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Declining returns could cost Kentucky another $168 million in pension assets

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By Rae Hodge KyForward Frankfort reporter   When it comes to solving the state’s complex pension problems, debt isn’t the only factor worth considering. State lawmakers were told Monday that among 10 states with similar pension investment portfolios, Kentucky ranks …

Rae Hodge: 2015 KyForward Reader’s Guide to the Central Kentucky Legislative Caucus

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  Representing an agglomeration of 31 counties in the heart of the state, the Central Kentucky Legislative Caucus is the label for the 32-legislator Bluegrass Area battalion composed of eight state senators and 24 state representatives. The range of interests …

Big majority supports state law protecting dating partners from domestic violence

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  By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   A poll found that 80 percent of Kentucky think dating partners should be allowed to get a protective order against a partner who had made them a victim of violence, and the …

Ethics Reporter: Lobbyists spent record
amount during 2014 General Assembly

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Special to KyForward   A record-breaking total of $18.4 million was spent on lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly in 2014, a 3.2 percent increase over the previous spending mark of $17.8 million, set in 2012, and a 34 percent increase …

Traffic Report: Jan. 23 – Jan. 29
A road work heads up for the week

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  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The area around Rupp Arena could be congested on Saturday, January 31, when the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team plays the University of …

LEXPARK will issue refunds for incorrectly assessed late fees on “expired meter’ citations

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A “clerical error” resulted in late fees being assessed on some parking tickets in Lexington from late July 2008 through mid-April 2012, and now the Lexington Parking Authority is issuing refunds to affected citizens.   James Frazier, chair of the …

2014 State of the City: ‘Strong and promising’; Lexington’s Gray touts past, focuses on future

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In his annual State of the City address today, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declared “the state of our city is strong and promising.” To read Gray’s entire speech, click here.   From Office of the Mayor

Transportation program funding for Lindsey Wilson expands travel choices for citizens

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  Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County will be given $160,000 in federal funding for a project to expand transportation choices to citizens in that community.   The funding is through the federal Transportation Alternatives Program. It will be used …

Blue Grass Airport announces newly appointed board officers for 2015

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  The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board announced that it has appointed Larry C. Deener as Chair of the Board for 2015. W.V. Alford Jr. has been appointed as Vice Chair, Elizabeth Woodward has been appointed as Treasurer, and Doris …

Daily Yonder: Times have changed, indeed; how Central Appalachia moved to the right

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  With Central Appalachia firmly in the Republican win column in recent elections, it’s tempting to think that’s always been the case. A combination of coal politics, declining power of unions and – probably – race have contributed to the …

New troopers join force after graduation
from the Kentucky State Police Academy

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    The Kentucky State Police Academy presented diplomas to 69 new troopers at ceremonies held today in Frankfort. Their addition to the force brings the agency’s strength to a total of 910 troopers serving the citizens of the Commonwealth. …

Officials of hospitals and state government
to discuss future of Kentucky health care

  State government and the Kentucky Hospital Association will co-host a summit for hospital CEOs, hospital board members and other elected officials and decision makers on the future of health-care delivery in Kentucky on the afternoon of Jan. 29 at …

Mayor to deliver State of the City Address Jan. 20; speech to air on GTV, stream online

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  Mayor Jim Gray will deliver his annual State of the City Address at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Patterson Ballroom of the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel.   Hosted by the Lexington Forum, the event is free and …

Traffic Report: Jan. 16 – Jan. 23
A road work heads up for the week

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  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The area around the Lexington Convention Center and Heritage Hall could be congested on Monday, January 19, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. …

Small businesses drawn to state through research and funds-matching programs

  Nine high-tech companies have been awarded $2.7 million as part of a program to support and attract technology-based small businesses to Kentucky.   The companies are receiving funding through the state’s competitive Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business …

Kentuckians can start e-filing taxes Jan. 20;
refund will get back to you months sooner

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  If you can’t wait to get your 2014 tax refund, then filing a tax return online is the fastest way individuals can get it – usually within 10 days as compared to potentially two to three months.   Kentucky’s …

Advocates must sell health reform as political winds blow, Lt. Gov. Luallen tells gathering

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Kentucky Health News   Advocates of health reform must arm themselves with information about its success in Kentucky to fight back against its critics as the 2015 gubernatorial election looms, Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen told them at the Kentucky Voices …

New program allows 26 Central Kentucky law enforcement agencies to share jurisdictions

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Twenty-six Central Kentucky police chiefs and sheriffs have created the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System, or BACKUPPS, allowing those law enforcement agencies to share jurisdictions.   “For an eternity,” Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary J. Michael …

In committee, Sen. Hornback says give back federal poverty money: Some are ‘happy’ poor

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By Rae Hodge Special to KyForward   Since the Johnson administration occupied the White House, the Community Service Block Grant has been delivered into local hands to help people submerged in poverty.   State government has little, if any, say …

General Funds receipts are up $5 million from 2013; may not reach year’s budget estimate

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  The Office of State Budget Director reported that December’s General Fund receipts rose 0.5 percent compared to December of last year, an increase of $5 million.   Total revenues for the month were $917.6 million, compared to $912.6 million …