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Politics
8:16 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers May Change How New Ohio River Bridges are Funded

An artist's rendering of the proposed Ohio River bridges project

The Kentucky Senate is proposing a change in funding for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Governor Steve Beshear's road budget calls for $50 million in spending on new bridges and reconfigured highway interchanges in Louisville. Both the House and Beshear favor using a mix of bonds and federal highway maintenance funds to do so.

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Politics
8:10 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Use of Coal Severance Tax Money Appears to be Major Hurdle for Kentucky Budget Negotiators

Kentucky lawmakers will spend much of the last full week of the legislative session trying to hatch a compromise on budget bills. So far, lawmakers have looked line by line at differences between the House and Senate budget plans. They're looking for changes one side or the other is willing to accept without debate.

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Talks Underway in Frankfort
12:31 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Negotiators Start Talks over State Budget

Negotiators for the Senate and House have started talks to work out disagreements on spending priorities for a new state budget in Kentucky. A group of Representatives and Senators held their initial meeting this morning on the two year, 19.5 billion dollar budget.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
10:00 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky House Speaker Predicts Easy Compromise on Budget Plan

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber's priorities for the next two-year budget are not that different from the Senate's. Both chambers have passed their own budget bills for each branch of state government. The two sides must now work out a compromise. Stumbo says he doesn’t have many concerns with the Senate's changes and he expects a conference committee to hatch a compromise quickly.

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Kentucky's Next Budget
8:18 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Kentucky House and Senate Must Now Find Compromise Budget Plan

After hours of closed-door meetings, the Kentucky Senate approved budgets for the three branches of state government Thursday night. The House previously approved its own versions of the budgets. The Senate kept the House's legislative plan intact but modified the executive and judicial budgets. The two chambers must now form a conference committee to work out the differences.

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Politics
1:00 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Kentucky Lawmakers Work to Save Paducah Plant

Aerial View of Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Kentucky lawmakers are set to pass a bill with the hope it will help a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah stay in operation.  House Bill 559 would allow the Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Paducah to use spent uranium fuel rods and either re-enrich or sell those rods. 

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Drug Tests Included in Pending Legislation
1:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Tennessee Attorney General's Opinion Says "No" to Drug Tests

A Tennessee Attorney General's opinion says the Volunteer State can't broadly drug test people as a condition of their receiving welfare benefits. The opinion, which was issued by the office of state Attorney General Robert Cooper, is a response to several bills that are now pending in the State Legislature.

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2012 Presidential Race
11:13 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Santorum Begins Campaigning in Kentucky

The first page of a letter sent by the Santorum campaign to Louisville Republicans

Rick Santorum's campaign has sent mailers to Louisville-area Republicans asking for their time and money. In the three-page letter, Santorum says he has the best grassroots political operation of any GOP candidate, then he asks for a $35 donation.

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Audit to be Completed Early Next Year
4:08 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Lawmakers Continue Taking Medicaid MCOs to Task for Not Fixing Problems

Kentucky lawmakers continue to chastise three of the state’s Medicaid Managed Care organizations for mismanagement. Representatives of Kentucky Spirit, Wellcare of Kentucky and Coventry Cares appeared before the program review committee today. Legislators wanted to know whether they had solved problems brought up by health care providers in a January committee meeting.

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Scott to Head Division
4:47 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

New Head Named for Division of Abandoned Mine Lands

Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters has named Robert F. Scott to serve as the new director of the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands. Scott comes to the position with an extensive background in engineering, including 26 years with the Division. More recently, he has worked for a Lexington engineering company, creating mine and waterline designs.

Scott's appointment takes effect today. He replaces Steve Hohmann, who was named Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources last month.

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