Pipeline Safety Measure Advances in Kentucky Senate

Feb 19, 2018
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Officials with Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet are asking lawmakers to bring the state in line with the federal government when it comes to pipeline safety.  A senate panel last week backed such legislation.

State Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely says the measure updates the state’s penalty process to match that of the federal government.  There is also language in the bill related to service interruption when digging cuts into pipes.

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Another rainy weekend is probably the last thing residents in some nine southeast Kentucky counties want to see.  Citizens in counties like Bell, Harlan, Letcher, Knot, and Knox are still trying to recover from last weekend’s five inches of rain that came down in just 24 hours. 

Jackson Weather Service Meteorologist Kevin Sullivan says, at this point, no additional flooding is anticipated this weekend.  But, he admits, it wouldn’t take much slow moving rain to cause concern.

A popular TV cooking competition is coming to the commonwealth.

Bravo has announced that its next season of “Top Chef” will be filmed in Kentucky.

The show will focus on locations in Louisville, Lexington, and the Lake Cumberland region.

Bravo says filming will begin this spring, with the season airing later this year.

The network is still accepting applications from chefs to compete on the program.

Interested in showing off your culinary chops? Here is a link to the application.

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Kentucky’s “home bakers” won a victory in a legislative committee in Frankfort Thursday.  If the vote in the House Health and Family Services Committee is any indication, these bakers should be able to keep the ovens on.

Lawmakers Consider Bill That Raises Marriage Age In Kentucky

Feb 16, 2018
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Kentuckians wouldn’t be able to get married until they’re 18 years old, under a bill being considered by the state legislature.

Currently, Kentuckians can get married when they’re 16 if they have permission from their parents. Women can get married at younger ages if they’re pregnant — there is no lower limit.

 

Mental Health Advocates Rally at Kentucky Capitol

Feb 15, 2018
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Advocates for mentally ill in Kentucky are lobbying to make those with serious mental illness ineligible for the death penalty.  Kentucky representatives for the National Alliance on Mental Illness staged a rally Thursday in Frankfort. 

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A central Kentucky lawmaker says he’s working to modify legislation which would allow so called ‘armed marshals’ at schools.  Paris Senator Steve West considered the initial filing proposal a ‘starting point’.  

West says re-working the measure could address concerns about proper training. “Right now I’m working on the training component, so I want to see that tightened down.  Make sure whoever is in these schools has the proper training.  We’re looking at studies.  We’re looking at all types of options,” said West.

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Kentucky should establish an independent commission that oversees the state’s redistricting process, according to a new report from the Kentucky League of Women Voters.

Currently, state lawmakers have the power to draw new boundaries for legislative and congressional districts at least once every 10 years.

Moms Demand Action Rally Comes to State Capitol

Feb 14, 2018
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Red clad men and women gathered in the Frankfort Capitol Rotunda Wednesday, voicing concerns about gun violence.  Rally participants met with lawmakers lobbying against some already-filed legislation.

Connie Coartney with Kentucky’s chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense led the event, which featured a number of family victims of gun violence. “We refuse to believe that nothing can be done.  We refuse to give up,” Coartney said to an applauding rally crowd.

Fracking Waste Disposal: Still A Hot Mess

Feb 14, 2018
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The slogan for Estill County is “where the bluegrass kisses the mountains.” But since 2015 the county, population 15,000, is widely known as the place where radioactive material generated by the oil and gas industry in a process known as fracking was dumped near some schools.

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Fracking Waste Disposal: Still A Hot Mess

Feb 14, 2018
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The slogan for Estill County is “where the bluegrass kisses the mountains.” But since 2015 the county, population 15,000, is widely known as the place where radioactive material generated by the oil and gas industry in a process known as fracking was dumped near some schools.

Immigration Court Expansion in Ohio Valley Region

Feb 8, 2018
Stu Johnson

With Congress in a heated immigration debate, the Ohio Valley region is adding to its immigration courts. Sources within the Justice Department say Kentucky will have a new immigration court operating in Louisville as soon as April, and Ohio is adding additional judges to handle deportations and other immigration cases. The changes in immigration policy have left many people with an uncertain future.

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