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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Arts Council Grants Focus on Seniors

The Kentucky Arts Council is encouraging groups to apply for a new round of grants aimed at arts programming for those who are 65 and older. The maximum amount of a grant is $10,000, and it requires matching funds.

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Regional
8:37 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Mammoth Cave National Park Chief Interpreter to Retire

The chief of interpretation at Mammoth Cave National Park has decided to hang up his Smokey Bear hat and retire. Mike Adams, who has been with the National Park Service since 1973, said the completion of the new Mammoth Cave visitor center prompted him to make the decision.

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Access to independent grocers
9:36 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Tennessee Task Force to Address "Food Deserts"

Fresh produce

A task force in Tennessee is trying to encourage independent grocers to locate more outlets in low-income areas. The Tennessee Grocery Access Task Force is a coalition of more than 50 private and public sector groups who want to see a financial incentive program developed to encourage independent grocers to locate in so-called "food deserts."

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Elections
10:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Candidates Picked to Run for Seat Previously Held by David Williams

Democrats and Republicans have nominated candidates to run for an open Senate seat in southern Kentucky. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that officials from each political party had separate meetings on Thursday and approved the nominations of Republican state Rep. Sara Beth Gregory of Monticello and Democrat Bill Conn, a teacher in Williamsburg who is making his first run for public office.

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Regional
10:51 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Evacuation Lifted Near Jefferson County Derailment Site

Authorities have lifted an evacuation order for homes near an area where crews are cleaning up after a train derailed. The Courier-Journal reports that residents were allowed to return to their homes Thursday night and that Dixie Highway, which had been closed, was reopened.

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Economy
8:36 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Kentucky to Delinquent Taxpayers: Amnesty Ends Soon

The deadline is nearing for delinquent Kentucky taxpayers to take advantage of an amnesty period. Kentucky officials say this is the first amnesty period in 10 years and allows people to pay taxes that are due without paying fees or penalties and having the interest reduced by half.

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Regional
8:33 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Winning Firm Picked for Massive Ohio River Bridges Project

An artist's rendering of what the Ohio River bridges project would look like upon completion.

Kentucky transportation officials say a team headed by Chicago firm Walsh Construction Co. is the apparent winner of bidding to build a new bridge over the Ohio River between downtown Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. The Transportation Cabinet said the proposals were scored Thursday in Frankfort.

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Health
12:55 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Ramsey: Keep Options Open on Tennessee Health Exchange

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he expects fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to announce by Friday's deadline that Tennessee will move ahead with plans to create a state-run health insurance exchange.

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Economy
9:55 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Owensboro Leaders Tout New Interstate Study

In Kentucky's fourth-largest city, there's no instant access to an interstate seen as a magnet for job growth, but officials in Owensboro are riding hopes that a new study will put them on a path toward becoming aligned with a highway running from Tennessee to Michigan.

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Regional
9:49 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Fairness Ordinance Proposed in Kentucky City

A statewide gay rights organization says the Shelbyville City Council is being asked to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance. The Fairness Coalition says some residents of the town of around 15,000 will ask the council Thursday night to consider the measure.

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