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Josh James / WUKY

Supporters of independent gubernatorial contender Drew Curtis gathered in Lexington Monday night to celebrate the digital entrepreneur’s official entry into the race.

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Kentucky businesses will save about $165 million on federal unemployment taxes because state leaders have paid off a $972 million federal loan. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said state officials paid off the loan two years ahead of schedule. Kentucky began borrowing from the federal government in 2009 when a combination of high unemployment and fewer jobs meant more people qualified for unemployment benefits than the state had money to pay.

A panel of University of Kentucky experts studying the effects of substance abuse during pregnancy shared their research with the Senate Bill 192 Implementation Oversight Committee Monday morning. 

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Drew Curtis has filed paperwork to run as an independent candidate for governor in November.  The businessman from Versailles says he collected more than 9,000 signatures supporting his candidacy. State law requires him to have at least 5,000 signatures from Kentucky registered voters to qualify to appear on the ballot.

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Disagreements over the original intent of a needle exchange provision in this year’s anti-heroin bill have split lawmakers largely down party lines in Frankfort – and it appears those differences also extend to the candidates vying to become the state’s next top law enforcement official.

Small Plane Crashes Near Highway 127

Aug 10, 2015
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A pilot of a small single-engine aircraft that crashed in Boyle County last night was able to walk away without any injuries. 

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As teachers, principals, and administrators prepare to reopen the school doors across the Commonwealth this month, State Auditor Adam Edelen is releasing a checklist of sorts for districts wanting to avoid the kind of special examination Fayette County Public Schools faced in 2014.

AP

Spurred by the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy is bringing a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer to campus to keynote a voting rights conference.

Tom Godell / WUKY

Mason Miller, an attorney representing the city of Lexington, says CentrePointe developers have hammered out an agreement with a third party that could take the delayed project off pause.

Laurel County Man Wanted For Deadly Accident

Aug 7, 2015

A Kentucky truck driver has landed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s “10 Most Wanted” list. 

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