Kentucky

Pensions
6:21 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Why One Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

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It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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Government
6:08 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Bill Signed Granting Protection for Human Trafficking Victims

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill yesterday  allowing individuals forced into prostitution through human trafficking to have their records expunged.

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Government
3:22 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Congress Debates Legislative Cuts To Food Stamps Program

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The Kentucky agency that oversees the federal nutrition program, formally known as food stamps, is critical of a piece of Congressional legislation to cut billions of dollars from the program. In western Kentucky, more than 42,000 households in the 1st congressional district receive financial assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP.

Kentucky Community Health Services Assistant Communication Director Gwenda Bond said any SNAP benefit reduction will hurt those using assistance to help meet their nutrition needs. 

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Society
4:33 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky African American Poverty Increase

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The number of African Americans living below the poverty line in Kentucky increased in 2012, while the rest of the state’s poverty data showed little or no change. That’s according to the American Community Survey the U.S. Census Bureau released today. 

More than a third of African Americans were living in poverty in 2012, up three percentage points from the previous year.

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Business
5:50 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Murray State Economist Joins Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group

A non-partisan team of seven economists from across the state, The Kentucky Consensus Forecasting Group, works up projections used for state budget development and long-range planning by the Governor and the Kentucky legislature.  Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Arthur J. Bauerfeind College of Business, Dr. Jim McCoy has begun work with the Group and we learn more about this, with Kate Lochte.

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Society
10:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KY among 6 states in new program to drive health costs down

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Kentucky is one of six states along with Puerto Rico that will participate in a program to help drive down medical costs by targeting frequent healthcare system users.  Staff from the National Governors Association and other experts will help train officials from participating states to develop a plan for super-utilizers. These are patients who may benefit from less costly, more appropriate treatment elsewhere.

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Industrial Hemp
2:50 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

House Passes First Industrial Hemp Amendment In 50 Years

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An amendment to legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research passed the U.S. House Thursday by an eight-vote margin, the first to pass in fifty years. 

The amendment is part of the Farm Bill and allows colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp for academic and agricultural research purposes.  However, it only applies to states where industrial hemp farming is already legal. 

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Society
8:50 am
Wed February 27, 2013

KY Teen Driving Deaths On The Rise

Teen driving deaths in Kentucky doubled last year, according to new research released by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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Society
2:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Gun Control Forum on Sounds Good Friday

Join us for a special one hour Sounds Good forum on Gun Control, with host Chad Lampe. The Friday morning panel discussion airs from 11:00 to 12:00 and includes four stake-holders in the current gun control debate, along with your questions.

When: Friday, February 22 at 11 a.m.

Who:

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Culture
2:32 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Hits Half-Million Visitor Mark

For the first time since its inception, over a half million people last year traveled the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  The new attendance record represents a 15 percent increase over 20-11.  Kentucky Bourbon Trail Experience Director Adam Johnson says there were visitors from all 50 states and over 50 countries.

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