Tuesday April 1, 2014

Kentucky drivers will not pay more at the pump this summer as House Democrats dropped their support for an increase in the state gas tax. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he has told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two-year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would have come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. And state lawmakers approved a two-year revenue bill Monday without the gas tax increase.
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Ten cattle stolen from a meat processing shop in West Virginia have been found in Kentucky. The manager of Nelson's Meat Market in Milton discovered the thefts last week. The cattle's owner says that he and the shop's owner tracked the cattle to a meat processing shop in Mount Sterling, Ky. the cattle are worth nearly $5,000. No arrests have been made.
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A Pike County ambulance service has suspended its services, while its former director remains charged. A representative from the company called Pike County Dispatch Saturday afternoon, warning service would be suspended at 5:00 that evening. Mayor Mike Taylor hoped to have more notice. Tri-Star ambulance service is currently applying for an emergency certificate of need to service the area.
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Anyone younger than 18 would be barred from buying electronic cigarettes in Kentucky under a bill the state Legislature has approved. The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday. It will become law unless Gov. Beshear vetoes it. Minors are already banned from buying tobacco products in Kentucky. This bill updates that ban to include electronic cigarettes.
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Eastern Kentucky University police say two men, armed with handguns, robbed three students in a Clay Hall dorm room about 11 p.m. Sunday. Campus police are asking students to be on guard and stay in groups of three or more people while they search for the suspected robbers. Police say the suspected robbers wore white masks and black clothes when they robbed the students.