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8:11 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Conservative Kentucky Group Joins Lawsuit Against IRS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A conservative Kentucky group that was targeted by the IRS last year is now suing the agency and the federal government.

The Kentucky 9/12 Project, with help from the American Center for Law and Justice, is joining  conservative groups from other states in filing suit.

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7:33 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Prefer Judges Not Do Redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- House Republicans who would take a shellacking under a redistricting plan proposed by Democrats insist they still want to avoid having federal judges redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.

The House's Democratic majority has a proposal ready that could force 11 House Republicans to run against each other next year. And Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has said he plans to call lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special legislative session later this year to deal with the issue.

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1:01 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Number of Kentucky Babies Born Addicted To Drugs Increases

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Health officials, health care workers and drug control professionals are talking about the problems surrounding Kentucky babies who are born addicted to drugs.

The Courier-Journal reports that hospitalizations for addicted newborns rose from 29 in 2000 to 730 in 2011, a 2,400 percent increase.

At a meeting last week in Frankfort, about 75 experts on the subject said there are encouraging signs despite the numbers.

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12:25 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Coal Jobs In Kentucky At Lowest Point Since 1950

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A state report shows the number of coal jobs in Kentucky has dwindled to its lowest point since 1950.

The Lexington Herald-Leader cited data from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in reporting that the 13,109 people worked in the coal industry during the first quarter of 2013. The newspaper reports that is the least amount of workers since state officials began keeping records in 1950.

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Local/Regional News
2:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Report Says More Woes For Appalachian Coal Mining

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A new report says hard times are expected to continue for the coal industry in Central Appalachia, which at one time was the hub of the nation's coal production.

Coal business in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia is facing declining reserves, higher production costs and competition from other coal basins and natural gas.

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9:16 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Abuse Panel To Issue First Report This Year

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A panel appointed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to review cases of severe child abuse and neglect says it expects to issue its first report later this year.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel began meeting last November after Beshear created it through an executive order.

As part of its responsibilities, the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel is required to issue an annual report that includes suggestions for changes that could improve child welfare.

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2:33 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Kentucky Reports Decline In General Fund Revenue

FRANKFORT, Ky.-- Kentucky faced huge declines in revenue from key tax sources in April despite a rebounding national economy, the state's top budget official said Friday.

State Budget Director Jane Driskell released a monthly revenue report showing that corporate income tax revenue fell by nearly 90 percent in April compared to April 2012 levels.

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Local/Regional News
10:18 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Despite Law, Some Families Lack Autism Coverage

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- When Kentucky passed a law in 2010 to require insurers to cover autism treatment, Heather Dales felt like a weight had lifted off her family.  Until she billed the insurance company.

Since the law took effect in early 2011, Dales said the plan failed to reimburse her and her husband for tens of thousands of dollars' worth of care. Most of it paid tuition to the Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg, Ky., which she said drastically improved the development of her son, Hunter, now 6.

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10:11 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Toyota Hopes To Produce New Vehicle Model In Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky is in the running to produce an unspecified new vehicle model and add 570 permanent full-time workers at its Georgetown plant, according to details the carmaker provided to state officials to qualify for tax incentives.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved $146.5 million in state tax incentives on Wednesday to help with the cost of the proposed $531 million expansion.

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11:40 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Kentucky School Safety Program's Budget Slashed

Credit The Louisville Courier Journal

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Funding for a school safety program in Kentucky has been cut by almost 60 percent over the last five years.

The Courier-Journal reports funding for the Safe Schools Program has decreased from $10.4 million in 2007-2008 to $4.5 million in the current school year. The funding cut has led to less safety audits being performed at schools around the state by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

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