Rail Traffic Could Resume at Crash Site Tuesday

7 hours ago
Stu Johnson

Clean up work is moving along quickly following a two train head-on collision near Georgetown Sunday night.  While an investigation is ongoing, a Norfolk Southern Railroad Representative says rail traffic is expected to resume Tuesday.

Senate Acts on Outside Attorney Fees

7 hours ago
Stu Johnson

The Kentucky Senate has acted to limit attorney fees for certain personal service contracts.  Proponents and opponents both say the change could affect taxpayers when it comes to legal action tied to opioid distribution.

The measure, approved 26 to 12 along party lines, sets standards and rules for state agencies in awarding contingency fee contracts for legal services.  Minority Floor Leader Ray Jones argued it seeks to hamstring the attorney general going after opioid manufacturers.

Trains Collide,Derail in Georgetown. 4 People Injured

20 hours ago
Stu Johnson

  GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Two freight trains collided and derailed shortly before midnight, injuring four people and igniting a fire that forced nearby residents to evacuate, authorities said Monday.

Nearby residents were evacuated "out of an abundance of caution after the crash was reported at 11:14 p.m., Lexington Fire Lt. Jessica Bowman told The Associated Press. Bowman said she couldn't confirm what substance had spilled and was burning, but the people were allowed to return home once safety risks were ruled out.

Teachers Keep Up Presence at State Capitol

23 hours ago
Stu Johnson

Kentucky educators, both past and present, have been busy making a visible presence at Frankfort’s State Capitol over the past couple of weeks.  That’s likely to continue during this last full week of the 2018 session.

Senate Budget Vote On Tap for This Week

23 hours ago
Stu Johnson

Members of the Kentucky Senate are expected to vote this week on a two year budget.  A vote before the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee could come as early as Tuesday.  Senate consideration of pension reforms have stalled.

WEKU’S Stu Johnson asked Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer if the biennial budget document could include pension provisions. “Nothing structural, I mean, obviously the funding of pension systems, all eight of them, is including in the budget,” said Thayer

“But nothing in the reform area?” Asked Johnson.

Stu Johnson

The Kentucky general assembly would have more say over implementation of executive orders issued by governors under a bill approved today in the state senate. 


The Kentucky Senate has voted overwhelming to change the candidate filing deadline for those running for the general assembly. Proponents say it could help dispel perceptions that January is a relatively unproductive month at the state capitol.

Sports Agent Legislation Heads on to the House

Mar 16, 2018
Stu Johnson

The Kentucky Senate has passed legislation tightening the requirements under which sports agents operate in the Commonwealth.  Both the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have been mentioned in recent FBI investigations that allege agents paid or loaned money to college basketball recruits or their families. 

Bill Sponsor Morgan McGarvey says the measure levies financial penalties following improper conduct by an agent.

Stu Johnson

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about efforts to reduce production of opioids Thursday during a stop in Lexington.  The Trump administration A-G also met with a group of central Kentuckians who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses.

In speaking to federal and state prosecutors plus many from the law enforcement community, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted 64,000 Americans lost their lives to an overdose in 2016, roughly the same number as the population of Bowling Green.  

‘Compromise’ On Judicial Redistricting Seeks To Help Overworked Judges

Mar 15, 2018

Instead of tackling a comprehensive plan to reshuffle judgeships around Kentucky to alleviate overworked judges, the state legislature is poised to pass a more limited approach.

The changes would reallocate two judgeships from areas that have light caseloads and move them to areas with heavy caseloads.

Chief Justice John Minton said he would prefer more ambitious changes, but the compromise would still help courts with the most critical needs.


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Gov. Matt Bevin says it’s too early to say what he thinks of President Donald Trump’s proposal to institute tariffs on foreign-made steel and aluminum even though the policy could have a big impact on Kentucky. 

The tariff could benefit Kentucky aluminum manufacturers like Braidy Industries—the company that Bevin helped attract to the state with a package of economic incentives—and Century Aluminum, which announced it would hire 300 new workers in Hancock County if the tariff went into effect. 

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  Jeff McGrew stood in line with about 30 other west Kentucky farmers awaiting certification that they’ve been trained to apply the herbicide Dicamba. The two hour session explained the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on use of the controversial herbicide. The session left McGrew uncertain about whether to use the spray.

Alexandra Kanik | Ohio Valley ReSource