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Pension systema s woes could be worse than previously thought -

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:03:11 GMT

Kentucky's public pension system, which officially faces an $18.1 billion unfunded liability, might be in worse shape than previously thought. The bigger potential problem for Kentucky Retirement Systems means taxpayers could be on the hook for much more money to honor pension commitments to about 365,000 public employees, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:48:16 GMT

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit. For more than two years, Alvarado has led the effort to restrict smoking in a state with the highest smoking rate in the country.

Big news for bourbon lovers

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:36:43 GMT

Kentucky residents may want to avoid opening their own stock of Pappy Van Winkle bottles because the bar down the road might pay big bucks for it. On Wednesday, a Kentucky House Committee cleared legislation that would give restaurants and bars the right to purchase unopened, privately-owned bottles of rare liquor.

Ferry closing for maintenance to boat engines

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:22:01 GMT

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said in a news release that the ferry is expected to be closed for one to two weeks while engines on the ferryboat are overhauled. The ferry connects Kentucky 1354 at Hickman with Missouri Route A and Route 77 near Dorena, Missouri.

Inmates at a California men's prison find purpose in beauty school

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:11:03 GMT

The White House and Department of Homeland Security said Friday that they are not planning to use the National Guard to apprehend and arrest undocumented immig... -- When the next Space-X rocket is launched on Saturday, the research of two Kentucky high school students will be on its way to outer space.The research, cond... The governors of Minnesota and South Dakota are set to participate in a National Pheasant Summit in Minneapolis Saturday. Govs. Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Dennis Daugaard... Addressing position needs this recruiting class was what Nebraska did with this recruiting class, and linebacker Andrew Ward fits that bill.

Rep. Harris files legislation to addressescalating electrical rates by Ky. Power -

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:59:49 GMT

State Rep. Chris Harris, joined by a bipartisan team of Eastern Kentucky legislators, filed two pieces of legislation Thursday aimed at reducing electrical rates for Eastern Kentucky customers of Kentucky Power.

Angaleena Presley's New Album to Feature Miranda Lambert Song

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:43:14 GMT

With her upcoming sophomore album, Wrangled , singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley takes direct aim at topics such as discrimination against women in country music and what she terms the "high-school mentality of Music Row and the pain that's just beneath the surface of the road to stardom." Out April 21st on Mining Light/Thirty Tigers, Wrangled was co-produced by Presley with Oran Thornton and is the follow-up to her 2015 debut, American Middle Class .

Immigration Expert's Open Letter to GOP: Dems Thank You for Sending EB-5 Money to Blue States

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:18:57 GMT

I am writing to you on behalf of the Democratic Party to thank you for protecting and prolonging the EB-5 program, which has brought disproportionate amounts of urban investment money to the blue states. Your Olympian ability to overlook the fact that twice as much EB-5 money goes to blue, rather than red, states is admirable as you have presided over the continuing resolutions that have kept this extremely controversial program alive.

The Bottom Line: House Education Chair files charter schools bill

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:17:48 GMT

Kentucky House Education Committee Chairman John Carney on Friday introduced a bill that would allow public charter schools to open in Kentucky in the 2018-19 school year. Wilson most recently passed another "Bill of Rights", Senate Bill 5230 on February 15, her first Senate bill to pass through the chamber and onto the House.

Security camera captures brawl between cop, guard inside Kentucky jail

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:12:35 GMT

But that wasn't the case earlier this month when a jailer came to blows with a sheriff's deputy inside a Kentucky jail. According to a joint statement by the Hardin County Detention Center and the Hardin County Sherriff's Department, the incident occurred on Feb. 8 when Deputy Clennon Smith got into a verbal altercation with Hardin County Deputy Jailer Joe Funk.

Voting Fraud vs. Election Fraud And Claims Of Chicanery In Kentucky By Brendan McCarthy

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:52:51 GMT

This article was produced by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom from Louisville Public Media. Read more at .

Kentucky man accused of shooting at school bus with BB gun

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:22:36 GMT

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Wayne County Sheriff Tim Catron says in a statement that 19-year-old Jonathan Gregory was arrested Wednesday on charges of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief. County school officials contacted authorities about a bus that had been shot in Monticello.

Foster care panels need volunteers in 37 Kentucky counties

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:22:35 GMT

The Administrative Office of the Courts said in a news release that volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse. The panels work to ensure the children are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

Protecting your right to know

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:53 GMT

Our state and its government belong to the citizens of Kentucky and each person has a right to know how his or her tax dollars are being spent. Transparency is required at all levels of government, from the courthouse to the statehouse, at our universities and in our pension system.

Brent Spence Bridge: The time is now

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:26:14 GMT

For over 50 years now, countless vehicles have traveled from Northern Kentucky into Ohio, and vice-versa, on the Brent Spence Bridge. Whether it be to transport goods, travel, or engage in commerce, Brent Spence has been heavily utilized over the years, and this traffic has taken its toll.

Bill could limit school choice in Kentucky

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:03:37 GMT

"I'm glad it passed the committee. It's time for us and students especially in Jefferson County to be able to attend the school closest to their home," says Rep. Kevin Bratcher, R-District 29. "I think there's more information that they need regarding the choices that our parents are able to make," said Dr. Donna Hargens, JCPS.

Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down Lexington panhandling law as unconstitutional

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:22:37 GMT

A bear seemingly all alone is believed to be making himself at home at a wildlife refuge in Madison, Indiana. A bear seemingly all alone is believed to be making himself at home at a wildlife refuge in Madison, Indiana.