Kentucky

Society
6:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Near Bottom in Child Care Assistance for Low Income Families

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A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly.  Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.

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Government
11:56 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New Program Assists Kentuckians Hard of Hearing

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A new program may increase access to hearing aids for Kentuckians with hearing impairments. The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service, or KATS, Network is accepting hearing aids of any age or condition through its Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program known as SHARP.

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Society
4:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

CHART: Tennessee, Kentucky Among Toughest States to Live in

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Tennessee and Kentucky are two of the toughest states to live in, according to findings from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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Society
12:38 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Kentucky, Tennessee Rank Among Unhappiest States

A new study finds Kentucky and Tennessee as two of the unhappiest states in the country.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Madisonville Chamber Head Participates in National Infrastructure Conversation

Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo
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Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo is in Washington DC this week, meeting with a 140 participant U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee appointed to meet twice a year to discuss the nation's infrastructure issues. Kate Lochte learns more about these issues on Sounds Good, in a conversation with Lingo, how it can affect our roads, waterways and airways.

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Education
6:51 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kentucky Making Progress Toward Top 20 National Status in Education

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The Commonwealth is seeing gains and losses in its race to reach top tier national status in key areas of education. In 2008, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence challenged the state to reach the top 20 by the year 2020.

The committee Wednesday released an update on the state's progress. According to the report, Kentucky is on track to meet the goal in areas like fourth and eighth grade reading, teacher salaries, and Advanced Placement credits. However, the state has lost ground in areas including eighth grade math and the share of higher education costs to families.

Prichard Committee Director Stu Silberman says it's well past time to act on tax reform and put more state resources into education. 

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Environment
6:22 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Where Do Kentucky’s Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on Coal and Climate Change?

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As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?

None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.

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Government
6:27 am
Mon August 11, 2014

State Government Audit Under Review

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An audit of state government by the National Conference of State Legislatures is currently under “review” by Kentucky political leaders but the report hasn’t been made public.

A spokesman for the NCSL says on April 25 a preliminary draft of their report was delivered to Marcia Seiler, the acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, and to members of state House and Senate leadership.

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Society
7:06 am
Fri August 8, 2014

DUI Arrests Down Slightly with Help from Phone Aps

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Messages technology addressing designated driving are working to lower drunken driving crashes in Kentucky according to Director of the state's office of highway safety, Bill Bell, who admits the drop in recent years has been slim.  

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Government
6:15 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Fiscal Courts in Coal Counties Get Refunds

Coal producing counties across Kentucky are receiving refunds from mining permits and acreage fees.
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that 34 fiscal courts in the Commonwealth will receive refunds from mining permit and acreage fees.  Eight counties in our region will receive refunds totaling $58,377.

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