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Real ID Regional Offices Opening

Real ID Regional Offices Opening

Regional offices will open in Somerset and Paducah to help Kentuckians obtain new Real ID licenses that comply with federal requirements by October 1st, Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday.The governor also announced that Sarah Jackson will serve as the new Real ID project manager as the state faces a deadline to upgrade the security of driver’s licenses. Jackson previously served as assistant attorney general and general counsel for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Workforce Development.




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Helping The Unborn

Helping The Unborn

A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday.The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee without any opposition. No one spoke against the bill during the meeting.The bill now heads to the Republican-dominated Senate.




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Change In The Voter ID Law

Change In The Voter ID Law

A Republican-led Senate panel on Wednesday loosened a bill requiring voters to produce a photo ID by adding other acceptable forms of identification. The proposal now heads to the full Senate.Under the revised version, people lacking photo IDs could present other forms of identification – debit or credit cards or Social Security cards – and still be allowed to vote. They would have to affirm in writing that they’re qualified to vote at that polling place.




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A New Airport Moving Forward In Letcher County

A New Airport Moving Forward In Letcher County

A purchase of about 600 acres of land is a big step toward Letcher County getting a new airport.“Our biggest challenge has been getting our property, getting ownership of our property, and an environmental impact study done,” said Chairman of Letcher County’s Airport Board Joe DePriest.Local officials hope it will help the economy in Letcher County, by allowing businesses to easily access the area.“People that make decisions on hiring people, jobs, new companies, don’t really like driving three and four hours to get to a place,” said DePriest.




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Finding The Next KY Education Commissioner

Finding The Next KY Education Commissioner

Kentucky education officials are encouraging residents and stakeholders to participate in a survey on the qualities that the state’s next education commissioner should possess.The survey opened this week and will be available through Feb. 6, the Kentucky Board of Education said in a statement. It takes about five minutes to complete, officials said.




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Suspended Mine Licenses

Suspended Mine Licenses

Kentucky suspended mine licenses at coal operations in Perry and Pike Counties.The Kentucky Division of Mine Safety said some American Resources Corporation employees still have not been paid. Some of those miners in Pike County blocked a train last week in protest.The Lexington Herald-Leader reviewed court records and found that ARC has faced several legal battles over its alleged failure to make good on lease payments. The report also showed that ARC left a mine in Perry County at risk of flooding after it laid off nearly its entire workforce and failed to pay the mine’s power bill.




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