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Quarles participates in national ag summit on Farm Bill

Quarles participates in national ag summit on Farm Bill

WMSK Staff

March 21st, 2017

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Kentucky ag commissioner part of panel discussion on bringing the next generation back to the farm WASHINGTON (March 20, 2017) — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said today that industry and government leaders must do more to attract young people to careers in agriculture. “We must […]

Low pathogenic avian influenza detected in western Kentucky

Low pathogenic avian influenza detected in western Kentucky

WMSK Staff

March 20th, 2017

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Christian County flock depopulated; surveillance continues FRANKFORT (March 20, 2017) — Federal and state authorities say a case of low pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in a commercial poultry flock in western Kentucky. Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said the National Veterinary Services […]

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW COLUMN By Sen. Dorsey Ridley

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW COLUMN By Sen. Dorsey Ridley

WMSK Staff

March 17th, 2017

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FRANKFORT — In this weekly column I try to emphasis positive legislation that I believe will move our state forward. Unfortunately, in the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed some very far-reaching legislation that I believe is wrong for […]

Transportation Cabinet asks organizations to “Glow Orange” for work zone safety awareness

Transportation Cabinet asks organizations to “Glow Orange” for work zone safety awareness

WMSK Staff

March 17th, 2017

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is April 3-7 FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 16, 2017) – While many Kentuckians associate the color orange with rival college athletics programs, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) today announced “Glow Orange, Kentucky” week, an initiative inspired by a national campaign to […]

School Choice Receives Resounding Victory in Kentucky

School Choice Receives Resounding Victory in Kentucky

WMSK Staff

March 16th, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 15, 2017) – In the final ticks of the 2017 Regular Session, the Kentucky Legislature gave approval to a dynamic measure that dramatically reforms education in the Commonwealth. Charter schools will now come to the Commonwealth, and the thousands of Kentucky students […]

PSC Ends State Low-Income Subsidy for Wireless Phones

PSC Ends State Low-Income Subsidy for Wireless Phones

WMSK Staff

March 13th, 2017

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Landline subsidy remains; state Lifeline support fee will decrease FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 10, 2017) – The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is revamping the state program that provides assistance to low-income telephone customers and refocusing it on meeting the needs of the mostly elderly and […]

House speaker says public school tobacco ban will not pass

House speaker says public school tobacco ban will not pass

WMSK Staff

March 9th, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican House Speaker Jeff Hoover says a bill that would ban all tobacco products at public school campuses likely will not pass this year. Senate Bill 78 would ban the use of all tobacco products at public schools or school-sponsored events. […]

Sen. Ridley meets with Homeland Security Director to discuss coordination efforts for solar eclipse

Sen. Ridley meets with Homeland Security Director to discuss coordination efforts for solar eclipse

WMSK Staff

March 8th, 2017

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FRANKFORT – Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, recently met with Kentucky Homeland Security Executive Director John Holiday about preparations for the large crowd expected in western Kentucky for the total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. Ridley requested coordination between Holiday’s office and […]

Bill would transfer some attorney general powers to governor

Bill would transfer some attorney general powers to governor

WMSK Staff

March 8th, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s Democratic attorney general could not represent the state in some civil lawsuits under a proposal floated by Republican lawmakers. A proposal from Republican Senate President Robert Stivers would give the state’s Republican governor the exclusive authority to represent the state […]

First Lady Hosts Second Annual ‘Hearts to Hands’ Event

First Lady Hosts Second Annual ‘Hearts to Hands’ Event

WMSK Staff

March 6th, 2017

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 6, 2017) – On Saturday, First Lady Glenna Bevin hosted her second annual “Hearts to Hands” event. Mrs. Bevin invited thirty children from Home of the Innocents to enjoy a special day at Afterglow Salon & Spa, which donated their services to […]

Spring Break Travelers Should Take Precautions Against Zika Virus

Spring Break Travelers Should Take Precautions Against Zika Virus

WMSK Staff

March 6th, 2017

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Use Repellant, Protective Clothing if Traveling in High Risk Areas; Pregnant Women Should Avoid Travel FRANKFORT, Ky. (Mar. 6, 2017) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, advises spring break travelers to be cautious and take […]

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 5 percent in January 2017

Kentucky’s unemployment rate at 5 percent in January 2017

WMSK Staff

March 2nd, 2017

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Rate below 5.3 percent in January 2016 FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in January 2017 from a revised 4.8 percent in December 2016, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency […]

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW – Commentary By State Senator Dorsey Ridley

SENATE WEEK IN REVIEW – Commentary By State Senator Dorsey Ridley

WMSK Staff

February 24th, 2017

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FRANKFORT — As our time in Frankfort grows shorter, our work escalates. We passed the halfway mark of the 2017 Legislative Session earlier this week, but there is still much to be done and important bills are still making their way through the legislative process. […]

Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

Dems tap former Kentucky governor to counter Trump speech

WMSK Staff

February 24th, 2017

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have tapped former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party’s response to President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. That’s the word on Friday from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy […]

Traffic ADVISORY – Speed Limit to Go UP on US 60/Wendell Ford Expressway AroundOwensboro on Thursday, FEB 23

Traffic ADVISORY – Speed Limit to Go UP on US 60/Wendell Ford Expressway AroundOwensboro on Thursday, FEB 23

WMSK Staff

February 22nd, 2017

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A sign crew plans to change out signs raising the speed limit along US 60/The Wendell Ford Expressway around Owensboro from 55 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The sign crew plans to start work around 9:00 a.m.,CST. […]