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Economy
7:16 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Report Says Kentucky's Prevailing Wage Law Increases Costs

A new report says Kentucky's prevailing wage law increases labor costs by as much as 51 percent for some public projects.

The Legislative Research Commission said a study of 12 public school projects increased labor costs by about $600,000. A study of 17 state government projects found the prevailing wage law increased labor costs by 6.7 percent.

Democrats said the report was flawed because it did not look at whether the prevailing wage law increased the total cost of construction projects. They argued paying workers higher wages lowers overall construction costs by increasing productivity.

A panel of state lawmakers decided not to adopt the report after a two-hour meeting that featured some heated exchanges. Republicans have generally favored repealing the prevailing wage law while Democrats usually support it.

Regional
7:09 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Tennessee Opposes Supreme Court Gay Marriage Hearing

The Tennessee attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of a ruling last month that upheld the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Instead, it wants the high court to let that favorable ruling stand.

The ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marked a rare victory for gay rights opponents. But because it conflicts with gay marriage decisions in other circuits, legal observers believe it could push the Supreme Court to take up the issue of gay marriage.

In a Monday court filing, Tennessee argues that there is no need for the Supreme Court to review the case because both the 6th Circuit's opinion and Supreme Court precedent recognize the inherent power of the states to define marriage.

Education
7:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Klauber Leaves Owensboro Community College for Alabama

Alabama's largest two-year college, Calhoun Community College in Decatur, has a new president with ties to Kentucky.

The chancellor for Alabama's two-year college system, Mark Heinrich, recommended James Klauber Sr. for the job, and the state school board approved the recommendation yesterday.

Klauber has been president at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Health
7:37 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Transplanted Hand Removed Due to Rare Rejection

Jim Ray of Bowling Green received a right hand and forearm transplant on November 25th. Days later, the transplant began failing and doctors removed the limb.
Credit Jewish Hospital/KentuckyOne Health

A Bowling Green man who had a hand transplant last week has had the hand removed because it was failing.

Dr. Joseph KutzĀ  said in a statement Monday that the 67-year-old man's hand was failing on Sunday and surgeons decided to remove it after consulting with the family.

It's the second time in the Louisville hand-transplant program's 15-year history that a new hand has had to be removed.

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Regional
5:57 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Campaign Aims to Reduce Traffic Deaths in Kentucky

Kentucky State Police officials say the state is at its lowest highway fatality rate in nearly 50 years. Now a KSP campaign is aimed at reducing highway fatalities even more.

The "Finish Strong" campaign urges motorists to wear seat belts, reduce speed, refrain from distractions and never drive impaired.

The project began November 1 with a data-driven strategy that places enforcement details in high crash zones where fatalities have occurred. State police say the effort will continue through the holidays.

Regional
6:38 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Kentucky Program Collects Used Hearing Aids

A new state program is collecting used hearing aids to refurbish and distribute to Kentuckians who have hearing impairments and need assistance. The statewide "Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program" is accepting hearing aids of any age or condition.

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network says donated hearing aids will be either refurbished to like-new condition with a one year warranty, or used for parts. Refurbished hearing aids will be provided to people who qualify through a statewide network of hearing health professionals.

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Agriculture
5:17 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Corn Yields Down Due to Less Rain

Credit Kevin Willis

Corn farmers in south central Kentucky say the dry summer didn't affect crops as much as they feared.

Smiths Grove farmer Chad Elkins, for one, was expecting spotty crops this season but he says that wasn't the case in his fields. Another farmer, David Hunt, says modern crop genetics make the crop better able to handle dry conditions. But Hunt says the low rainfall meant his yield was down to 125 bushels an acre compared to 200 bushels an acre last year.

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Business
4:25 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Lake Cumberland Reports Strong Summer

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Tax revenues and tourist spending were up during the summer at Lake Cumberland thanks to water levels that returned to normal after being down for several years.

Carolyn Mounce, the head of the Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau, says marina operators were happy this season with the lake traffic.

The southern Kentucky lake's dam underwent major repairs beginning in 2007. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Wolf Creek dam, lowered lake levels by 40 feet to ease pressure on the leaking structure. The repairs have since been completed.

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Regional
5:39 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Kentucky Must Explain Lethal Injection Drugs

A judge says Kentucky officials should be prepared to explain how and why they arrived at what drugs to use in a lethal injection and what doses of the narcotics to administer.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd didn't issue an immediate order Monday spelling out how far the state's explanation must go, but he told attorneys during a hearing in Frankfort that attorneys for multiple condemned inmates have a "fair inquiry" about the policy decisions.

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Agriculture
5:22 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Farm Safety Promoted at School Events

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture says events promoting farm safety are planned at high schools across the state.

The Department says Kentucky had 14 farming-related fatalities in 2013, down from 22 in 2011 and 50 in 1995. On a percentage basis, farming remains one of the nation's most dangerous occupations, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Agriculture Department's Farm & Home Safety Program is spreading the message about farm safety with events at Central Hardin High School, LaRue County High School and others.

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