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Families of Fallen Soldiers Get New Home
Sunday, November 23, 2014 10:11 AM
The oldest surviving structure on the Fort Campbell Army post is now being used to help a different kind of survivor: family members of fallen soldiers. Fort Campbell dedicated the Parrish House as the Survivor Outreach Services building as part of Military Survivor Appreciation Week. The structure was built in 1833 and is a plantation-style farmhouse that has been home to all ...
Propane Users Urged to Prepare For Winter
Friday, November 21, 2014 8:15 PM
Another colder-than-average winter could cause propane shortages across Kentucky for a second season in a row. High demand last winter caused the residential rate of propane to roughly double to just over $4 per gallon last winter. State energy officials and a propane industry trade group told state lawmakers Friday that they have urged consumers to fill their propane tanks early, sing ...
Kentucky's Jobless Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent
Thursday, November 20, 2014 4:33 PM
Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped again in October to its lowest rate in more than six years. The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that last month's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 6.2 percent, down from 6.7 percent in September. The statewide jobless rate was 8.2 percent in October 2013. Officials say last month's decline was ...
Waters: Fear Not Criminal-Justice Reforms
Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:00 AM
Politicians often opine about how the latest election results indicate that “the people want us to get something done.” In that spirit, I offer an issue that a Democratic House, Republican Senate and lame-duck governor can – and should – come together on: further reforms to Kentucky’s criminal-justice system. I say “further” because we’ve ...
Officials: 'Brisk Interest' in State Run Exchange
Friday, November 21, 2014 11:11 PM
Open enrollment through kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange, began last weekend, and officials say Kentuckians are continuing to show strong interest. “Kentucky is the hands-down national leader in helping people access affordable health care. Our exchange, kynect, is the gold standard for ease of use and convenience. Today Kentuckians began to review their options ...
Bill Would Let Overdose Victims Avoid Prosecution
Friday, November 21, 2014 3:56 PM
Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow some people who overdose on heroin or witness an overdose to avoid charges if they immediately seek help from public safety officials. Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is sponsoring the bill, said during a press conference in Covington on Friday that it is an attempt to combat the state's growing heroin addiction ...
New KY Juvenile Justice Commissioner Named
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:08 PM
A veteran of Kentucky's juvenile justice system has been named head of the state's department. Justice and Public Safety Secretary J. Michael Brown on Friday said interim commissioner Bob Hayter has been named to the job on a permanent basis. Hayter has held down the position temporarily since April. Hayter joined the Department of Juvenile Justice as a regional director in 2006, ...
Kentucky State Property Goes Tobacco-Free
Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:03 AM
Kentucky state property is going cold turkey on Great American Smokeout day, ending the use of all tobacco products and electronic cigarettes on executive branch state property Thursday. Executive branch buildings were already smoke-free inside. Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order includes all tobacco products and executive branch state property. The changes means sidewalks, parking ...
Judge to Review Sealed Evidence in Terror Case
Friday, November 21, 2014 5:20 AM
A federal judge wants to review sealed evidence against an Iraqi man convicted in a Kentucky terrorism case who hopes to gain access to his complete case file. U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell has ordered attorneys in the case of 27-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi to submit the evidence to him. Hammadi is seeking access to his file, hoping to withdraw his guilty plea to ...
Drop in 2015 Gas Tax 'Crippling' to KY Road Fund
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:02 PM
While drivers may be looking forward to a drop in Kentucky’s tax on sales of gasoline and other fuels on January 1, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says they will have $129 million less to spend in 2015. The decrease reflects a drop in the calculated average wholesale price of motor fuels, as provided under Kentucky law. The decline in the tax will be the fourth drop in the ...
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