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Government
11:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This week in KY's General Assembly with KPR's Jonathan Meador

KPR Capitol Bureau Correspondent Jonathan Meador
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The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly continues in Frankfort, and Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador about what lawmakers have been working on this week.

Hear about Governor Beshear's plan for tax reform and whyRepublican House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover wants tax reform negotiations held behind closed doors.

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Culture
3:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire

Left to right: LaRae Watson, 35, Madison Watson, 15, Kaitlyn Watson, 14, Morgan Watson, 13, Emily Watson, 9, Samuel Watson, 8, Raegan Watson, 7 and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson
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In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.  Classmates  mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community. 

Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Hatchett Enters Democratic Race for 1st District U.S. House

Charles Hatchett
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Marshall County real estate broker Charles Hatchett has joined the race for the Democratic nomination to oppose Republican 1st District U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield.  Hatchett filed his paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office today.  He will face Wesley Bolin of Murray in May’s Democratic primary. 

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Government
9:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Gov. Beshear’s Budget Investments for Western KY

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Governor Steve Beshear’s proposed biennial budget includes investments for every community in the state, as well as multiple targeted investments for specific regions. Below is a list of the proposed investments for western Kentucky, including the cities of Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.

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Government
12:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Thayer on KY Even-Numbered Election Year Change

KY State Senator Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown)
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State Senate Majority Leader Republican Damon Thayer says more Kentuckians would cast ballots for governor, attorney general and the Commonwealth’s other constitutional offices if those elections were held in even-numbered years. Thayer says low-voter turnout for such elections ought to give pause to every Commonwealth resident.

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Culture
12:41 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Hundreds Gather at Phil Everly Memorial

Don (right) and Phil (left) Everly in a 1958 promotional photo.
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About 200 people listened to songs and tributes at a memorial service in Powderly this past weekend for Phil Everly, who passed away January 3rd at the age of 74.  With his brother, Don, the duo had 19 Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1962. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

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Government
10:40 am
Mon January 20, 2014

USDA Expanding Poverty-Reduction Initiative

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Ten western counties are among the 73 in Kentucky joining the StrikeForce initiative, a federal program designed to help poor rural communities take advantage of government resources.  The counties in our region are Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hopkins, McLean, Muhlenberg, Todd, and Union. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says StrikeForce coordinates programs in community assistance, nutrition, farming, and resource conservation. 

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Business
10:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

New Business Creation in KY Continues to Rise

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A new federal report shows some good news for Kentucky enterprise.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says, according to the latest available data, the state led the country in new businesses created during the second quarter of 2013.  Governor Steve Beshear's office says almost 6,700 new businesses opened in the Commonwealth in that quarter, many of them businesses with five or fewer employees.

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Government
2:39 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

KPR Capitol Chief Jonathan Meador on KY General Assembly

Kentucky's State Capitol Building
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The opening days of the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly in Frankfort have seen a flurry of activity as lawmakers consider issues like tax reform, education funding, and the budget.  Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Jonathan Meador to find out more about the session and the part our region's legislators are playing there.

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Government
4:08 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

KY General Fund revenue down 3.5 percent in Dec.

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Kentucky officials report a 3.5 percent drop in tax collections for December, but say state revenue is up slightly for the first six months of the fiscal year.  State Budget Director Jane Driskell says December’s General Fund revenue totaled almost $913 million, a drop of over $33 million for the same month in 2012.  Driskell says 2012 collections included a $25 million windfall due to a taxpayer amnesty.  

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