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9:26 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Public Retirees Could Lose Cost-Of-Living Hikes

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- A legislative group asked to find ways to shore up Kentucky's public pension system recommended Tuesday the repeal of built-in cost-of-living increases for government retirees.

That was among a list of proposals made by the Kentucky Public Pensions Task Force to rein in a growing unfunded liability that now exceeds $30 billion.

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10:14 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Panel Recommends Sales Tax Hike On Cigarettes

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- Smokers would pay more for their cigarettes under a proposal endorsed Monday by a panel appointed by Governor Steve Beshear.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform gave an initial OK to increasing the cigarette tax to $1 a pack from the current 60 cents.

The news wasn't welcomed at Bo's Smoke Shop in Lawrenceburg, where the price for a pack of the most popular Marlboro cigarettes would increase to $5 a pack.

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12:57 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Correspondent Martha Raddatz Returning To Centre

DANVILLE, Ky. -- ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz is returning to Centre College.

Raddatz was in Danville last month for the vice presidential debate at the school. Now Centre says Raddatz will speak at the college's commencement on May 19.

"We're really excited to have someone as talented and as well respected as Martha Raddatz offer advice, insight and inspiration for our graduates this coming year",  said Centre College spokesman Michael Strysick.

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7:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kentucky One Step Closer To Resuming Executions

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  --  Kentucky has moved one step closer to resuming executions - perhaps in the spring - by sending new rules for lethal injections to lawmakers. Once approved, the state will ask the judge who halted executions more than a year ago to lift his order.

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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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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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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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