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  • Republicans push charter schools, other changes in Kentucky education

    By VALARIE HONEYCUTT SPEARS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Republican state lawmakers have filed legislation for the 2017 General Assembly that would lead to significant changes for Kentucky public education, including charter schools, the statewide school accountability system and teacher requirements.

    Republicans have control of the state House for the first time since 1921. Education bills that failed in the past could be on the fast track under the Republican majority. The session resumes in February. Proposed legislation includes:

  • How Kentucky’s non-compliance with Real ID may cause you real problems

    By JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Kentucky’s decision to ignore federal security regulations for driver’s licenses will begin inconveniencing residents in coming weeks, and the pain is expected to become widespread by early next year.

  • KSP investigates shooting in Sulphur

    Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating a shooting in Henry County on Hollow Tree Road. 

    At approximately 5:12 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, KSP received a call from a residence on Hollow Tree Road in the community of Sulphur in Henry County.  It was reported that Gloria Campbell, 59, of La Grange, had been shot in the leg and a second shooting victim had fled the scene.

  • Murder investigation ongoing in Pleasureville

    The Kentucky State Police at Post 5 Campbellsburg is investigating a shooting in the community of Pleasureville in Henry County. 

    At approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, KSP received a 911 call about a shooting at an apartment complex on Main Street in Pleasureville. 

    When Henry County Sheriff’s Office, KSP and Henry County EMS arrived, Zachary Fluhr, 23, of Louisville, was found outside with a single gunshot wound.  Fluhr was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Henry County Coroner.

  • Journalist leads discussion about how to determine if online news is real or fake

    By ZIRCONIA ALLEYENE

    Kentucky New Era

    The ability to share news with one click has made it easier to stay informed yet even easier to be duped.

    Nearly 50 people showed up Monday night to learn how to discern if the news they read is real, fake or biased.

    Jennifer Brown, former editor and opinion editor at the Kentucky New Era, led the hour-long open discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Hopkinsville Community College.

  • State pulling workers out of 31 unemployment offices amid major cuts

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars.

    Workers with the Office of Employment and Training throughout the state received a notice Tuesday that the cabinet was making drastic changes, shifting its focus to 12 “hubs” in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.

  • GOP fast-tracks abortion, right-to-work, U of L measures

    By TOM LOFTUS and MORGAN WATKINS

    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - The new Republican majority in the General Assembly delivered on its promises Saturday giving final passage to seven fast-tracked priorities including bills that place new restrictions on abortion and a bill long sought by business that bans union membership as a condition of employment.

  • Union says lawmakers launching ‘attack on the working people’

    By JOHN CHEVES and

    JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - Angry labor union members on Saturday said they don’t know how they became public enemy No. 1 in Kentucky’s 2017 legislative session.

    Hundreds of workers in boots and heavy coats poured onto every public floor of the state Capitol to loudly protest final passage of three bills that they say will weaken unions and reduce construction workers’ wages.

  • Adkisson, Silvert say right-to-work legislation will create more, better jobs

    By KEITH LAWRENCE

    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Gov. Matt Bevin signed legislation Saturday making Kentucky the 27th right-to-work state.

    That essentially means that workers at a company that has a contract with a labor union can’t be forced to pay union dues.

    Republicans and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce pushed the legislation as a way to create more jobs.

    Labor leaders call it “right to work for less” legislation.

    Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan called the legislation “shameful.”

  • Grant helps animal shelters improving feline save rates

    A grant to the Northern Kentucky Area Development District from the Joanie Bernard Foundation has been helping Northern Kentucky animal shelters reduce the euthanasia rate of cats through a regional spay/neuter program.