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Today is the deadline for Kentuckians and Illinoisans who need to register to vote in November’s presidential election.  Mail-in registrations in Kentucky must be postmarked by today to be accepted. Voters who’ve moved since the last election should update their registration today as well. Those who have moved to a different county who don’t update their registration won’t be permitted to vote. To register in Illinois, voters must have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election.

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky is on track to meet federal deadlines to create and manage its own health exchange, as mandated by the new health care reform law. That's despite heated debate inside the joint Health and Welfare committee last month over the legality of the governor's executive order creating the exchange.

KY Jobless Rates for August

Sep 21, 2012

Kentucky’s unemployment rate increased last month to 8.5 percent. Up 0.2 percent from July according to the Office of Employment and Training. The national jobless rate, however, fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent during those months.

Kroger is recalling spinach sold at grocery stores in 15 states due to possible Listeria contamination.

The Fresh Selections Tender Spinach was sold in 10-ounze packages and had a "best if used by" date of Sept. 16. The grocer said Wednesday that if customers did buy the recalled product, they should return it to stores for a full refund or replacement.

A Democratic super PAC that was active in last year’'s governor’'s race is taking part in legislative races this fall.  The Kentucky Family Values super PAC was started to help Governor Steve Beshear win re-election. The group has now re-formed under new leadership to influence state House races.

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The federal stimulus package remains a debated item among policy analysts with varying political perspectives.  The subject came up during K-E-T’s Kentucky Tonight Monday.  Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says without the recovery act, the nation would still be in full recession.  He admits there’s still room for economic growth.  “But the reason it’s not growing fast enough,” Bailey says, “is there’s not enough demand.  It’s not about business confidence, it’s about consumer demand.  And there’s not enough consumer demand because there are l too many Americans tha

State seeks to keep Ky. liquor law in place

Sep 6, 2012
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Kentucky officials and a package liquor store are asking a federal judge to stop enforcement of a ruling that would allow grocery stores and other outlets to sell alcohol.  In motions filed Wednesday, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and The Party Source store told U.S.

A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is attempting to end the pension program for legislators.

State Representative David Floyd says Kentucky’s part-time lawmakers shouldn't get pensions. But currently they do, and some lawmakers are able to fatten their pensions by taking higher-paying jobs elsewhere in government, then collecting a pension for the higher salary after they retire.

KY Ed commissioner warns of low test scores

Sep 5, 2012
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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed.  In a teacher newsblog post Tuesday, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new state guidelines adopted for English and mathematics.  Holliday says teachers shouldn’t be discouraged by the low scores, but use them as a basis for improvement.  He says the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same sin

Beshear implements horse racing regulation

Aug 31, 2012
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is using his executive authority to implement a regulation allowing only government veterinarians to administer race-day drugs to horses.  Thursday’s action comes days after the proposed regulation appeared stymied by objections from state lawmakers.  Beshear says it's in the racing industry's interest to let the rule take effect.  Republican State Senator Damon Thayer praised the governor’s action.  He says it sends the message that Kentucky will be at the forefront of efforts to change perceptions about the use of drugs in horse racing.  The regulation woul

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