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A new report says one-third of the more than $9 billion in announced investments for Kentucky last year wasn’t attached to any new jobs. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development said the state gave away more than $361 million in tax incentives in 2017.  

According to the report from the left-leaning Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, the state no longer releases a report listing facilities that closed in the state, making it difficult to determine how many net new jobs were created.

The report identified 1,209 jobs associated with Toyota’s $1.33 billion investment in 2017. But multiple news stories indicate no new jobs were connected to this investment, and the state’s Cabinet for economic development granted $43.5 million in tax breaks for the project.

Paul to Kentuckians: Tell McConnell to Allow Vote on Criminal Sentencing Reform

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Seeking to stir support for a federal criminal justice bill, Sen. Rand Paul on Monday called on voters in the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to prod him to hold a vote on the measure.

Paul said during an appearance at the Louisville Urban League that the measure would pass overwhelmingly if it received a Senate vote during Congress' lame-duck session. But McConnell has refused to bring the legislation forward in a standoff that's dividing the Republican majority.

Sydney Boles

Jason Walker spends $50 per month on bottled water. He spends three hours each week standing by the small stream that runs near his house, pumping creek water into a thousand-gallon tank.

“You have to catch the creek at the right time, when it’s clear,” Walker said. “Whatever you pump, whatever the creek looks like, is what you’re going to pump, and that’s going to pump right into your house.”

Walker, 31, used to get water from a well he shared with his mother, Sherry Walker, who lives next door. But they noticed changes after mountaintop removal mining started nearby.


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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by Republican-led states that were seeking to defund Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide women's reproductive health services.

ATF

Federal officials and a firearms trade association are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in a burglary at ATS Tactical Gear in Christian County, Kentucky.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, are offering a combined reward of $5,000 for information on the burglary at the tactical gear shop on Fort Campbell Blvd. in Oak Grove.

Multiple firearms were stolen between 2 and 4 a.m. on Dec. 5.

Division of Waste Management

The coal used to power our homes leaves behind mountains of ash. At one power plant in Western Kentucky, that coal ash is stored in a pair of unlined landfills that may have been polluting local groundwater for as long as 18 years.

Evidence from satellite images, state inspections and the utility’s own groundwater monitoring reports reveal mountains of ash slowly leaching pollution into the nearby environment at the D.B. Wilson Power Plant, about 40 minutes south of Owensboro.

Owensboro Riverport Authority

Daviess County has received a federal grant that will be used to upgrade access to the Owensboro Riverport and improve safety for local residents. 

The $11.5  million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to widen a portion of Industrial Road, which is Kentucky 331, leading to the Owensboro Riverport.

In announcing the grant, Owensboro Riverport Authority President Brian Wright said Industrial Road has up to 5,000 vehicles a day, and nearly half of those are tractor-trailers, each hauling about 20 tons.

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If you have health insurance through your employer, chances are the amount of money you put toward health care has gone up in the last few years. That’s according to a new study from the Commonwealth Fund.

The report says Kentucky employees put 12.9 percent of their yearly income toward health expenses, that’s up from 8.4 percent in 2008.

Researchers measured the costs by looking at two factors: premiums and deductibles. A premium is the amount a person pays each month for their insurance plan. In 2008, on average, a single person with a health insurance plan paid $806 dollars for their monthly premium. By 2017, the average was $1,453.

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From bluegrass to folk to Americana and indie rock, Lost River Sessions brought live music to downtown Bowling Green once again in 2018. Not only did audiences experience these shows in person, but listeners all over Kentucky, southwest Indiana and northern Tennessee were transported to the Capitol Arts Center by Lost River Sessions radio broadcasts. 

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The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new high school graduation requirements, mandating students demonstrate competency in basic math and reading, and complete benchmarks intended to show they are ready for work or college before they can graduate.

The legislature still has to sign off on the policy.

Most of the new requirements will go into effect for freshmen starting high school next fall and the full policy will take effect for subsequent classes.

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LRS Live Replay: The Local Honeys & Barren River Ramblers

It as an evening of old time music on Nov. 10 when two Kentucky groups - The Local Honeys and Barren River Ramblers took the stage at The Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green for Lost River Sessions LIVE.

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