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Lexington pets now have temporary shelter when community emergency is declared

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Lexington has new trailers to provide temporary shelters for pets during a community emergency.   “As we’ve seen in other communities, many people refuse to leave their homes for a shelter during emergencies because shelters usually cannot accommodate pets. That …

PVA discussion gets ‘physical’ in Frankfort; use of technology in evaluations is in question

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State law requires Kentucky counties to do a physical examination of all their taxable real property parcels every four years. But with nearly half of all counties in the state using aerial imagery to help meet the requirement, the definition …

Needle exchanges, other controversial provisions of new anti-heroin law discussed

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    A state legislative committee overseeing the implementation of the recently passed anti-heroin law heard testimony about the more controversial provisions of the plan designed to get addicts treatment instead of time behind bars.   The purpose of committee …

Beshear sets vision for Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board with recent executive order

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Gov. Steve Beshear by executive order reconstituted the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, citing the crucial role it will play in giving global companies the competitive edge they need in the Commonwealth.   “The quality of our workforce is the key …

Beshear: Ruling provides clarity; ‘Kentucky will recognize as valid all same-sex marriages’

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  The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling Friday morning bringing an end to the years-long debate over same-sex marriage. In a landmark 5-4 decision, the court ruled states cannot keep gay and lesbian couples from marrying and must …

Flags ordered to half-staff in honor
of state trooper killed in the line of duty

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Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff Monday in honor of a Kentucky State Police trooper killed in the line of duty.   Eric Chrisman was responding to a complaint of …

Traffic Report: June 26 – July 3
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   Motorists should expect some congestion in downtown Lexington on Thursday, July 3, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside …

Supreme Court ruling on Affordable Care Act proves ‘we did the right thing,’ Beshear says

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  Gov. Steve Beshear, who led Kentucky’s pioneering efforts to enable people without health insurance to shop for coverage through marketplaces called “exchanges,” praised yesterday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the exchanges, a central component of the Affordable …

As advocate for industrial hemp production, Kentucky’s Thomas Massie standing tall

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By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   If there is anyone from Kentucky who is a bigger industrial hemp advocate than Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, it is likely U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, who stood beside Comer when state legislation was being …

Putting its best flowers forward, Lexington hopes this year’s landscape is ‘bloom-worthy’

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Lexington is once again putting its best flowers and landscaping on display as the city hosts representatives from America in Bloom, a national community awards program.   “This city is a beautiful place to call home, and our residents and …

‘Take it down’ movement reaches Kentucky with calls to remove Jefferson Davis statue

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    Staff report   As calls to remove symbols of the Confederacy spread nationwide, a number of prominent Kentuckians have joined the chorus seeking to have the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis removed from the state capitol   …

Dates and locations set for public comment meetings on oil, gas development in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and its agencies have set the dates and locations for three public meetings to allow interested parties to submit comments concerning oil and gas development in the Commonwealth. The locations will be in Madisonville, …

Rep. Martha Jane King to chair new House committee on communications, technology

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo, (D-Prestonsburg), announced the formation of the House Special Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology. Rep. Martha Jane King (D-Lewisburg) has been appointed to chair the committee, which will meet during the interim months of the …

Traffic Report: June 20 – June 26
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   Motorists should expect some congestion in downtown Lexington on Thursday, June 25, for the Central Bank Thursday Night Life at Fifth Third Pavilion at Cheapside …

Kentucky college and career readiness data rolled out before legislative committee

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Almost 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014, but some question if that percentage indicates enough progress—especially in comparison to other states.   Kentucky’s method of figuring its 62.8 percent overall college …

Beshear creates work group to recommend ways to stabilize teachers’ retirement system

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  By executive order, Gov. Steve Beshear has created a 23-member work group to develop recommendations to strengthen the solvency of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.   The group is made up of policy and education leaders, according to a …

Most new state laws – 98 of the 117 passed
earlier this year – go into effect next week

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  Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2015 regular session go into effect next week.   The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature. The General Assembly’s 2015 …

Beshear signs booster seat bill at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, bill effective June 24

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  Gov. Steve Beshear joined child safety advocates at Kentucky Children’s Hospital on June 15 to sign a bill aimed at improving safety for child passengers in motor vehicles.   House Bill 315 brings Kentucky’s current booster seat law in …

Funding announced to fight heroin abuse; $10M will go to programs called for in SB 192

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Eight programs aimed at fighting and treating heroin use and substance abuse in Kentucky will receive $10 million in funding, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today.   The funding is part of Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in this year’s …

Ohio River Bridges Project board names interim tolling system adviser, contractor

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The Kentucky-Indiana Joint Board for the Ohio River Bridges Project appointed Parsons Transportation Group, Inc. as interim toll services advisor.   The interim toll advisor will oversee the work of a toll system integrator and toll operator on behalf of …