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12:46 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Greer Announces Run for Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tem

Kentucky State Representative Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 11:11 am

A state lawmaker from Brandenburg plans to run for House Speaker Pro Tem when the Kentucky General Assembly convenes in January. 

Representative Jeff Greer is sending out letters Friday to his Democratic colleagues announcing his plans to run for the leadership post. 

Elected in 2007, he represents Meade and portions of Bullitt and Hardin counties.  Greer told WKU Public Radio that joining House leadership would be good for his constituents. 

"Normally, the leadership team gets the last look at the budget before it comes up for a vote," explained Greer.  "You get to negotiate with the Senate on the budget, and that's a huge responsibility."

The pro tem position became vacant this week when Representative Larry Clark of Louisville announced he’s stepping aside from the post he’s held since 1993.

Democrats maintained their 54-46 advantage in the Kentucky House in last week’s election.  Leadership elections will take place on the first day of the 2015 legislative session which is set for January 6.

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Government
5:16 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Murray City Coucil to Vote Tonight on New Human Rights Ordinance

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The Murray City Council will vote tonight whether to advance an updated human rights ordinance that would protect people of different sexual orientations and gender identities.

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Government
4:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Kentucky AG Urges TVA to Hold Public Meetings Over Shawnee Fossil Plant Emissions

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has asked the Tennessee Valley Authority to schedule public meetings regarding the possible closure of two units at Paducah’s Shawnee Fossil Plant.

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Government
12:06 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Republicans Officially Choose Mitch McConnell to be Next Senate Majority Leader

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 10:01 am

As expected, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell was chosen Thursday by Republican members to be the next Senate majority leader.

The vote was unanimous, according to the senator's office. McConnell officially takes up the post in January.

He becomes only the second Kentucky senator to hold the post. (The first was Democrat Alben Barkley, who was majority leader in the late 1930s and early '40s and later served as vice president under President Truman.)

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Government
11:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ryan Champion Indicted in Trigg County Murder Investigation

Pictured: the Champion family.
Credit Facebook - Joy Champion

A Trigg County man charged with killing three family members and another man near Cadiz last month has been indicted, Kentucky State Police say.

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Government
10:17 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Honeywell Restarts Production Today, NRC Approves New Emergency Protocols

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Honeywell’s Metropolis plant restarts production today, 18 days after a gas leak at the facility.

On the evening of Oct 26, employees there reported a uranium hexafluoride gas (UF-6) leak that put the plant into emergency shutdown mode.

A company investigation determined the leak was internal and caused by mechanical failure near the end of the production process. 

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Government
9:58 am
Wed November 12, 2014

IRS Warns Tax Filing Deadlines And Refunds Could Be Delayed

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 5:24 pm

The Internal Revenue Service has warned of tax season chaos if Congress fails to pass a series of breaks by the end of November. The so-called tax extenders include everything from deductions for school teachers who buy classroom supplies to faster depreciation for business equipmentent.

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Government
4:11 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Christian County Chamber Prepares for Potential Military Cuts, Hires New Military Affairs Director

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The Christian County Chamber of Commerce has extended an offer to its next military affairs director as it prepares for potential cuts.

Chamber President and CEO Marian Mason says Katie Lopez will start Nov. 17, almost two months after Kensley Marcus left the position. Lopez has served as regional coordinator with Fort Campbell’s In Gear Career and as co-director at the Southern Kentucky Veteran Council.

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Government
12:18 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

McCracken Fiscal Court Votes Down Humane Society Partnership

Credit Lance Dennee

The McCracken County Fiscal Court has voted down a joint-shelter contract with the Humane Society despite months of negotiations. 

Last night, county commissioners voted “no” to a $235,000, three-year proposal from the Humane Society to double the size of its current facility.

Conditions included the county having 24-7 access to the facility and a revised euthanasia policy. 

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Government
7:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Federal Ethics Probe Finds Probable Violations By Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield

Connie Harriman-Whitfield, then vice chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, whispers in the ear of husband, U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., during a press conference on Sept. 5, 2006, in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:17 am

A Congressional ethics probe released Monday has determined there is “substantial reason to believe” that U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield violated “House rules and standards of conduct” by having lobbying contacts with his wife and permitting his wife to have lobbying contacts with his staff.

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