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Business
9:17 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Kentucky Adding Jobs at Cautious Pace

As of the end of November, Kentucky had added 35,000 new jobs in 2012.  Companies operating in Kentucky are cautiously hiring more workers as the state comes out of the recession.

Kentucky’s unemployment rate this year dropped below nine percent for the first time in three years. Office of Employment and Training economist Manoj Shanker says many industries, including the manufacturing sector, are hiring employees on temporary contracts.  

“They’re not sure how real and how strong the recovery is," explains Shanker.  "In the case of Toyota, for example, they sell to our domestic market, but they also sell to South Korea and Canada. So they have to look to see what the market is like out there. Are they going to be hit by what’s happening in east Asia and Europe?”

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Education
5:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker Pushing Fast Track College Degrees

A state lawmaker would like to see Kentucky's regional universities "fast track" their degree programs to save students money and get them into the labor force more quickly. Republican Senator Jared Carpenter of Berea says students are piling up debt and taking some courses that really aren't necessary.

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Economy
12:50 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Ft. Campbell Division Commander Hoping Congress Avoids "Catastrophic" Cuts

Soldiers from Ft. Campbell's 101st Airborne Division

If the Army’s 101st Airborne Division Commander knows what impact the upcoming “fiscal cliff” will have on the unit, he’s not saying. Major General James McConville leads the 24,000 soldiers in the 101st based at Fort Campbell. McConville says  he doesn’t want to find out what the automatic defense cuts required by the 2011 Budget Control Act will mean for his soldiers.

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Agriculture
8:29 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Kentucky Law Enforcement Chief Uncommitted About Legalizing Hemp

Kentucky is one of several states considering the legalization of industrial hemp.

Kentucky Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Jerry Wagner says his group hasn't decided on supporting or opposing legalizing industrial hemp. Wagner and other members of the KSA board met with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer Thursday in Frankfort for more information on the subject.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Plans Moving Forward for Veterans Nursing Home in Hardin County

Construction of a new veterans nursing home in central Kentucky could start early next year. Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas says bids for the 120-bed facility in Radcliff will be opened in January.

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Education
8:24 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Kentucky Schools, Parents Await Release of New Testing Data

Public schools across Kentucky will be scored on a scale of 1-100 under the new Unbridled Learning Accountability data to be released on Friday. The top 90 percent of schools will be labeled Distinguished; Proficient for schools in the 70-89th percentile, and Needs Improvement for the remaining schools.

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Regional
10:23 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Kentucky Tax Reform Commission Will Ask for More Time

The Governor's Commission on Tax Reform will likely miss a November 15th deadline. Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson chairs the panel and says progress is being made, but more discussion is needed to finalize a report. 

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Regional
6:25 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Gives Eastern Kentucky Students Another Day Off

The early snowfall is compliments of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast. In Pike County, it's a first for the school system's personnel director Ralph Kilgore.

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Regional
3:04 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Red Cross Dispatches Kentucky Volunteers to East Coast

Even before the full impact of Hurricane Sandy is known, some Kentucky volunteers are on their way to lend a hand. The Bluegrass Chapter of the Red Cross has sent out six trained responders. Two of them are helping out in New York, one in New Jersey, and two others are being positioned in West Virginia.

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Business
7:45 am
Tue October 23, 2012

First Shipment in Kentucky-India Coal Deal Delayed

The first shipment in a huge deal to export coal to India hasn’t yet left Appalachia. The deal was announced in August: Kentucky-based Booth Energy agreed to send up to nine million tons of coal a year to India for 25 years, at an estimated value of $7 billion. The first shipment was supposed to be on its way by the end of September.

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