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Budget Passes House with zero GOP votes - for or against
Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, presents the House\'s version of the Kentucky state spending plan for the next two fiscal years in the House of Representatives. Rand is chair of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
Budget Passes House with zero GOP votes - for or against

(Frankfort, KY - March 16, 2016) - ...The Democratic version would maintain per-pupil funding for education (known as SEEK) as proposed by Governor Matt Bevin in the state's next $21 billion two-year state budget while restoring cuts proposed by the Governor to several K-12 services including family resource and youth service centers (FRYSCs) and preschool, Gifted and Talented and higher education..

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King Coal In Trouble Again
King Coal In Trouble Again

News from Peabody Energy Corporation is bad.

Talk on the street and in an article in the Thursday, 3-17-16 edition of the Wall Street Journal is that Peabody is studying the strategy of corporate bankruptcy.

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Rape kit test bill passes KY Senate
Rape kit test bill passes KY Senate

FRANKFORT - In September 2015, an audit by former Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen found over 3000 rape tests remained untested. The Kentucky Senate passed a bipartisan bill on March 16, 2016 to address the backlog.

At Right: Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, views the unanimous passage of legislation she sponsored to help remove the backlog of unprocessed sexual assault examination kits in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of LRC Information Office

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Proposed House budget would have catastrophic effect on Judicial Branch

Extreme budget cuts could end Kentucky court operations as we know them,

says Chief Justice Minton

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 16, 2016 - Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. sounded the alarm late Tuesday night after getting a copy of the proposed House version of the Judicial Branch budget bill for Fiscal Biennium 2016-2018 (attached).

"Unfortunately - in spite of early indications to the contrary - the news is very grim," he said in an email sent at 11 p.m. EDT to justices, judges, circuit court clerks and non-elected court personnel statewide.

Based on the amount appropriated by the House, the Judicial Branch would be short $36.3 million in Fiscal Year 2017 and $40.6 million in FY 2018...

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KY unemployment rates up from Feb. 2015 to Feb. 2016
KY unemployment rates up from Feb. 2015 to Feb. 2016

Unemployment rates in Kentucky above national average

February 2016 unemployment rates in Kentucky stand at 5.8%, a half a percentage point (.5%) higher than the same month last year. Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 4.3%

Some job sectors grew while others declined. Education, health services, construction, leisure and hospitality sectors all added jobs.

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Politics & Government

Regional Energy Workshops Announced To Help Kentucky Companies Stay Competitive

Workshops set for March 31 and April 6

Attendees may choose from two workshop locations. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in Georgetown, Ky., will be the host site for the March 31 workshop. Western Kentucky University (WKU), in Bowling Green, Ky., will be the host site for the April 6 workshop. The cost to attend is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and facility tours. Registration deadline is by noon March 28 for the Georgetown location and April 1 for the workshop in Bowling Green.

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Education

Graves High band, choir, orchestra students combine to present 'Music in Our Schools' 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Graves County High School band, choir, and orchestra students combine their talents in various combinations to present "Music in Our Schools" at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the school district's performing arts center, located adjacent to Graves High at the entrance nearest the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Ky. Highway 121.

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Murray State University's Tim Todd returning to deanship;
Murray State University's Tim Todd returning to deanship;

MURRAY, Ky. - Murray State University President Robert O. Davies announced today that Tim Todd has requested to return to the role of dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business

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Editorials

The Flummoxed Watch Rise of Donald Trump
The Flummoxed Watch Rise of Donald Trump
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Exploiters of Job Losses Paint Wrong Picture of Cause

Recent sudden job losses at Kentucky's last Fruit of the Loom plant in Jamestown and at Toyota's regional headquarters in Erlanger have hit the state hard.

They've also prompted wrong-headed claims that Kentucky brought this on itself by not pursuing certain economic policies--that Kentucky is getting something wrong that other states are getting right.

But those making such claims are exploiting real human and economic tragedies in an effort to further arguments that don't hold up to scrutiny...

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Community and Regional News

HELP Committee Passes Sens. Rand Paul and Edward Markey "TREAT Act"

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed Sen. Rand Paul (R- KY) and Sen. Ed Markey's bill (D-MA) - The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT Act). The bipartisan TREAT Act would expand specialized treatment for prescription drug and heroin addiction.

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Potter photos on display through end of March
Tootsie Roll truck rolling up US Highway 45 taken by Mary Potter
Potter photos on display through end of March

(Clinton, KY - March 17, 2016) Twenty photos taken over a span of thirty years by Ivan and Mary Potter will be on display in the Hickman County Arts Council display case in Hickman County Courthouse in Clinton through the end of March.

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