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10:54 am
Mon November 10, 2014

What You Need to Know About Kentucky's Next Lieutenant Governor, Crit Luallen

Lt. Gov.-designate Crit Luallen with outgoing Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Gov. Steve Beshear (speaking), Madeline Abramson and first lady Jane Beshear.

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 6:01 am

Gov. Steve Beshear says his search for a new lieutenant governor started and ended with one candidate after Jerry Abramson got the call to serve in the White House.

Kentucky’s next lieutenant governor, Crit Luallen, has near-bulletproof bonafides among Democrats and Republicans in the state.

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Government
6:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Honeywell Plant to Reopen to Run Emergency Drills This Week

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Honeywell's Metropolis plant will reopen for emergency drills and testing this week after a uranium hexafluoride gas leak last month shutdown the facility.  

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Government
6:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Dating Violence Bill Undergoes Rewrite

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Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy.  Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times. 

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Government
3:01 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Illinois Community Asks AG to Audit Prairie State's Contracts

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An Illinois community is asking the state’s Attorney General to investigate its contract with Prairie State Energy Campus as it battles skyrocketing electricity prices.

Batavia, Ill is battling power pricing issues similar to Paducah Power Customers due to their ownership stakes in the under-performing coal power plant. 

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Government
6:36 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Kentuckians Rule in on Gay Marraige Ban

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A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage.  The ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati yesterday covered appeals from Kentucky as well as Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes the ruling reaffirms a political decision made by voters.

"Clearly Kentucky voter strongly to protect marriage and that's our right to do so,” Ostrander said. “This court agreed with that and they're the first circuit court to do so and we're very pleased."

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Government
4:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What's Next Now That Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Law Has Been Upheld

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:59 pm

Update 8 p.m.: What's Next

Dan Canon, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs on Thursday were considering their next move—and there will be a next move.

"We are disappointed, and we think the ruling is wrong, but we do not intend to let it go unchallenged," Canon said in an emailed response to questions.

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Government
9:29 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson Resigns For White House Post; Crit Luallen to Replace Him

Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:01 pm

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will resign on Nov. 13 for a post in the White House, and former state Auditor Crit Luallen will be appointed in his place, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday.

Abramson will be President Obama's liaison to state and local government, the Associated Press reports.

The AP adds:

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Government
7:24 am
Thu November 6, 2014

State House Democrats Unveil Agenda

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Less than 24 hours after Kentucky voters maintained the 54-46 Democratic majority in the state House of Representatives, the chamber’s leaders announced their agenda for the 2015 legislative session. 

“We want to thank the voters for their support and for giving us the opportunity to move ahead with those ideas that are important to them and that help all Kentucky families succeed,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.  “Our Democratic caucus has made an effort in recent years to distance itself from the policies and gridlock we have seen coming from Washington, and the voters rallied behind that.”

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Government
1:36 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Death Certificate Filing Goes Paperless

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Beginning in January, electronic death reporting becomes mandatory across Kentucky.  The move from a manual paper based system to e-filing primarily affects funeral homes, coroners, and doctors. 

 

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Government
11:21 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Danny Carroll Wins Kentucky's 2nd District State Senate Seat

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Republican Danny Carroll has been elected to the Kentucky State Senate’s 2nd District Seat. Carroll secured a victory Tuesday night over Democrat Jeff Parker by over 7,000 votes.

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