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The Kentucky Statehouse

Kentucky Governor’s Pension Plan Passes State House

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s pension-relief proposal has narrowly passed the state House after a more than three-hour debate as a midsummer special legislative session continues. The 52-46 vote Monday was a pivotal test for Bevin’s plan to assist regional universities and quasi-governmental entities strapped by surging retirement costs. Those agencies include… Read More

Gov. Mike DeWine

Governor Vetoes Tax Break For Wealthy Taxpayers Added Late To Budget

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One of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 25 vetoes on the state budget struck a provision that was added at the last minute – a property tax reduction for certain homeowners in one wealthy school district, but not others. Hunting Valley is a village of 700 people just east of the outerbelt around Cleveland. It’s one of the wealthiest communities… Read More

Justice Wants Funds For New US Customs Building in WVa

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says he’s asking for $2 million to help pay for a new U.S. Customs building at Yeager Airport in Charleston. Justice’s office said last week that he asked the Department of Commerce to request the funds from the Infrastructure Jobs Development Council. The council was created… Read More

Kentucky on a map

400-Plus Citations Given for Call-Before-Digging Violations

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky utility regulators say their agency has issued more than 400 citations since assuming the role of enforcing the state’s call-before-you-dig law as it relates to natural gas or hazardous liquid lines. The state Public Service Commission took over responsibility for enforcing the law last July. Since then, the PSC says… Read More

Vehicles drive along the Ohio Turnpike in Strongsville, Ohio.

Ohio Extends Program Helping Drivers Get Licenses Reinstated

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A program that has helped more than 6,500 Ohio drivers get their licenses reinstated after suspensions is being extended until the end of the year. Drivers can apply to have certain license reinstatement fees waived or reduced under the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative. Cleveland.com reports two state representatives, Republican Dave Greenspan… Read More

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin at an event

Officials Will Tour Bevin’s Home Again to Clear Tax Dispute

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Tax officials in Kentucky will get a second tour of Gov. Matt Bevin’s mansion amid a long-running dispute over whether the home is assessed too low for tax purposes. The Courier Journal reports the Jefferson County Board of Assessment Adjustment decided Friday to revisit the 150-year-old mansion. The inspection was requested… Read More

A row of desks in a classroom with a backpack hanging up on the back wall

Total Number of Homeless Students in W.Va. Rises to Over 10K

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The total number of homeless public school students in West Virginia has increased by nearly 1,000 students since the 2017-18 school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Department of Education data for the 2018-19 school year says there are now about 10,500 homeless students across the state. Homeless students are those… Read More

PBS: America’s Home for Documentaries This Fall; Including feature on Laurel Valley Creamery – Gallipolis, Ohio


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Programming Includes Premiere of Critically Acclaimed Filmmaker Ken Burns’s Long-Awaited COUNTRY MUSIC and Peabody Award-Winning Filmmaker Lynn Novick’s COLLEGE BEHIND BARS PBS Schedule Includes New Weekly Contemporary History Series RETRO REPORT ON PBS Along with New Reporting from FRONTLINE, Independent Documentary Strands Debut Compelling New Documentaries with INDEPENDENT LENS “Made in Boise” and POV “The… Read More