Tuesday February 25, 2014

A bill passed by the Kentucky Senate on Monday would exempt home care workers from the state's seven-day overtime law. Under current Kentucky law, if an in-home caregiver works for seven consecutive days, the employer must pay time and a half on the seventh day. Bill sponsor Sen. Julie Denton, a Republican from Louisville, says the rule inhibits scheduling flexibility and can drive up employer costs. The measure received no opposition in its committee hearing or on the Senate floor.
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A western Kentucky man who lost his wife and eight children in a blaze last month says his faith in God is still strong. Chad Watson made some of his first public comments since the fire on Jan. 30 killed his wife, La Rae "Nikki" Watson, and eight of their children. Officials have said some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. One child, 11-year-old Kylie Watson, survived. The father and daughter were hospitalized in Nashville, but returned home on Feb. 16.
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The body of a Johnson County soldier who died in Afghanistan returned home to the mountains Monday. Private First Class Joshua Gray had served overseas for about one month when officials say he died in a non combat incident at Bagram Airfield. Loved ones of 21-yea- old, Josh Gray, gathered to welcome their soldier home at Big Sandy Regional Airport along with men and women from throughout the state who make up the Patriot Guard.
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The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index indicates Kentucky is the second most miserable state in the nation. Neighboring West Virginia tops the list. According to the data, hunger and unhealthy habits play a big role in making Kentuckians so sad. The study shows this is not just an eastern Kentucky problem however. Statewide, less than 60 percent of Kentuckians said they ate well every day, which is the worst among all 50 states. In addition, about 30 percent of the state's residents are obese. That is the ninth highest in the nation.
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A Somerset man wanted in Florida for burglary charges was arrested on Sunday. Officials say 23 year old Kenneth Tannassee was wanted by the Lee County Florida Sheriff's Office. A check on Tannassee was made through the National Crime Information Center and was found in Somerset. He was wanted on burglary and grand theft charges.
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A public meeting is being held Tuesday in Ashland for a planned update to the Kentucky Statewide Rail Plan, a policy document that details freight and rail passenger operations and trends in the state. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it and consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff have put together a team to update the plan. The purpose of the meeting is to gather feedback about rail issues and needs in Kentucky.