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6:45 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Patriot Coal To Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  --  Bankrupt Patriot Coal Corp. agreed Thursday to become the first U.S. coal operator to phase out and eventually stop all large-scale mountaintop removal mining in central Appalachia under an agreement reached with three environmental groups that sued over pollution from several West Virginia operations.

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6:39 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Judge: LRC Must Pay Legal Fees Of Challengers

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  A judge has ruled that the Legislative Research Commission is responsible for the legal fees of lawmakers who successfully challenged political redistricting in court.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd gave the LRC 30 days to either pay up or appeal his ruling that the agency owes $112,375 for House Republicans who challenged how legislative districts were redrawn and $74,480 to state Sen. Kathy Stein's legal team.

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Local/Regional News
8:24 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Widow Of Judge Given Tainted Shot To Testify

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- The widow of a longtime southern Kentucky judge who died after receiving tainted steroid injections this year is giving her story to Congress.

Joyce Lovelace is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a House committee looking at how an outbreak of meningitis linked to a Massachusetts-based pharmacy could have been prevented.

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Sports
12:12 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Duke Holds Off UK 75-68

ATLANTA  -- Seth Curry scored 23 points and No. 9 Duke held off a furious comeback by No. 3 Kentucky, beating the defending national champions 75-68 Tuesday night in the first matchup between the storied programs since 2001.

Duke (1-1) appeared to be in control, even with Mason Plumlee on the bench in foul trouble. The Blue Devils ripped off a 13-3 run, capped by Rasheed Sulaimon's 3-pointer that made it 58-44 with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.

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10:32 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kentucky Women Humbled By Top-Ranked Baylor

WACO, Texas  -- Sixth-ranked Kentucky was never able to press the issue against defending national champion Baylor.

Brittney Griner and the No. 1 Lady Bears are just that good, and easily passed what was supposed to be their first real challenge with an overwhelming 85-51 victory Tuesday night.

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Local/Regional News
2:57 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Reported in Kentucky

WHITESBURG, Ky.  -- The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled other states nearby.

The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg. Residents in nearby Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia also reported feeling the temblor.

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Local/Regional News
8:35 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Tax Commission Looks At Exemption On Pensions

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  A panel appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to recommend tax reforms is considering a proposal that would result in more retirees having their pensions taxed.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission of Tax Reform, said Thursday members may recommend tweaking a policy that exempts annual pensions of $41,100 or less from taxes. Abramson said commission members are looking at decreasing that exemption to pensions of $15,000 or less.

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Local/Regional News
3:56 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Governor Beshear Sets Election Date For Williams' Replacement

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Steve Beshear has scheduled an election for Dec. 18 to replace former state Sen. David Williams in southern Kentucky's 16th District.

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1:56 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Kentucky Law Enforcement Group Takes Aim At Constables

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  -- Kentucky should abolish the office of constable or strip away its law-enforcement powers because it has outlived its usefulness and is no longer essential to modern law-enforcement work, a group said Thursday.

The move comes after a yearlong study by the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, made up of sheriffs, police chiefs and state police. It found that the 500-plus constables performed one-quarter of 1 percent of all law-enforcement work and received little or no training for the job.

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Local/Regional News
4:24 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Election Fraud Hotline Gets 183 Complaints

FRANKFORT, Ky.  --  Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says the Election Fraud Hotline received 183 calls from nearly 60 counties on Election Day, with the bulk of the questions concerning procedural issues and voting machines.

Conway says before Tuesday's vote, the office received 11 calls alleging vote buying or selling and four more on Election Day. Clay, Knott, Knox and Wolfe counties each produced two of those calls, and the rest were from Adair, Boyd, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Madison and Meade counties.

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