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Escobedo Case Referred For Detenuring Consideration

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The case against English Professor Dr. Andrew Escobedo will be sent to OU’s interim president for detenuring consideration, according to university documents. In a letter provided to WOUB by the university, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit referred the sexual harassment claims against Escobedo to Interim President David Descutner for consideration of detenuring procedures…. Read More

Bill Would Split Local Government Pension Funds in Kentucky from KRS

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Local government pension funds would break away from the Kentucky Retirement Systems under a bill headed to the Kentucky Senate after winning committee approval. Republican Sen. Joe Bowen of Owensboro, the bill’s lead sponsor, says the separation would allow state leaders to focus on chronic funding woes for state pension funds…. Read More

Committee OKs Bill Making it Easier for Felons to Get Jobs in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Senate committee has advanced legislation aimed at making it easier for Kentuckians with criminal records to land jobs in an effort to reduce the state’s prison population. Criminal offenders could no longer be automatically denied a state-issued occupational license under the bill that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday…. Read More

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Ohio, Wisconsin Kick Start Interstate Talks on Trump Effect

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Republican legislative leaders from Ohio and Wisconsin are joining forces, and hoping to enlist others, as they prepare for massive changes in how the federal government under President Donald Trump deals with states. Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will discuss the effort Thursday in Ohio…. Read More

Cincinnati Facing Projected $25M Budget Shortfall Next Year

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CINCINNATI (AP) – A $25.1 million shortfall has been projected for Cincinnati’s upcoming budget, and the city manager is recommending most departments prepare to make 10 percent budget cuts. City Manager Harry Black made the recommendations in a memo to the city council. Black also recommends that public safety departments, including police and fire, prepare… Read More

New Director Of Kentucky Environmental Education Council Named

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Billy Bennett has been named the executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Education Council. Bennett was formerly the director of the Center for Environmental Education and part-time faculty in the College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University. A release from Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet says the council was established… Read More