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J. Patrick Kerr, 43, of Paducah has pled guilty to all charges in a federal indictment accusing him of theft and embezzlement of property.  David J. Hale, U-S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, says Kerr and 52 year old Susan H. Wilson, also of Paducah, embezzled and stole about $200,000 in Convention Center funds.

The two-year transportation budget passed by the Kentucky House Friday includes money to repaint the Glover H. Cary Bridge that connects Owensboro to southern Indiana. Daviess County Representative Tommy Thompson confirmed to WKU Public Radio this morning that the roads plan that passed the House contains $8.5 million for the bridge paint job, which is half the amount needed for the project.

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Leaders of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and the US Commercial Service say there is significant potential for increasing exports from Kentucky, and they will work together to provide information and training to local businesses wanting to try the global market. 

Assistant Warren County Attorney Jamie Spinks has been named the 2012 ATHENA Young Professional by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Time Warner Cable has completed its purchase of Insight Communications, and changes to branding and service will begin over the next few months.  Time Warner paid $3 billion for Insight and will absorb more than three quarters of a million Insight customers in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.  Time Warner will also take over Insight's operations. That means some jobs will be redundant and those positions will be lost.  Time Warner spokeswoman Mary Jo Green says it's too soon to tell how many employees will be let go.

A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that the 1998 National Settlement between 46 states and 19 tobacco companies is valid and doesn't amount to a conspiracy or anti-competitive behavior by the government. The U-S 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected claims from General Tobacco, a now-closed company based in North Carolina. The company had claimed the agreement it was misled into taking part in the agreement, causing it to effectively shut down five years later.

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Daviess, Warren, and Woodford Counties have qualified for "work ready" certification, according to Governor Steve Beshear. The designation means the communities have local workforces that are ready for existing and future jobs.


A Louisville lawmaker is looking to enhance job creation in Kentucky’s auto industry by amending a law that's already on the books. House Speaker Pro Temp Larry Clark has filed House Bill 400 to update the 2007 Kentucky Jobs Retention Act, which helped bring 3,000 jobs to Ford plants in Louisville.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has put together a bipartisan group of 23 Kentuckians to serve on his tax commission. The group is made up partially of lawmakers from each party, although they won’t be able to vote on commission issues.

A newly-formed coalition of businesses, unions and education groups have teamed up to get a constitutional amendment for gambling on the ballot in Kentucky.

The group is called the Kentucky Alliance for Jobs. It's a 501(c)(4), meaning it can raise money and advertise to support casino gaming.

The alliance is led by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Dave Adkisson says the coalition is large and diverse, and the members don't always get along.