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Senate Leaders Ask for Special Session
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:25 PM
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he will ask Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session so lawmakers can strengthen penalties for heroin dealers. The Kentucky General Assembly adjourned for the year at midnight Tuesday without passing a heroin bill that had the support of both parties and statewide elected officials. A spokeswoman for Beshear said ...
Jobless Rate Up for 57 Counties in 2013
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:49 AM
Kentucky officials say annual unemployment rates rose last year for 57 of the state's 120 counties but dropped for 51 counties. Meanwhile, the rates for 12 counties stayed the same from 2012 to 2013, and Kentucky's rate of 8.3 percent was also unchanged during the period. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County's annual jobless rate last year was the ...
Lawmakers Toughen Accountability for Districts
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 AM
A bill aimed at strengthening accountability standards for Kentucky's school districts has won final approval from state lawmakers. Legislators voted Tuesday night to send it to Gov. Steve Beshear for his consideration. The final votes came shortly before lawmakers concluded this year's legislative session. The measure requires school finance officers to make monthly ...
Grimes Raises $2.7 Million in First Quarter
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:19 AM
Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds. Grimes' campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said the campaign raised $2.7 million in the first quarter of 2014. McConnell's campaign reported Tuesday it raised $2.4 million in the ...
KY Lawmakers Reach Deal on Road Funding
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:33 PM
House and Senate lawmakers have agreed to a $4.1 billion road spending plan on the Legislature's final day that, if approved, would avoid an expensive special session. The plan includes $5.2 billion worth of projects throughout the state. But as much as 25 percent of that money will not be spent. Lawmakers said they like to include a cushion in case some projects are delayed because of ...
Kentucky State Parks Are Pet-Friendly
Monday, April 14, 2014 1:47 PM
Want to bring your four-legged family member with you when you visit your favorite Kentucky State Park? The Kentucky State Parks welcome pets at 17 state resort facilities. Pet owners can bring pets into lodge rooms and cottages that have been designated for pets. Pet owners will pay a $25 fee for each stay. A limited number of rooms will be available for pets at each park. Upon check ...
Juvenile Justice Bill Clears Legislature
Monday, April 14, 2014 1:20 PM
Legislation aimed at revamping Kentucky's juvenile justice system by locking up fewer minors has been sent to Gov. Steve Beshear. The measure won final legislative approval Monday on a 30-8 vote in the Senate. Republican Sen. Whitney Westerfield says his measure will result in better outcomes for young offenders at a lower cost to taxpayers. He calls it the ...
Eastern KY Park Still Closed Due to Wildfire
Monday, April 14, 2014 8:42 AM
State officials say a southeastern Kentucky park remains closed due to a wildfire. Kentucky Department of Parks spokesman Gil Lawson told the Lexington Herald-Leader that park officials were hoping that rain would help control the blaze at Kingdome Come State Park, but none had arrived by midmorning on Monday. He said officials are hoping overcast skies will produce rain by later in the ...
Ichthus Festival Delays Re-Launch Until 2015
Monday, April 14, 2014 8:07 AM
Organizers behind the Ichthus Music Festival say the relaunch of the long-running Christian music festival has been delayed until 2015. Organizers said they were planning to hold the festival again this year on June 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Lexington media cited an online posting organizers made Saturday saying they decided to cancel it after complaints that many would be unable ...
Apply Now For Kentucky Farmer of the Year
Sunday, April 13, 2014 3:50 PM
The 2014 Kentucky Farm Bureau “Farmer of the Year” application process is now open, and the organization is seeking the Commonwealth’s finest nominees for this prestigious award. KFB initiated the awards program as a way to recognize its members for their commitment to excellence in agriculture, efficiency in farming practices, sound financial management and ...
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