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Government
7:24 am
Tue March 24, 2015

McCracken County Fiscal Court Partners with Humane Society

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court passed a resolution Monday night to enter into a contract with the McCracken County Humane Society to house animals brought in by the animal control.

McCracken County judge-executive Bob Leeper says a 2011 euthanasia scandal at the humane society did not deter county leaders from making the deal.

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Government
5:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Little Movement Going into Last Day of General Assembly

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers
Credit LRC Public Information

The clock is ticking on several pieces of legislation as state lawmakers convene for the last time Tuesday.

Legislators went home Monday night with a handful of major bills in limbo.

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Government
4:03 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

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Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 9:30 am

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students.

A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana.

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Transportation
6:41 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Highway Fatalities in Work Zones Falling, but Crashes Have Increased

Credit transportation.ky.gov

As temperatures begin to climb this spring, the number of highway work crews on Kentucky's roads will also increase. Proper attention to the road remains the key to safe travels. 

Monday marks the beginning of Work Zone Awareness Week across the commonwealth. The number of fatalities in highway work zones in Kentucky has dropped the last three years, but crashes have significantly increased.

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Government
6:29 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Heroin, Teachers Pension Solutions Elusive in Kentucky General Assembly

Credit lrc.state.ky.us

With two working days to go, Kentucky lawmakers still haven’t nailed down legislation to address the state’s growing heroin problem and it’s ailing teachers pension system.

On Friday, legislators from both chambers met for hours, trying to craft compromises on the bills.

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Government
3:04 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Court of Appeals Says Libraries Can Raise Taxes Without Taxpayers' Vote

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The Kentucky Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling today to allow library districts to raise taxes by four percent each year without requiring a vote from taxpayers.

This move changes the outcome of a 2012 lawsuit filed by the Campbell County Tea Party which claimed the districts could not raise taxes without a voter referendum if they were created by a petition. About 80 Kentucky library districts were created by petition.

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Unemployment Rate
12:05 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Posts Half-Percent Unemployment Drop in February

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Kentucky’s unemployment rate last month plunged to 5.2 percent, the lowest rate in ten years.  It was a decrease from January’s jobless rate of 5.7 percent. 

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Government
8:12 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

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Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.

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Government
2:32 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Kentucky Receives $20 Million to Address Long Term Unemployment

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Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to develop a model program to assist those who are long-term unemployed and on food stamps.  

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Government
2:23 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Hickman Mayor in Washington as Part of Mississippi River Initiative

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry crosses the Mississippi River between Kentucky and Missouri.
Credit The Dorena-Hickman Ferry/Facebook

Hickman, Ky. Mayor David Lattus is in Washington D.C. as part of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, which aims to create a coordinated voice and bring national attention back to the country’s longest river.

The group is asking Congress to fully fund $200 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget for the federal pre-disaster mitigation program.

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