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11:29 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Owensboro Seeing Upswing in Tourism Dollars

The Glover Cary Bridge in Owensboro

Owensboro's tourism economy took a pounding after its largest hotel, the Executive Inn Rivermont, closed in 2008 as the national economy started to falter, but now things are looking better. The Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is funded primarily by a hotel room tax, brought in $587,567 at the end of this fiscal year --more than the $512,000 budgeted.

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Politics
11:08 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Beshear Expecting Improved Relationship with GOP-Led Senate

Plagued by strained relations with the former Republican leader of the state senate, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said he expects a better rapport now that a new GOP leader is in place. Beshear told reporters Friday he's "excited" about the prospects for collaboration.

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Health
12:42 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Pain Clinic Owner Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering in Kentucky

A man who owned pain clinics in Florida and Ohio has pleaded guilty in Kentucky to a federal charge of conspiracy to launder money. The U.S. Attorney's office said in a statement that 38-year-old Jody L. Robinson of Portsmouth, Ohio, entered the plea in federal court in Covington.

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Education
11:15 am
Fri November 30, 2012

College Application Week Wrapping Up in Kentucky

Kentucky College Application Week is coming to a close. Friday is the last day for this year's weeklong program that helps Kentucky high school seniors navigate the sometimes tricky college application process.

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Economy
2:46 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stumbo: Kentucky Gambling Bill Can Start in the House January

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer demanding that any legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling in Kentucky start in the Senate. "That line in the sand doesn't have to be drawn anymore," Stumbo told reporters during a Capitol press conference on Thursday. "I don't care if it's a House bill or a Senate bill."

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Environment
1:13 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Coal Plant's Upgrade to Create 700 Jobs

LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station

State leaders say a nearly $1 billion project to update pollution controls at a massive Louisville power plant will be a boost for Kentucky's coal industry. The upgrades at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County are expected to add about 700 construction jobs. They will also allow the 1,400-megawatt plant to continue to burn coal by meeting stricter federal air regulations that go in force in 2016.

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Economy
10:19 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Expert: Ending Tax Break Would Hit Tennessee Hard

A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee would be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dr. Stan Chervin updated Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials, saying states that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended.

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Economy
8:14 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Kentucky Tax Reform Panel's Last Meeting Set for Next Week

What is expected to be the final meeting of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform has been set for next week in Frankfort. Members will be finalizing their recommendations for reforming Kentucky's tax code in the meeting that's set for Dec. 6.

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Health
12:55 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky Panel Reviewing Child Deaths Won't Get Full Look at Files

A panel created to review child deaths and severe abuse or neglect cases will have access only to files that have been redacted. The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal report the announcement on at the group's first meeting caused concern from some members, such as Sen. Julie Denton, who said it might be difficult for the commission to accomplish its purpose.

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Business
11:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Mine Closure to Impact Southern Illinois Area

coal

A community in Southern Illinois will soon feel the impact of plans to close a coal mine. Peabody Energy has announced that it will permanently close its Willow Lake Mine near Harrisburg.

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