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4:45pm

Thu March 19, 2015
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Kentucky Lawmakers Still At Odds Over Sentencing Heroin Traffickers

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Kentucky lawmakers say they’ve come a long way in coming up with a legislative solution to the state’s heroin epidemic, but no consensus has emerged on the biggest sticking point—how to punish heroin traffickers.

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5:00pm

Mon March 16, 2015
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Ky Governor Hopeful Takes Giant Leap - From a Plane

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Will T. Scott took a giant leap in an effort to bring attention to his candidacy for governor of Kentucky: He jumped out of an airplane.

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10:44pm

Wed March 11, 2015
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Three High-Profile Bills Likely Dead in the Kentucky State Senate

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Bills for the local option sales tax, public-private partnerships and a statewide smoking ban won’t likely win approval during the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session.

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5:13pm

Wed March 11, 2015
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Ky Students Get Hard Lesson in Politics from Lawmakers

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A group of bright-eyed, clean cut high school students are learning a hard lesson about politics in Kentucky's state legislature.

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5:24pm

Tue March 10, 2015
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Tax Check Off Proposal Clears Kentucky House

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The Kentucky House has passed a bill to create tax check off programs to support rape crisis centers and pediatric cancer research.

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5:09pm

Tue March 10, 2015
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Ky House Blocks Attempt to Double Campaign Contribution Limits

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The Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives has refused to agree to a bill that would double the amount of money people can donate to political candidates.

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4:52pm

Tue March 10, 2015
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Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Tobacco Settlement Bill

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The Kentucky state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would restore funds to several programs associated with the 1998 tobacco settlement.

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4:26pm

Wed March 4, 2015
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Craft Breweries Win Battle Over Who Can Distribute Alcohol

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Craft breweries have won a victory over Anheuser-Busch after the state Senate voted to force the beverage giant to sell the two Kentucky companies it owns that distributes its products.

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3:21pm

Wed March 4, 2015
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Ky Senate Passes No Jail Jailers Bill

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The Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would place more accountability requirements on counties that have jailers but no jails. 

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2:19pm

Tue March 3, 2015
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House-Approved Kentucky Dating Violence Bill Heads To Full Senate

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Kentucky is one step closer to providing victims of dating violence with the same protections given married victims.

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4:14pm

Mon March 2, 2015
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KY General Assembly Enters Final Stretch of 2015 Session

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Kentucky lawmakers have entered the final stretch of the 2015 General Assembly, with hundreds of bills awaiting action before the final gavel falls later this month.

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4:38pm

Mon February 23, 2015
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Bill Would Exempt Some Pastors from Workers' Comp Insurance

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House lawmakers have advanced a bill that would exempt some pastors from paying workers' compensation insurance.

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4:21pm

Wed February 18, 2015
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Kentucky House Postpones Meeting Until Monday

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The Kentucky House has canceled its meetings for the rest of the week after another winter storm dumped 3 more inches of snow in the state's capital city.

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3:25pm

Fri February 13, 2015
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Bill to Combat Heroin Use Passes Kentucky House

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The Kentucky House has passed its version of legislation to combat the state's growing heroin problem.

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11:45am

Fri February 13, 2015
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In State with Tobacco Ties, Kentucky House OKs Smoking Ban

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The Kentucky House has endorsed a statewide smoking ban in public buildings and most workplaces in a landmark vote in a state with historic ties to tobacco.

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4:15pm

Thu February 12, 2015
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Paul Positions for Presidential Campaign with Kentucky Caucus Request

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul is asking Kentucky Republican leaders to change the party’s state primary to an early caucus. 

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5:52pm

Thu February 5, 2015
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Abortion-Related Bill Clears Kentucky Senate

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The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill aimed at requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds prior to abortions and describe what the procedure shows to pregnant women.

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5:10pm

Wed February 4, 2015
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Lawmaker Who Fired State Worker Added to Harassment Lawsuit

Johnny Bell, right, fired Yolanda Costner this month after he became House majority whip.
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One of the top-ranking Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives has been added to an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit in Franklin County.

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4:50pm

Wed January 28, 2015
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Political Races Set for 2015, but Are Voters Tuning In Yet?

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    The deadline to file for statewide office has come and gone, and now the fields are set for the May primary. Centre College Political Scientist Dan Stroup says while who's running and who's not creates interest among political insiders, the same may not be said for the average voter.  "You know, the primary is not until May and the election then in November and it's probably not as important on people's radar screens as the basketball season right now, for example," said Stroup.

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4:54pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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Kentucky LRC Audit Says Little About Sexual Harassment

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The long-anticipated performance audit of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission gives scant attention to the issue that led to the review—workplace sexual harassment.

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4:20pm

Tue January 27, 2015
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John Arnold Accuser Alleges Retaliation in Firing From Kentucky Statehouse Job

State Rep. Johnny Bell
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A former Kentucky legislative staffer alleges House Majority Whip Johnny Bell fired her because she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against another legislator.

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1:13pm

Mon January 26, 2015
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Alison Lundergan Grimes Seeking Re-Election to Sec. of State Seat

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Alison Lundergan Grimes is seeking another term as Kentucky’s Secretary of State.

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11:36am

Fri January 23, 2015
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GOP Candidates Mostly Agree at Gubernatorial Forum

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Kentucky's Republican candidates for governor found little to disagree with during their first joint appearance of the 2015 election cycle.

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2:47pm

Thu January 22, 2015
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Comer Files to Run for Governor

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Republican James Comer officially filed for governor Thursday morning.

The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with running mate state Sen. Chris McDaniel from northern Kentucky. But Thursday marks the official start of his 2015 campaign.

Comer is the second Republican to file for governor following former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott. Former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner also plans to run but has not officially filed yet.

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1:50pm

Thu January 22, 2015
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Two Well Known Kentucky Political Observers Reflect on Wendell Ford's Legacy

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The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era.  So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades.  Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair.  "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."

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4:15pm

Wed January 21, 2015
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Chao Resigns from Bloomberg Philanthropies Over Coal Issues

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife has resigned from Bloomberg Philanthropies' board of directors after the charity announced plans to expand its efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants.

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5:17pm

Tue January 20, 2015
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Mayor Gray's State of the City Address (FULL AUDIO)

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray delivered his annual State of the City address on Tuesday. Gray touted previous accomplishments, as well as future plans for his administration.

He also touched on statewide issues. Gray says he plans to ask 2015 gubernatorial candidates to include tax reform in their platforms. He says he backs many of the suggestions in the most recent tax reform report.

Mayor Gray is also asking state lawmakers to support a local sales tax option proposal. 

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4:07pm

Mon January 19, 2015

5:45pm

Thu January 15, 2015
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Scaffolding Greets Visitors to Lexington's City Hall

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Crews are working this week at Lexington City Hall to repair damage following a recent sewer line break above the first floor ceiling. 

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4:54pm

Wed January 14, 2015
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Kentucky AFL-CIO Prepares for Litigation as Counties Pass Right-to-Work Ordinances

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After Republicans failed to take control of the Kentucky House of Representatives in November’s election, five counties have now passed local right-to-work ordinances in the face of grim prospects in Frankfort. 

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