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11:49 am
Thu September 19, 2013

McConnell Again Invokes War On Coal In Proposing New Jobs Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky.— Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Congress to pass legislation to ease federal regulations on coal mining.  He wants Congress to pass a bill he’s dubbed the Saving Coal Jobs Act.

"The first part of the bill would prevent the EPA from regulating carbon on new and existing coal plants, the second would force the EPA to stop stalling on mining permits," McConnell said in a Senate Floor speech Thursday.

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9:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan To Speak At UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The U.S. Supreme Court's newest member will make an appearance at the University of Kentucky later this week. UK said Wednesday that Justice Elena Kagan will speak at the Lexington campus Thursday evening as part of a lecture series.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Singletary Center Recital Hall.

Kagan, at age 53, is the youngest member of the nation's high court. She was appointed in 2010 by President Barack Obama. She previously served as solicitor general of the United States and dean of Harvard Law School, among other accomplishments.

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11:40 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Lawmaker's Resignation Doesn't End Committee Probe

Democrat Representative John Arnold of Sturgis resigned from the Kentucky Legislature late last week
Credit Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A western Kentucky lawmaker who resigned last week still faces the possibility of censure from his colleagues if allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers are proven.

An investigative committee pressed ahead Tuesday with an investigation into the conduct of former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis who announced his resignation in a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear last week.

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8:51 am
Tue September 17, 2013

James River Shuts Down Coal Production In Ky.

RICHMOND, Va. -- James River Coal Co. is laying off 525 full-time employees and shutting down production at several mines in eastern Kentucky due to continued weak coal markets.

The Richmond-based company said Monday night the layoffs occurred at operations at the McCoy Elkhorn complex in Pike and Floyd counties, the Bledsoe complex in Leslie and Harlan counties, and the Long Branch Surface mine in London, Ky.

James River says the restart of the operations is subject to market conditions.

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9:50 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Public Input Sought On Area Around Rupp Arena

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Public input on the new look and reinvention of the area around Rupp Arena in Lexington is being sought at a meeting in Lexington.

The forum is set for Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Theatre at 214 E. Main St.

The lead architect on the arena project, Robert Mankin of NBBJ, and Kate Orff from SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE will offer a brief presentation and hear suggestions.

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9:40 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

100 Or More Ky. Bridges Deteriorating, Could Collapse

The Brent Spence Bridge between Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky carries thousands of vehicles every day across the Ohio River
Credit Middletown Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- More than 100 Kentucky bridges have advanced deterioration and are at risk of collapsing, federal records show, and the head of the state's transportation agency blames the situation largely on increased, heavier traffic since the bridges were built.

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Sports
4:40 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Early Miscues Doom Kentucky In Gov's Cup Loss

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Senorise Perry ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Teddy Bridgewater overcame a shaky start to pass for 250 yards and No. 7 Louisville scored on four consecutive drives to pull away from rival Kentucky for a 27-13 victory on Saturday.

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4:43 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Embattled State Representative Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - An embattled lawmaker who faced the possibility of censure or expulsion from the General Assembly because of allegations that he sexually harassed legislative staffers resigned Friday.

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11:20 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Farmer Pleads Guilty To Corruption Charges

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Former University of Kentucky basketball star turned politician Richie Farmer has entered a guilty plea to government corruption charges in a deal with prosecutors.

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9:26 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Governor Beshear To Implement New Science Standards

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- New science education standards that call for greater focus on teaching the theories of evolution and climate change in Kentucky classrooms will be implemented despite a finding by a legislative panel that they're deficient, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

The Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee found the Next Generation Science Standards lacking and voted 5-1 Wednesday to send them back to the Department of Education for revamping.

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