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  • Audit may show way forward with ailing pension system

    By Brad Bowman

    Frankfort State Journal

    Despite an injection of state money into one of the worst-funded pension funds in the country, state employee pension system Interim Executive Director David Eager told lawmakers Monday that a plan must be devised for Kentucky’s nonhazardous employee pension fund with a looming $11.11 billion of unfunded liabilities.

  • Teachers to sue Bevin over troubled pensions

    By Morgan Watkins

    The Courier-Journal

    Jefferson County teachers who are fed up with the state government’s failure to properly fund their pensions plan to sue Gov. Matt Bevin and two other high-ranking officials over the financial quagmire.

  • Bevin says Trump’s election improves outlook for Medicaid waiver

    By Jack Brammer

    Lexington Herald Leader

    The coming change of leadership in the White House has improved chances of federal approval of his plan to overhaul Kentucky’s Medicaid program, Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday.

    The Republican governor also said “changes” must be made to the state’s ailing pension systems. It was reported earlier this week that the state’s pension debt has grown to $32.6 billion, one of the worst in the nation.

  • State capitol building gets first facelift in decades

    By BRAD BOWMAN

    The State Journal

    While a Republican majority is busy reconstructing state government, the Capitol’s north façade is getting its own makeover for the first time in at least half a century.

    A 16-member crew has begun cleaning and restoring parts of the Capitol’s façade while a six-member crew erects scaffolding along its balustrade and terrace. The $1.1 million project is slated for completion by mid-February. Capitol visitors can still use the front entrance, which has been secured from construction hazards.

  • Federal refunds delayed to Feb. 15 for taxpayers claiming two tax credits

    Kentucky Press News Service

    WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service Thursday reminded Kentucky taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) to plan on a refund delay until Feb.15.

    A recent federal law change aimed at making it easier for the IRS to detect and prevent refund fraud requires the IRS to hold the refund of any tax return claiming either the EITC or ACTC until Feb. 15. By law, the IRS must hold the entire refund not just the portion related to these credits.

  • Republicans takes control of Kentucky House

    By Tom Loftus

    The Courier-Journal

    The Republican Party took over the last Democratic bastion in the south Tuesday, winning control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, and winning it by a wide margin.

    Among Democrats to fall under the Republican onslaught was House Speaker Greg Stumbo, who for more than 30 years has been a Democratic power in Frankfort. Stumbo was defeated in his bid for re-election to the House’s 95th District Tuesday by Republican challenger Larry Brown.

  • Trump carries Kentucky in 2016 presidential race

    By JOSEPH GERTH

    The Courier-Journal

    Republican Donald J. Trump trounced Democrat Hillary Clinton in Kentucky.

    The Associated Press called the race for Trump moments after the polls closed in the Western part of the state.

  • Officials call Itron announcement ‘devastating’

    BY MOLLY HAINES

    Landmark News Service

    A sign hanging on the side of Itron’s Owenton location touts the company as one of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s 2016 ‘top work places,’ but for 450 employees, only a memory of their job will soon remain.

    The global company announced its decision to close its Owenton facility Thursday morning, a move that local officials believe will have a devastating impact on the community.

  • Bevin to fix pay disparity for state highway maintenance crews

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Flanked by a platoon of statewide highway maintenance crews dressed in high-visibility gear, Gov. Matt Bevin Monday said he was fulfilling his promise to increase the pay of over 2,600 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees.

  • LG&E, KU plan $2.2B investment, want rate hike

    By JAMES BRUGGERS

    The Courier-Journal

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company Tuesday plan to invest $2.2 billion in their electric and natural gas system to improve safety, reduce outage times and enhance service, though such improvements likely mean higher rates for customers.