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12:28 am
Fri February 6, 2009

Budget Deal In The Works?

Frankfort, KY – Nothing is firm yet, but it looks like the legislative plan will include a blend of cigarette and alcohol beverage tax increases, plus a raid on the state's Rainy Day Fund. But Senate President David Williams doubts the plan will include state employee furloughs, as suggested by Governor Beshear. "We're going to try to avoid furloughs. We believe people have planned on that money being available and we're going to try to avoid that."

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6:59 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Governor Beshear Delivers State of the Commonwealth Address

Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear Wednesday night delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the General Assembly. Watching from the House gallery was Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.

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1:35 am
Thu February 5, 2009

Controversial 9-1-1 Audiotapes Bill Clears Senate Panel

Frankfort, KY – Republican Senator John Schickel of northern Kentucky believes radio and television stations often use 911 tapes to sensationalize coverage of tragic events. His bill would prevent release of the actual tapes, but allow transcripts. "Too often, we hear victims of violent crime and other tragic circumstances being aired on our national and local media, furthering adding to their victimization."

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9:54 am
Wed February 4, 2009

KY Lawmakers Say Tax Talk Not Off The Table

Frankfort, KY – After caucusing for two hours, House Democrats gave their leaders the green light to talk taxes with Senate leaders. All options remain on the table, says Speaker Greg Stumbo. "We believe that further budget cuts to the level that would be required with no new sources of revenue, that it would be devastating to Kentucky's families."

Senate President David Williams agrees. "It appears to me at this juncture that there will be a need for some revenue."

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9:52 am
Wed February 4, 2009

KY Lawmaker Proposes "Disaster Days" For Schools

Frankfort, KY – House Speaker Greg Stumbo says lawmakers are definitely concerned about how school districts will make up days lost to the ice storm. And he predicts help is on the way. "We obviously don't know how bad it is yet, because we don't know when they will be able to go back to school, but yes I think school districts can expect there'll be some attention given to that, and some relief."

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4:10 am
Wed February 4, 2009

KY House Passes New Rules

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9:17 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Kurtz Says A Lot On The Line For KY Gen. Assembly Session

Lexington, KY – Today lawmakers return to Frankfort To Tackle The Budget And Other Pressing Problems, And Governor Beshear Gives His State Of The Commonwealth Address Later This Week. Political Analyst / Commentator Ken Kurtz Talks With Alan Lytle About What We Can Expect. Ken Kurtz Is A Former News Director For WKYT and WLEX TV, And A Member Of The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

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9:10 am
Tue February 3, 2009

Beshear Says Progress Being Made In Storm Aftermath

Frankfort, KY – Governor Beshear says the state is making substantial progress in the massive recovery effort, but one week after the storm first hit, 255-thousand utility customers remain without power. Seventy-three hundred Kentuckians remain in shelters and there are now 24 confirmed fatalities. "We have approximately 10 related to carbon monoxide poisoning. The rest are accidents in hypothermia situations."

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12:59 am
Tue February 3, 2009

The Pros And Cons Of The Economic Stimulus Pkg.

Lexington, KY – Contributing commentator Kiley Lane says Congress needs To get it right this time. Kiley is a video journalist, producer and humanitarian. She has recently returned to Lexington after a half a year abroad and plans to make Lexington her full time home.

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9:23 am
Mon February 2, 2009

Commentator Says Recession Offers Opportunity To Reinvent

Lexington, KY – Commentator Sylvia Lovely says there may be one unintendend, but beneficial consequence to the current economic crisis. Sylvia Lovely is the Executive Director and CEO of the Kentucky League Of Cities, and the founder and president of the New Cities Institute. She currently serves as Chair of the Morehead State University Board of Regents.

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