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Local News
4:06 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's State of the City: 'We've Got to Up Our Game'

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Mayor Greg Fischer is challenging residents to invest in Louisville—so the city can speed growth and establish itself as an internationally competitive metro area.

At the annual State of the City address on Thursday, Fischer said “we’ve got to up our game” to keep up with other cities.

“We’re not investing fast enough in our built environment, not when we compare ourselves to the best growing cities around the world,” said Fischer,  speaking to a full room in the Triple Crown Club at Churchill Downs.

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Education
8:59 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

JCPS Drafts 'Preliminary' Budget, But Must Wait For State Action

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The Jefferson County school board got its first look at next year's budget Monday, but state funding and results of an unfinished audit will likely force the district to make changes before it receives final approval in the fall.

“I think we’re being very optimistic,” says Cordelia Hardin, the chief financial officer who has helped craft over two dozen dozen budgets.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session

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Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.

The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.

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Politics
8:45 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Democrat Reggie Thomas Wins Race to Succeed Kathy Stein in Kentucky Senate

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Democrat Reggie Thomas is the winner in a special election in Kentucky’s 13th state senate district, which covers part of Lexington.

Thomas garnered just over 4,000 votes, besting runner-up Richard Moloney, an Independent, who got about 2,600 votes, according to unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Moloney serves as a Democrat on the Lexington City Council, but ran as an Independent after his party backed Thomas.

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Politics
3:40 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kentucky House Leaders Reveal Redistricting Proposal as Special Session Approaches

House Speaker Greg Stumbo (forefront) reveals the proposal.
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo revealed on Friday a redistricting map for his chamber that would create four open seats and place four pairs of Democratic and Republican representatives in the same districts.

“I believe that the plan meets the constitutional mandates,” said Stumbo , a Democrat from Prestonsburg. “Gov. Beshear, I don’t want to speak for him, but he indicated as late as this morning to me that once we’ve passed those plans on Friday, that he intends to sign the bill into law as soon as it gets to his desk.”

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Politics
3:49 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Lawmakers to Examine Coal Severance Fund

Kentucky lawmakers will be briefed next week on the state’s ailing coal severance tax fund.

The office of the state budget director will update the lawmakers of the fund’s future on Wednesday, during a regularly scheduled meeting of the interim committee on natural resources and environment.

The coal severance fund is made up of a tax collected on each ton of coal mined in Kentucky. But the coal industry has had a rough year, and officials are forecasting problems maintaining previous levels of revenue.