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Kentucky is following Colorado’s lead by starting a nonprofit education foundation to attract funding for innovative school programs. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is delivering paperwork today to the secretary of state’s office for the new Fund for Transforming Education. The nonprofit’s trustees will meet for the first time Thursday. The Department of Education worked with the Denver-based Colorado Legacy Foundation on the nonprofit. The Colorado group brings millions of dollars into the public school system with programs to improve students’ health and wellness.

Preliminary data presented to the Kentucky Board of Education shows just one in four children in the Commonwealth are ready for kindergarten. Next year all 174 school districts will be required to have kindergarten screening. Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says he expects the number of children not ready to start school will increase then. Associate Commissioner Felicia Smith says fewer than 110 districts participated in this year’s screening, representing 34,500 children. The tests assess the whole child, including social and emotional development.

Kentucky has a new license plate available for sale depicting a world record smallmouth bass. People can preorder the plate commemorating David Hayes’ catch from Dale Hollow Lake in 1955. Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says Hayes caught almost 12-pound fish while trolling near a new boat ramp. The plate will cost $25 and will be available in March. Preorders are being taken until Oct. 20.

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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.

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