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A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion's condition has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia during the weekend.

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The Public Service Commission has approved a solar power project planned by Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric in Mercer County.

Deaths and injuries at the nation's coal mines have been declining since a West Virginia underground mining disaster killed 29 workers less than five years ago.  Coal mines are on pace this year to set a new low mark in mining deaths. So far in 2014 there have been 15 coal mine-related deaths, and with less than a month left in the year, the number could stay below the record 18 set in 2009.

Devin Booker had 19 points and No. 1 Kentucky scored the game's first 24 points in an 83-44 victory over UCLA on Saturday.  Aaron Harrison added 15 points, and the Wildcats (12-0) handed the Bruins (8-4) one of their most-lopsided losses ever.

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Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer has hired a new campaign director.  Comer announced in an email Friday night that Edwin King will be campaign director and spokesman for the campaign beginning Jan. 5.

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is putting his political clout behind a proposal to allow local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for big construction projects.  Stumbo and the top House Republican, Jeff Hoover, said Friday they will be lead sponsors of the local-option sales tax proposal during next year's legislative session.

Louisville has become the first city in the South to raise the minimum wage, joining 20 others across the country.

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A holiday-season food drive by Kentucky State Police has brought in 232,011 pounds of food statewide.  State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer started the "Cram the Cruiser" program in 2010 to assist needy families. Since that time, he says the state's lead police agency has contributed more than 500,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches across Kentucky.

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Kentucky's top prosecutor joined other law enforcement officials on Thursday to call for higher penalties for heroin dealers and better treatment options for overdose victims.

Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in November, the lowest rate in more than six years.

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