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Ky. Lawmaker: Pension Audit Will Result in Follow-up Legislation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky audit that found two public pension systems falling short of complying with a law requiring more transparency will result in follow-up legislation, a veteran lawmaker said Monday. Republican state Sen. Jimmy Higdon predicted that the next round of legislation in 2020 will try to bring the pension systems in… Read More

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Officials to Launch Higher Education Initiative in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are preparing to launch a program that aims to increase the number of students seeking higher education after high school. The Council on Postsecondary Education says in a statement that the statewide launch of Gear Up Kentucky is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Eastern Kentucky University. Initially, 12… Read More

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the State of the Commonwealth address to a joint session of the state legislature at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky.

Kentucky Governor Faces Pushback Over Use of State Aircraft

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Republican governor has run into turbulence over his use of taxpayer-owned aircraft, creating another distraction for a reelection campaign already dogged by feuds with teachers, struggles over state pensions and a legal fight with his lieutenant governor. Gov. Matt Bevin tried to defuse the air travel controversy late Thursday by… Read More

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Kentucky Unemployment Rate Rises Slightly in August

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says the state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 4.4% last month. The preliminary figure is up from the 4.3% rate in July. Last month’s rate was unchanged from the statewide jobless rate in August 2018…. Read More

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Kentucky Scraps Plan for Distributing Real ID Licenses

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has backed off plans to have circuit court clerk’s offices distribute new driver’s licenses that comply with a federal travel law stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Instead, the state Transportation Cabinet said Wednesday that it will work with Kentucky lawmakers on developing a network of regional offices to… Read More

Near the scene of the miners’ protest in Harlan Co., KY.

Paychecks Cut For Some Blackjewel Miners; Others Still Wait

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West Virginia employees of coal operator Blackjewel LLC have received their final paychecks more than two months after the company declared bankruptcy on July 1. In an agreement reached last week between the Department of Labor and the company, Blackjewel cut paper checks for all owed wages to a few dozen employees working at the… Read More

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Court Document Says Computer Seized from Grimes’ Office

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Attorneys for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes say Kentucky State Police seized a computer from her office this week in an investigation of how she and her aides used voter data. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a motion filed in Franklin County Circuit Court says the computer is that of the… Read More

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Lawsuit Seeks to Remove Kentucky AG Candidate from Ballot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit is alleging the Republican nominee for Kentucky attorney general has not been a practicing attorney long enough to serve. The suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by Joseph L. Jackson of Louisville asks that Republican Daniel Cameron’s name be removed from the ballot. The complaint says the state… Read More