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7:20 am
Tue January 8, 2013

KY Lawmakers Prepare for Start of Legislative Session

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Kentucky lawmakers start their legislative session today where they're expected to consider tax reforms and search for ways to shore up the financially troubled pension system for government retirees. A task force appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear has recommended a series of changes to the state tax code that could generate more than $600 million in additional revenue. A separate legislative task force has recommended pumping more money into the pension system, which has a $33 billion unfunded liability.

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Government
7:12 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Beshear's State of State Address Set for Feb. 6

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address Feb. 6.  Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson announced the date last week for the annual speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

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Politics
2:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

2013 Session Will Open with Tea Party Rally against Health Care Law

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The fight over the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky will continue in the new year, Tea Party activists say. When Kentucky lawmakers return to start the 2013 legislative session Tuesday, they will be greeted with a rally opposing the health care law.

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Politics
6:30 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Legislators Unlikely to Put State Health Exchange into Law

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Despite progress toward building a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky, Governor Steve Beshear will likely have to re-issue an executive order to keep it alive.

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Business
6:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Paducah - McCracken County Riverport Gets State Grant for Repairs

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The Paducah/McCracken County Riverport is getting about $150 thousand in state grants this year to perform facility repairs.

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Government
11:29 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Governor Concerned With Drop in Coal Severance Revenues

A drop in coal severance tax revenues has several Kentucky leaders worried. Money from the tax on mined coal is used largely for state, county and city infrastructure projects, specifically in coal mining areas like Eastern Kentucky. House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear say the significant drop in the tax revenue has caught their attention. Beshear says the decline is due to the tough domestic market for Kentucky coal. But he believes exports could cause a rebound. He points out that Kentucky interests recently struck a deal to send coal to India.

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Politics
2:48 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Open Debate on Gun Control, Mental Health is Needed

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In the wake of last week's shooting death of 26 people at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is joining a chorus of public officials who say a national debate on gun control and mental health is needed.

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Politics
11:16 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Gov. Steve Beshear: Law Enforcement Issues with Hemp Must Be Worked Out

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Before he joins the call for legalized industrial hemp, Gov. Steve Beshear wants law enforcement officials to resolve their concerns about the issue.

The issue: Some Kentucky officials believe legalized industrial hemp would be good for Kentucky's economy, but law enforcement officials are concerned that such a move would conflict with efforts to crack down on marijuana growers.

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Government
1:50 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kentucky Gets Federal Approval for State-Based Health Exchange

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After months building a state-based health exchange, Kentucky officials have been told that the federal government has given approval to their work.

Despite objections from Republican lawmakers, Kentucky officials quickly began working on a state-based exchange --- a part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Hemp Industry Won't Grow Overnight, Agriculture Economists Say

As Kentucky and federal lawmakers consider legalizing industrial hemp, the chair of the University of Kentucky's agriculture economics department notes that such an industry won't rise overnight.

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