repairs, Looks to Unseat Shimkus

Credit Lance Dennee

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative’s 15th District, Eric Thorsland told residents in Brookport he wants to see funds put into the village’s levee repairs.

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