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  • 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.

  • Recalling tragedy of Pearl Harbor

    By DON WILKINS

    The Messenger Inquirer

    For 91-year-old Owensboro resident and World War II veteran Leonard Ferrell, the day that Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan is still singed in his memory 75 years later.

    Ferrell, who was 16 at the time and living in his hometown of Madisonville, said he was listening to the radio on Dec. 7, 1941, when he heard the news of the surprise bombings of the American naval fleet anchored in Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.