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11:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Whitfield on Eggner's Ferry Bridge

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, released the following statement today on the Eggner Ferry Bridge:

“I understand the impact the closure of the Eggner Ferry Bridge is having on many aspects of the lives of those who use it; ranging from the inconvenience of a longer work commute to a potentially life threatening situation of delayed emergency services or medical care. That is why I am working to ensure all federal agencies with jurisdiction remain on top of this incident.

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10:25 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Lawmakers Urge Inclusion of Tobacco in Free Trade Agreement

Kentucky lawmakers are protesting a current trade agreement that they say would hurt tobacco.

The U.S. is currently negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, which includes countries like New Zealand, Peru and Vietnam. But the lawmakers say the proposal excludes tobacco protections.

At a news conference in Frankfort today, Democratic and Republican lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to add provisions for tobacco to the agreement.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says including the crop will help Kentucky farmers.

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10:11 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Kentucky Special Election Procedures May Change Soon

Changes to Kentucky's special elections procedures could be imminent.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is supporting a bill to reduce the number of polling places for uncontested special elections for legislative seats.

Grimes says the change will save money for her office, county clerks and taxpayers.

"This means that if an uncontested special election is to occur that the voting doesn't have to occur at the numerous precincts through the county but rather at one location or locations designated by the county Board of Elections," Grimes said.

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1:48 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Delta Mariner Moved from Site of Bridge Collision

Angela Rowlett

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

 

The Coast Guard has approved the transit of the Delta Mariner to a safe harbor on the Tennessee River today.

Salvage workers successfully cut the Delta Mariner free from subsurface bridge debris at 10:15 a.m., and will continue removing remaining portions of the bridge from the bow of the ship once it is safely secured a mile from its current location.

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12:38 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

People Around the Region "Shakeout" in Earthquake Drill

Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of the last of the big New Madrid earthquakes that occurred from 1811 through 1812.  To mark the date, emergency management officials are holding their second annual large-scale earthquake drill.  Kentucky and Indiana are among 9 states that are directly taking part in the Great Central U.S. Shakeout.   Kentucky's Earthquake Program Manager, David Davis, says there are two reasons for the exercise. He says,

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3:48 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Education Budget Cuts Will Slow Down SB1 Implementation

Frankfort, KY – More cuts to Kentucky's education budget will slow down the implementation of a landmark reform law.

Senate Bill 1 is a wide-ranging education law that replaced Kentucky's school testing system with stronger tests and content standards. Currently only English and math standards have been developed. And with a 4.5 percent cut planned for the Department of Education in Governor Steve Beshear's latest budget proposal, new standards in other subjects are going to be delayed.

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3:16 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

State Budget Director for Tax Amnesty Program

Murray, KY – Amnesty could again be granted to Kentucky's delinquent taxpayers. State Budget Director Mary Lassiter says it's been ten years since Kentucky last offered such a reprieve. Once the amnesty period expires, Lassiter says delinquent taxpayers will feel the full force of the law.

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1:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Kentucky Will Receive NCLB Waiver

Frankfort, ky – Kentucky s Commissioner of Education is confident the commonwealth will receive a waiver from No Child Left Behind standards.

Terry Holliday has been in direct talks with federal officials, and he says a big announcement confirming the waiver is coming next week.

We re in great shape. We ve been talking with the Department of Education," Holliday tells KPR. "We re about 100 percent confident we ll be granted a waiver. It ll be announced next week.

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10:55 am
Wed February 1, 2012

House Passes Bill to Promote 'Green Cleaning'

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8:49 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Prescription Drug Summit

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