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10:24 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Special Redistricting Session Starts Today

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Monday for a special legislative session to redraw boundaries around House and Senate districts.

Expected to last a week, the session is set to begin at noon EDT.

With federal judges watching over their shoulders, lawmakers have put together redistricting proposals that don't include any overt attempts at political one-upmanship.

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Sports
6:45 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Stoops' Troops Still Trying To Find Rhythm

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky's offense got the jump before the Wildcats' defense had the last word during Saturday's first scrimmage at Commonwealth Stadium.

With two weeks remaining before the season opener against Western Kentucky, first-year coach Mark Stoops lamented that his team is still not where it should be at this point.

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Local/Regional News
7:23 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Deal Reached Before The Start Of Nunn Civil Trial

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The mother of the woman former Kentucky lawmaker Steve Nunn was convicted of killing has settled a lawsuit against the gated community in Lexington where the fatal shooting happened in 2009.

One of the attorneys representing Amanda Ross, Perry Bentley, told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Diana Ross, mother of Amanda Ross, and the Opera House Square Townhouse Association reached an out-of-court settlement for undisclosed terms. A trial scheduled to start Monday in Lexington is now canceled.

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Local/Regional News
7:17 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Ky. AG Staying Out Of Same Sex Privilege Issue

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's attorney general is staying out of a dispute over whether a law exempting spouses from testifying against each other applies to same-sex couples, as prosecutors seek to force a woman to take the stand in her female partner's coming murder trial.

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Local/Regional News
12:54 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Tonini Defends Former Emergency Management Head

Kentucky Adjutant General Edward Tonini
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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The head of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs is defending the former head of Kentucky's Emergency Management Agency.

Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, told the Lexington Herald Leader that former emergency management director John W. Heltzel is "an honorable person."

The comment came in the wake of a scathing state audit that found the agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees and created a hostile work environment.

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Local/Regional News
5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Senate Republican Plan Pits No Incumbents Against Each Other

Senate President Robert Stivers

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Republican Senate President Robert Stivers has unveiled a legislative redistricting plan for members of his chamber that would pit no incumbents against each other in upcoming elections.

Stivers said Thursday he expects overwhelming support for the proposal when it's voted on during a special legislative session next week.

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Local/Regional News
4:17 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Analysts Project Modest General Fund Growth Through 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. -Top state budget staffers are predicting meager revenue growth over the next two years in the General Fund.

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Local/Regional News
12:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Ky. Jobless Rate Rises For Third Straight Month

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky's unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in July as the state's civilian labor force shrank, marking the third straight monthly increase in the jobless rate.

The Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that the statewide rate rose slightly from 8.4 percent in June.

The jobless rate has risen every month since April, when unemployment stood at 7.9 percent.

The national unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in July, down from 7.6 percent the prior month.

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Local/Regional News
10:07 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Officials Confirm Gray Wolf Killed In Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says federal officials have confirmed that a gray wolf was killed in Kentucky for the first time in more than a century.

The agency says wolves have been gone from Kentucky since the mid-1800s, so it's a mystery how the federally endangered animal ended up in Hart County near Munfordville in March.

Great Lakes Region wolf biologists said an exam of the animal suggested that it might have spent some time in captivity.

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Local/Regional News
7:37 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Economists To Meet Thursday On Budget Projections

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Several of the state's top economists are scheduled to meet in Frankfort on Thursday afternoon to make projections about how Kentucky's business climate will fare in the year ahead.

Those projections from the economists serving on the Consensus Forecasting Group will be used to predict state government revenue for both the General Fund and Road Fund.

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