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Kentucky Retirement Systems (kyret.ky.gov)

A western Kentucky dermatologist selected to replace a state pension board’s chairman has declined Governor Matt Bevin’s appointment. William Smith of Madisonville informed the governor in a letter that after careful consideration he decided to respectfully decline the appointment.

Millions more American workers will soon be eligible for overtime pay under a rule being finalized Wednesday by the Labor Department.

The rule says anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year must receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. That's roughly double the current threshold of $23,660.

The measure is one of the most sweeping moves the Obama administration has made so far in its efforts to boost slow-growing incomes. But it's sure to face opposition from some business owners.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation to allow an arbitrator to settle state-employee wages and working conditions if union negotiations stall. 

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Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton says state governors need to make more effort to push back against federal overreach, citing the recent controversy over a transgender bathroom policy in public schools.

Hampton was the featured speaker before the Purchase Area Development District in Mayfield on Monday.

 

Kentucky Department of Insurance

Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard has filed a lawsuit against CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc. in an effort to understand why the now defunct Kentucky Health Cooperative managed to fail financially. 

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Kentucky transportation officials have started an online service for people to renew their license plates.

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Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear has appointed a special prosecutor to handle the case against his former deputy.

Former Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge last month. 

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The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education says they’ve completed installation of a project that will provide all public universities with a tenfold increase in high speed internet access.  

CPE partnered with the University of Kentucky on the upgrade that will allow schools on the Kentucky Regional Optical Network a 100-gigabit connection to Internet2, the nation’s largest research and education exchange infrastructure.  

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Tennessee general fund tax collections are beating projections by nearly $700 million through the first month of the budget year. 

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  The thousands of Montgomery County Tennesseans informed last week they could lose their driver’s license have one less concern, the loss won’t affect their ability to vote in the general election.

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