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3:16 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Open Dialogue Between Government and Society

The logo for Sunshine Week.
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Award-winning Kentucky New Era Opinion Editor Jennifer Brown spoke to WKMS's Kate Lochte to salute Sunshine Week.  It's a national observance to encourage transparency in government and an appreciation for state open meetings and open records laws, as well as the federal Freedom of Information Act.

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Government
3:12 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Governor Beshear Signs Breeders Cup Incentives Into Law

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  Tax breaks related to the high profile Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland have been signed into law. 

The ceremony was held Tuesday at the state capitol. 

The law exempts the pari-mutuel tax on wagering on live races during the two-day event.  

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Government
2:41 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Governor Beshear Predicts Passage of Heroin and Dating Violence Bills

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Governor Beshear is expressing confidence that Kentucky lawmakers will approve heroin and dating violence legislation next week.

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Government
2:51 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Heavy Rainfall Causes Flooding Issues Along Ohio River

Credit NWS

Flood waters are are moving down the Ohio River and prompted a  flood warning for manyRiver Kentucky counties.  

The National Weather Service outlook shows water levels have risen some 6 feet above the 39-foot flood stage in Paducah.  

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Government
2:50 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

More than 16M Americans Have Gained Health Insurance Under Affordable Care Act

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An estimated 16.4 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, according to new data released Monday by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Richard Frank, assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, said the drop in the uninsured rate is primarily driven by the Affordable Care Act.

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Government
2:37 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Marshall Co Fiscal Court Hesitant on Economic Development Funding Study

Credit Kentucky Lake Economic Development in Marshall County, Facebook

Kentucky Lake Economic Development wants the Marshall County fiscal court  to approve a county-wide study to determine the best location for an industrial park.

The previous fiscal court appropriated $100,000 dollars for the study, but the new fiscal court hesitated on approving the study. 

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Government
1:46 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Freshman Lawmaker Calls First Session in Frankfort "A Learning Experience"

Sen Danny Carroll (R-Paducah)
Credit LRC Public Information

First term state Senator Danny Carrol says the current 30 day session of the Kentucky General Assembly has been a learning experience. 

Carrol, the president of Easter Seals West Kentucky says, in business, decisions tend to be black or white.  He says he’s quickly learning that in the legislative process, there are a lot of gray areas.

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Government
6:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Eight Running for Kentucky State Treasurer

State Rep. Rick Nelson is the latest to enter the race for state treasurer.
Credit LRC

A state lawmaker from eastern Kentucky has joined a crowded field for State Treasurer.

Representative Rick Nelson of Bell County is seeking the office being vacated by term-limited Todd Hollenbach.

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Government
4:13 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Legislation Passes To Clarify Communication, Reduce Unnecessary Paperwork For Nonprofits

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The Kentucky Nonprofit Network worked with legislators to form and ultimately pass two pieces of legislation this General Assembly giving nonprofits clarification and reducing unnecessary paperwork.

KNN Executive Director Danielle Clore says House Bill 440 modernizes and clarifies parts of the law governing Kentucky nonprofits.

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Government
12:53 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

$4.5 Million Grant Officially Awarded to Help PGDP Employees Get Back to Work

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The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board will receive more than $4.5 million dollars from a national emergency grant to help retrain employees displaced by the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant’s ongoing closure and cleanup.

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