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Slow Progress in Sexual Harassment Probe
Thursday, December 05, 2013 11:00 AM
A special legislative committee investigating claims of sexual harassment by a former lawmaker has concluded a closed-door meeting without issuing any findings. The panel convened Thursday morning in Frankfort for its first meeting since October. Chairman Jeffery Donohue, a Democrat from Fairdale, said the panel will meet again next Thursday as it trudges ...
Big Rivers Laying Off 165 Employees
Saturday, December 07, 2013 10:00 PM
Big Rivers Corp. says it expects to trim its workforce by 165 positions when it idles two generating plants. The Messenger-Inquirer reports that the western Kentucky utility sent layoff notices to employees on Thursday. The layoffs are part of the utility's continuing adjustment to the loss of two smelter-customers — Century Aluminum's plants at Hawesville and Sebree. Both plants ...
Students Create Way to Report Bullies
Sunday, December 08, 2013 8:32 AM
Students at a Bowling Green elementary school are coming up with new ways to fight bullying. Rylee Turner and Hailey Crow, who are sixth-graders at Bristow Elementary School, worked with teachers to create a special form online where students and parents can report bullying incidents. Fifth-grade teacher Leah Renfrow told the Daily News that the idea stemmed from a meeting with parents about a ...
Lawmaker Urging Tougher Law for Heroin Dealing
Saturday, December 07, 2013 4:30 PM
A northern Kentucky legislator is calling for tougher jail penalties for heroin dealing, but treatment advocates say the harsher criminal punishments don't help with the problem of addiction. Sen. John Schickel's proposed bill would impose harsher sentences for heroin trafficking. It would also charge any person caught selling heroin of any amount with first-degree ...
McConnell Defends Voting Against Farm Bill
Saturday, December 07, 2013 2:28 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has appeared before Kentucky's most influential farm group to explain his vote against the Senate's version of a new farm bill. The five-term Republican told the Kentucky Farm Bureau's annual meeting Saturday that the legislation to shape farm policy had basically become a food stamp bill. McConnell voiced support for broader work ...
KY's Health Care Call Center Adds Sunday Hours
Saturday, December 07, 2013 9:00 AM
A health care call center is expanding its hours to sign up Kentuckians for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the call center for Kentucky's program, called Kynect, has added Sunday hours to operate from 9 am to 4 pm. Operators will continue taking calls at 1-855-459-6328 from 8 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 4 pm ...
Kentucky's Muhammad Ali Pays Tribute to Mandela
Thursday, December 05, 2013 5:30 PM
Muhammad Ali is remembering Nelson Mandela as a symbol of forgiveness who overcame racial injustice as the boxing great joins in mourning the death of the anti-apartheid leader. An Ali Center spokeswoman in Louisville said Thursday that the two icons met twice, once in South Africa and once in North America. Ali said in a statement released by the Ali Center ...
Former Director Of Drug Task Force Indicted
Thursday, December 05, 2013 9:30 PM
The former executive director of a narcotics task force based in Maysville has been indicted on a charge of taking money from the organization. The U.S. attorney's office in Lexington says 52-year-old Timothy George Fegan of Germantown, Ky., was director of the Buffalo Trace/Gateway Narcotics Task Force and was also a sworn Maysville police officer. He is accused of appropriating thousands of ...
KY Farm Receipts Reach Record High
Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:40 AM
Economist at the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural say the state's farm cash receipts are on a rapid trajectory upward that could reach $6 billion in 2013, just a year after total farm income surpassed $5 billion for the first time ever. They point to strong equine, poultry and cattle markets, combined with bin-busting grain yields, for sending ...
KY Education Chief Warns of Possible Layoffs
Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:23 AM
Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is warning that school districts will have to cut up to 2,000 teachers and teaching assistants if lawmakers don't restore school funding cuts. Media reported that Holliday made the comments Wednesday during a break at the state Board of Education meeting. The Department of Education has asked lawmakers for $336 million more in state funding for the ...
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