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11:51 am
Fri March 8, 2013

40 Hikers Rescued; Were Lost on Ky. Mountain

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — More than three-dozen Pennsylvania college students visiting Kentucky for a mission trip got lost after their hike unexpectedly stretched into the night, prompting an hourslong effort to rescue them from rough terrain and freezing temperatures, officials said Friday.

The group apparently got disoriented when it got dark while they were hiking near Bad Branch Falls, a state nature preserve near Whitesburg, officials said.

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6:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Lawmakers Look For Common Ground On Pension Issue

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House and Senate leaders were optimistic Thursday that they could find common ground on government pension reforms as they move into the final days of a legislative session.

One of the major sticking points is a Senate proposal to create a 401(k)-like retirement plan for new employees. The House adamantly opposes it.

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4:31 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Bill To Save Christian Health Care Plan Revived

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A House committee has passed a bill that would exempt a Christians-only health care ministry from insurance regulations.

The move by the House Banking and Insurance Committee came Thursday afternoon, just minutes before the Senate Banking and Insurance committee voted to confirm the appointment of Insurance Commissioner Sharon Clark.

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2:44 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Auditor: Ex School Leader Got Unapproved Benefits

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky's auditor says a former northern Kentucky school superintendent received nearly $224,000 in unauthorized benefits and payments during an eight-year period.

The review by state Auditor Adam Edelen says former Dayton Independent Schools superintendent Gary Rye was reimbursed $146,276 for his personal retirement contributions and service credit purchases - benefits not included in his contract.

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10:03 am
Wed March 6, 2013

GOP Lawmakers Would Run Against Each Other Under Redistricting Plan

Kentucky's state House districts under a newly proposed plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky redistricting plan would pit Republican against Republican in the next election cycle.

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1:09 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Beshear Signs Changes To Prescription Drug Law

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  Governor Steve Beshear has signed legislation that modifies Kentucky's new prescription drug law.

The second-term Democrat took the action on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after it received final passage in the Legislature. He boasted of a bipartisan effort to tweak the law that had unintended consequences for patients in institutional settings.

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7:48 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Central Ky. Mining Equipment Plant Laying Off 150

MILLERSBURG, Ky. - A central Kentucky mining equipment plant is laying off 150 employees by October.

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7:50 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Indiana, Kentucky Brace for New Casino in Cincinnati

Horseshoe Cincinnati

CINCINNATI - Officials in Indiana and Kentucky are bracing for a loss in tax revenue after Ohio's latest casino opens Monday in downtown Cincinnati.

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9:37 am
Thu February 28, 2013

State Appoints Manager for Monticello Schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Department of Education has appointed a state manager for the Monticello Independent school district.

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3:15 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

House Committee Approves Pension Reform Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Revamped legislation intended to shore up the state's pension system for state and local government retirees in Kentucky has cleared a House committee.

The measure removes a Senate provision that would have created a 401(k)-like plan for new hires.

The House State Government Committee voted 17-1 to send the legislation to the full House for consideration. Ten lawmakers passed during the committee vote.

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