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6:29 am
Tue March 3, 2015

'AT&T Bill' Passes Kentucky Senate, Poised to Become Law

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Major telephone companies won’t have to offer basic landline service to residents in the 15 largest markets in the state if Gov. Steve Beshear signs a bill that passed the state Senate on Monday.

The so-called AT&T deregulation bill removes a requirement that “carriers of last resort” offer packages with 911 calling, operator service and unlimited local calls to those who ask for it in markets of more than 15,000 people.

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2:45 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Ballard and Marshall Counties Declared Work Ready Communities In-Progress

Credit Kentucky Workforce Investment Board

Two western Kentucky counties have been designated Work Ready Communities In-Progress.  Governor Steve Beshear announced today that community, business, education, workforce, and economic development leaders from each county are developing their workforce by meeting education, skill, and digital literacy benchmarks. 

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Government
7:52 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Kentucky Chamber Tops General Assembly Lobbying for January

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The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent the most cash lobbying in the General Assembly in the month of January.

According to the Legislative Ethics Commission groups spent nearly $1.8 million that month.

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Government
7:34 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Ky. House Passes Human Trafficking, Child Porn Bills

State Rep. Sannie Overly and Majority Whip Johnny Bell
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The Kentucky House unanimously passed two bills to combat sex trafficking and child pornography in the state.

One bill would prevent those charged with having sex with a child prostitute from claiming they thought the child was over 18. Democratic Representative Sannie Overly says the bill goes along with legislation working its way through the U.S. Congress that amends federal trafficking statutes in the same way.

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Government
11:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Nominees Selected For Open Kentucky Supreme Court Seat

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  A committee has nominated three candidates to replace former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott, who resigned in January to enter the Republican race for governor.

Scott was elected to his seat on the state’s highest court in 2004, representing the 7thSupreme Court District covering much Eastern Kentucky.

The nominees announced Thursday are all Eastern Kentucky attorneys—David Allen Barber from Prestonsburg, Roger Donald Riggs from Mount Sterling and Janet Stumbo from Van Lear.

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Government
5:19 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Senate Acts to Shut Down Internet Sweepstakes Cafes in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that could shut down internet sweepstakes cafes in the Commonwealth. The computer based businesses give away chances to win monetary prizes with the purchase of a service or product. 

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Government
3:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Brake Named New President/CEO of Greater Owensboro Chamber

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The next President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce won’t have to go far to begin her new job.

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Government
2:46 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Amid Federal Pressure, Kentucky Drug Courts Look Into Expanding Addiction Treatment

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The state’s drug courts might allow addicts to receive medically assisted drug therapy as part of court mandated treatment.

The move comes after White House drug czar Michael Botticelli said in February that drug courts that prohibit medical treatment would stop receiving federal funding.

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Government
12:36 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Senate Vote Expected Friday on Bill Related to Transgender Bathroom Usage

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UPDATE: The bill's sponsor, state Sen. C.B. Embry tells Kentucky Public Radio the Senate will vote Friday on Senate Bill 76. The Fairness Campaign previously indicated the vote would be Thursday.

Director of Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign Chris Hartman says he anticipates the Republican-controlled Senate will pass a bill requiring students to use school bathrooms corresponding with their biological sex, but that it will stall in the Democrat-held state House of Representatives.

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Government
3:58 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

DHS Shutdown Could Weaken Local Kentucky Emergency Management

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As the region recovers from last week’s snowstorm, local emergency response agencies could see heavy cuts thanks to a potential U.S. Department of Homeland Security shutdown.

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