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5:11 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Simpson County Gives Final Nod to Right-to-Work Law

Simpson County is now the second county in the nation to pass a local right-to-work law. 

The decision was made official this morning after the second reading of an ordinance in Simpson County fiscal court.  A handful of speakers made the case against the ordinance but county leaders still approved the measure unanimously. 

Warren County passed a right-to-work law on December 19th. 

Right-to-work supporters say it gives workers the choice whether to join a union and pay dues, and it will help bring more business to the area.  Opponents claim it's a union buster and drives down employee wages. 

Fulton County will have the final reading of its ordinance Tuesday evening.

Regional
9:38 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Listening Sessions at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox

Credit Fort Campbell

Army officials are seeking public comment on possible personnel reductions at Fort Campbell.

    A community listening session is set for Jan. 20 at Fort Campbell's Family Resource Center.

   Clarksville, Tennessee, officials are urging area residents to attend and show support for the Army post straddling the Kentucky-Tennessee line. The session will allow residents to voice their opinions to Department of the Army officials about the potential personnel reduction and its possible impact.

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Regional
8:15 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Conway Joins Fight To Protect Soldiers' Finances

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has joined in calling for stricter regulations to protect military members from predatory lending.

   Conway joined attorneys general from Tennessee and 20 other states who submitted a joint letter to the Defense Department urging the stricter regulations.

   The federal Military Lending Act was intended to shield service members from predatory lending practices by capping interest rates and fees on loans to service members and providing other protections.

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Regional
8:14 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Christian Ministry Takes Their Message Right to the Very Heart of It

Credit Answers in Genesis

The Christian ministry that operates the Creation Museum will run a video ad in New York's Times Square during the annual New Year's Eve celebration.

   Answers in Genesis says the 15-second message will be broadcast for seven minutes each day on New Year's Eve and Jan. 1. The video board is located on Broadway between 46th and 47th streets in Manhattan.

   The message begins with the words: "To all our intolerant liberal friends" against a blue background. Then a white cross appears and the message closes with: "Thank God for freedom."

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Regional
4:40 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Resigns, Furthering Speculation Over Gubernatorial Bid

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott says he is resigning from the high court later this week.

Scott said in a statement released Monday that serving on the Supreme Court has been a "great honor,"but says the job "restrains" the court's members from helping find solutions to Kentucky's problems.

Scott declined comment on his reasons for stepping down. The 67-year-old Republican has beenconsidering a run for governor in 2015.

He told the Lexington Herald-Leader last month that if he decided to run, he would immediately resign his seat on the court. Scott's statement says he will step down from the court effective midnight Friday.

The eastern Kentuckian has served on the court for 10 years.

Two Republicans are already in next year's governor's race -- James Comer and Hal Heiner.

Regional
6:35 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Lawmaker Responds To Somerset-Run Gas Station

A Kentucky lawmaker says his hometown city hall intruded into the free market by going into the retail gas business. Sen. Chris Girdler says he's preparing legislation that could shut down the pumps to the public.

The Republican's proposal comes months after the city of Somerset opened a retail gas station. The no-frills venture on the outskirts of town unnerved filling station and convenience store operators.

Girdler says his bill seeks to assure private business that government won't compete for their customers.

Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler says the proposal amounts to an overreaction to something that's working. He says the feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive.

The Girdlers are distant relatives.

Technology
4:27 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Australian Firm Will Help Expand High-Speed Internet Across Kentucky

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:41 am

An Australian private investment company will immediately begin developing a high-speed internet network across Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear announced on Tuesday.

Beshear made the announcement with Kentucky lawmakers and representatives from Macquarie Capital. A team of Macquarie specialists will develop high-speed Internet across the state over the next few years.

“Improved broadband infrastructure is seen as a key to strengthening the region’s ability to build and diversify that economy,” Beshear said in a news conference.

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Regional
9:08 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Tennessee's Gas Tax Time May Have Come

Momentum is mounting for a possible proposal to raise the state's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.

Gov. Bill Haslam told says that he thinks a legislative proposal on the issue is close, and could be introduced in the next General Assembly, which convenes in January.

The push comes as a group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee sent a letter urging Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs. Chambers of commerce also are pushing the idea of increasing the gas tax.

In addition, the Tennessee Farm Bureau no longer lists opposition to a gas tax increase as among its legislative priorities.

Still, the newspaper reports any proposal to increase the tax would face hurdles.

Regional
9:04 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Waiting To Repair Northern Kentucky Bridge Costly

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear says it will cost taxpayers $7 million every month lawmakers do not take action to replace the Brent Spence Bridge connecting northern Kentucky with Cincinnati.

The 50-year old bridge has no emergency shoulder and now carries twice the amount of traffic it was built to handle. But the $2.6 billion project has languished for years because northern Kentucky state lawmakers have adamantly opposed using tolls to pay for the bridge.

But Beshear told the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Monday that waiting five years will cost the state an additional $400 million, using a 3 percent inflation figure from the Federal Highway Administration.

Beshear says he plans to meet with Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich in January to come up with a plan to pay for the bridge.

Regional
2:30 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tennessee Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Over Immigration

Tennessee is joining a multi-state lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday notified the parties in the lawsuit that Tennessee will become the 25th state to join the legal challenge filed in federal court in Texas.

Slatery said in a statement that Tennessee "cannot sit on the sidelines of this case, when unlawful directives of this magnitude grant lawful presence and other rights like work permits to such a large number."

Obama traveled to Nashville earlier this month to tout his decision to extend deportation relief and work permits to 4 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally. His action would affect those who have been here more than five years and have children.

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