State Capitol http://weku.fm en State Revenue Shortfall Worries Business Sector http://weku.fm/post/state-revenue-shortfall-worries-business-sector <p>Steps are being taken to deal with a 90 million dollar state revenue shortfall. &nbsp;Governor Steve Beshear announced a budget reduction plan Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:19:19 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 62584 at http://weku.fm Kentucky To Receive Over $100 Million in Tobacco Settlement http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-receive-over-100-million-tobacco-settlement <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky will receive about $110 million from an agreement between the state and tobacco companies over the state’s alleged mishandling of tobacco settlement funds.</span></p><p></p><p>An arbitration court ruled last year that Kentucky and five other states mishandled their management of the tobacco funds beginning in 2003. The funds have been paid by tobacco companies since 1998 to shore up state health-care costs associated with tobacco usage.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:40:10 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 60937 at http://weku.fm Kentucky To Receive Over $100 Million in Tobacco Settlement Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-state-police-reopen-investigation-former-lrc-directors-document-shredding <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky State Police has reopened its investigation into the document shredding by former Legislative Research Commission executive director Bobby Sherman.</span></p><p>The Courier-Journal&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/ky-legislature/2014/06/11/police-reopen-probe-lrc-document-shredding/10344541/">reported Wednesday</a> that there will be a new probe into Sherman's shredding of work documents.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 19:18:34 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 60926 at http://weku.fm Kentucky State Police Reopen Investigation of Former LRC Director's Document Shredding Lexington Prosecutor Believes Sentencing Changes Fall Short http://weku.fm/post/lexington-prosecutor-believes-sentencing-changes-fall-short <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fayette County's head prosecutor says many offenders are not concerned with criminal charges, but rather the possibility of being housed in prison or jail. &nbsp;Veteran Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson is reacting to a Pew Charitable Trusts' study this week on the effect of sentencing changes approved three years ago.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:44:58 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 60654 at http://weku.fm Lexington Prosecutor Believes Sentencing Changes Fall Short Kentucky City Takes Retirement System to Court http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-city-takes-retirement-system-court <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kentucky city is suing the state's public pension system over its investment of county employees' retirement money into "risky" hedge funds.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>An attorney for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fortwright.com/">Ft. Wright</a>, a northern Kentucky city of 5,700, filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging that&nbsp;<a href="https://kyret.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx">Kentucky Retirement Systems</a>&nbsp;improperly used money from one of its subsidiary funds to make investments that were illegal under state law.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:21:55 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 60539 at http://weku.fm Kentucky City Takes Retirement System to Court Who Spent the Most Lobbying Ky General Assembly In 2014 Session? http://weku.fm/post/who-spent-most-lobbying-ky-general-assembly-2014-session <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lobbyists spent&nbsp;$8.7 million to lobby Kentucky lawmakers this year—and tobacco giant Altria&nbsp;led the pack at $156,000,&nbsp;According to records released by the Legislative Ethics Commission this week.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 19:21:20 +0000 Jonathan Meader Kentucky Public Radio 60362 at http://weku.fm Who Spent the Most Lobbying Ky General Assembly In 2014 Session? Ky. Filing Claims Same-Sex Marriage Harmful to Economy http://weku.fm/post/ky-filing-claims-same-sex-marriage-harmful-economy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a brief filed in court, Kentucky Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says same sex marriage would hurt the economy by not producing children.&nbsp; Supporters of same-sex marriage say their opponents are running out of ideas.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>First, it was a matter of tradition, then a moral issue. Now, after courts across the country have thrown out multiple arguments in favor of banning same-sex marriage, the Beshear Administration is on the vanguard of a new logic: Dollars &amp; cents.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 10 May 2014 02:32:27 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 59393 at http://weku.fm Ky. Filing Claims Same-Sex Marriage Harmful to Economy In Reversal, Ky. Leg. Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty http://weku.fm/post/reversal-ky-leg-ethics-commission-finds-former-lawmaker-john-arnold-guilty <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After hours of deliberation and sparring with his defense attorney—not to mention the news media—a full quorum of the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission on Wednesday voted to reprimand and fine former state Rep. John Arnold.</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 03:13:36 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 59297 at http://weku.fm In Reversal, Ky. Leg. Ethics Commission Finds Former Lawmaker John Arnold Guilty Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Announces Run for Governor http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-attorney-general-jack-conway-announces-run-governor <p></p><p></p><p>Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway officially announced in a video press release on Tuesday his candidacy for governor, adding that he has tapped House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep.&nbsp;Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as his running mate.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“Now is the time to roll up our sleeves and continue to move Kentucky forward, and we begin doing that by building a great team.The strength of this gubernatorial ticket is bolstered by Rep. Sannie Overly’s record of accomplishments.”</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 16:15:04 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 59222 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway Announces Run for Governor Former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen Opts Not to Run for Governor http://weku.fm/post/former-kentucky-auditor-crit-luallen-opts-not-run-governor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former state Auditor Crit Luallen says she will not run for governor in 2015. Luallen has been mentioned as a possible Democratic contender as Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear finishes his second term. Luallen says she decided not to run because it was the best decision for her family.&nbsp; Luallen's decision could open the door for Attorney General Jack Conway.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:50:32 +0000 Associated Press 58709 at http://weku.fm Former Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen Opts Not to Run for Governor Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate http://weku.fm/post/last-minutes-2014-legislative-session-included-nuclear-coal-debate <p></p><p>The waning hours of the 2014 Kentucky&nbsp;General&nbsp;Assembly session found senators debating nuclear and coal-based power.&nbsp;&nbsp;The discussion occurred&nbsp;during consideration of a bill to help AK Steel, a&nbsp;manufacturer suffering sizable job loss.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:05:51 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58328 at http://weku.fm Last Minutes of 2014 Legislative Session Included Nuclear-Coal Debate Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Adopted on Last Day of Session http://weku.fm/post/multi-billion-dollar-road-plan-adopted-last-day-session <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers waited until the last few hours of the 2014 General Assembly session before they approved a statewide road plan.&nbsp; House and Senate members agreed to spend more than 3 billion dollars in state money over the next two years for repair and replacement of &nbsp;roads and bridges.&nbsp; The Senate voted 37-to-1 for the measure.&nbsp;&nbsp; Senate Speaker Pro Tem Katie Stine cast the only "no" vote. &nbsp;Her concern focused in part on a source of funding for a new outer loop highway in northern Kentucky. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:14:52 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58303 at http://weku.fm Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Adopted on Last Day of Session Session Ends Without Requested Rupp Money http://weku.fm/post/session-ends-without-requested-rupp-money <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Proponents of Lexington's Rupp Arena project will likely be looking for new sources of funding to re-work the downtown complex.&nbsp; Kentucky lawmakers left Frankfort just after midnight Wednesday without backing a plan to borrow 80 million dollars toward the capital construction effort.&nbsp; Lexington Senator Reggie Thomas called it disappointing that legislators didn't come up with support for a project which could create five thousand jobs. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:07:17 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58302 at http://weku.fm Session Ends Without Requested Rupp Money Bourbon Barrel Tax Break Signed Into Law http://weku.fm/post/bourbon-barrel-tax-break-signed-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky's bourbon industry is about to gain an income tax credit.&nbsp; Beginning next year, distilleries can get the credit for state and local property taxes paid on aging barrels of bourbon.&nbsp; Governor Steve Beshear signed the bill into law Tuesday afternoon.&nbsp; Former Maker's Mark President Bill Samuels Jr. says Kentucky needs to maintain its position in the industry. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:47:36 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58301 at http://weku.fm Bourbon Barrel Tax Break Signed Into Law Still No Vote on State Road Plan http://weku.fm/post/still-no-vote-state-road-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders in the House and Senate appear closer to reaching an agreement on a three billion dollar road plan.&nbsp; Differences between the two chambers have made negotiations difficult.&nbsp; House Budget Review Committee on Transportation Chair Leslie Combs says there's still some details to work out. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>"We're back and moving forward. It's never done until it's done.&nbsp; As far as a time frame, I've been asked that a couple of times, we've got til midnight tonight," said Combs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:45:16 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58259 at http://weku.fm Still No Vote on State Road Plan State Funding for Rupp Coming Down to the Wire http://weku.fm/post/state-funding-rupp-coming-down-wire <p>As the hours pass on the 60th and final day of the 2014 General Assembly, it looks more unlikely Kentucky legislators will reach agreement on state funding for the Rupp Arena project.&nbsp; The governor initially suggested borrowing 65 million dollars to go toward construction of the new Rupp facility.&nbsp; The senate opted to delete that funding.&nbsp; If not passed, House Speaker Greg Stumbo doesn't believe it's an issue which deserves special session attention.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:40:58 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58258 at http://weku.fm Rupp Financing Still A Topic in Frankfort http://weku.fm/post/rupp-financing-still-topic-frankfort <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State of Kentucky and Lexington&nbsp;officials are considering revised strategies for&nbsp;funding&nbsp;the proposed&nbsp;Rupp Arena project.&nbsp; Governor Beshear said yesterday&nbsp;it would not involve any increase in the hotel/motel tax in Lexington, but it does call for the state to increase its commitment from 65 to 80 million dollars.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>In his budget address last week, Lexington Mayor Jim&nbsp;Gray called for borrowing 40 million dollars for&nbsp;the downtown project.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:23:49 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58239 at http://weku.fm Rupp Financing Still A Topic in Frankfort Electronic Cigarettes Out of Minors' Hands http://weku.fm/post/electronic-cigarettes-out-minors-hands <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new&nbsp;Kentucky&nbsp;law banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors is being hailed as a step to curb teenage use of tobacco products.&nbsp; With the official signing by Governor Beshear, the sale of all types of e-cigarettes to minors is now illegal.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:20:55 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 58238 at http://weku.fm Electronic Cigarettes Out of Minors' Hands Beshear Signs Cannabis Oil Bill http://weku.fm/post/beshear-signs-cannabis-oil-bill <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients.</span></p><p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;"> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:45:41 +0000 Associated Press 58149 at http://weku.fm Beshear Signs Cannabis Oil Bill Kentucky Budget Surplus Seen Less Likely http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-budget-surplus-seen-less-likely <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. </span></p><p></p><p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:44:45 +0000 Associated Press 58150 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Budget Surplus Seen Less Likely Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges http://weku.fm/post/former-kentucky-lawmaker-john-arnold-cleared-ethics-charges <div><div style="margin-top: 14pt; margin-bottom: 14pt;"><span style="font-size: 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: normal;">FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.</span></div> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:52:21 +0000 Jonathan Meador 57960 at http://weku.fm Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges Decisions on State Road Projects Still to Come http://weku.fm/post/decisions-state-road-projects-still-come <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Decisions about three and a half billion dollars in road and bridge projects across Kentucky will wait for another day.</span></p><p></p><p>Lawmakers from the House and Senate spent many hours negotiating over the weekend before finally reaching agreement on a two year state budget.&nbsp; But, consensus on a road plan remains on the 'to do' list. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:53:27 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57644 at http://weku.fm Decisions on State Road Projects Still to Come Kentucky Legislators Approve Biennial Budget http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-legislators-approve-biennial-budget <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Final passage of a 20 billion dollar state budget brought with it high praise, but also some expression of disappointment and frustration.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:03:25 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57596 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Legislators Approve Biennial Budget Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House http://weku.fm/post/juvenile-justice-reforms-pass-house <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky House has passed the much-debated juvenile justice reform bill.&nbsp; Proponents say it could lead to state savings of 25 million dollars over a five year period by reducing incarceration for "low level offenders".</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:18:05 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57439 at http://weku.fm Juvenile Justice Reforms Pass House House Speaker Says Budget Negotiations Could Extend Into Next Week http://weku.fm/post/house-speaker-says-budget-negotiations-could-extend-next-week <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">The end of session schedule for the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly, as often the case, is up in the air. &nbsp;Leaders from both chambers are working to try to reach agreement on a two year budget.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:14:15 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57438 at http://weku.fm House Speaker Says Budget Negotiations Could Extend Into Next Week Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure http://weku.fm/post/senate-acts-public-private-partnership-measure <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Calibri, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky General Assembly is working to further public-private partnerships when it comes to large expensive projects.&nbsp; Legislation to assist in local and state projects has been approved by the state senate.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:08:17 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57437 at http://weku.fm Senate Acts on Public-Private Partnership Measure Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee http://weku.fm/post/heroin-bill-narrowly-passes-out-committee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill to raise penalties on heroin traffickers and provide new treatment options for opiate addicts has narrowly cleared a Kentucky House committee. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:54:11 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 57393 at http://weku.fm Heroin Bill Narrowly Passes Out of Committee Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Under Negotiation http://weku.fm/post/multi-billion-dollar-road-plan-under-negotiation <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Calibri, arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The state senate's approach to building and maintaining roads and bridges across the Commonwealth is moving forward.&nbsp; The transportation committee adopted the six-year road plan Wednesday.&nbsp; Committee Chair Ernie Harris says the multi billion dollar transportation program contains no tax increases.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:48:48 +0000 Stu Johnson WEKU News 57392 at http://weku.fm Multi Billion Dollar Road Plan Under Negotiation Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House http://weku.fm/post/cannabis-oil-bill-passes-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill permitting&nbsp;the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House. &nbsp;Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.</span></p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:45:49 +0000 Stu Johnson 57391 at http://weku.fm Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky http://weku.fm/post/senate-budget-defunds-aca-effort-kentucky <p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;">The Kentucky Senate’s $20 billion budget proposal aims to </span>defund<span style="font-family: 'Arial Black', sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%;"> the Affordable Care Act in the commonwealth, but its provisions won’t affect the program.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:22:46 +0000 Jonathan Meador Kentucky Public Radio 57340 at http://weku.fm Senate Budget Defunds ACA Effort in Kentucky