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1:38pm

Thu July 17, 2014
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Centre College Proposes Senatorial Debate

Centre College President John A. Roush (center) is joined by AARP State President Jim Kimbrough (far left), AARP State Director Ron Bridges (left), WAVE3 News Vice President and General Manager Ken Selvaggi (right) and Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
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Centre College President John A. Roush announced Thursday that the college has formally proposed to host a debate for Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.

The announcement came at a news conference in front of Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts, where both the 2000 and 2012 vice presidential debates took place.

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5:05pm

Wed July 16, 2014
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2014 Fancy Farm Lineup

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The 2014 Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky is now just a little more than two weeks away and the line-up of speakers is almost complete. But not quite. 


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4:41pm

Mon June 16, 2014
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Lexington Likely to Lift Election Day Alcohol Ban Before Fall Election

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Lexington city leaders will consider lifting an Election Day ban on the sale of alcohol this fall.  The state cleared the way to remove the prohibition, but it still defers to each locality.  Vice Mayor Linda Gorton doesn't think removing the alcohol sale ban on Election Day increases the chance of drunk voters.  "I really don't think that's a legitimate issue.  I think if somebody's that intent on going to the polls and being inebriated, they're gonna do it," said Gorton.

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5:25pm

Wed June 11, 2014
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Virginia Shocker Shows Money Not Always 'The Name of the Game,' Says UK Political Scientist

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A stunning loss for a congressional leader with years of experience and a cash-filled war chest may not signal disappointment with long time incumbency.   So says Steve Voss, political scientist at the University of Kentucky.

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4:25pm

Thu June 5, 2014
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UK Hopes to Land a Kentucky U.S. Senatorial Debate This Fall

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    The University of Kentucky is seeking to host a U.S. Senatorial debate in the next few months.  So far, neither candidate has committed.

The official request for UK to host a debate went out May ninth.  Although neither incumbent Mitch McConnell nor challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has said yes, the veteran senator has made format and scheduling suggestions. 

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10:11am

Thu May 22, 2014
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EKU Political Scientist Predicts Record Spending in U.S. Senate Race

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Kentucky's 2014 U.S. Senate race could go down as a record breaker.  That's the opinion of a professor in Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Government regarding this fall's contest between veteran incumbent Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

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10:09am

Thu May 22, 2014
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Governor Confident House Will Keep Democratic Majority

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There were myriad political races across the Commonwealth Tuesday including many legislative contests.  House Republican leaders remain hopeful to pick up enough seats in November to move the majority into GOP hands.

But, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he is confident that won't happen. "We have some great candidates that are not gonna get ready for the fall.  I feel good about the probability that we'll be able to maintain control of the House and perhaps even add a couple of seats to that majority, so I'm looking forward to November," said Beshear.

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2:34am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Political Stalwart McBrayer Laments 21st Century Campaign Style

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Long-time political stalwart Terry McBrayer expects a deluge of negative ads as a part of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race.  The contest between incumbent Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes begins officially Wednesday. Each of them won primary contests yesterday.

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2:15am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Grimes Distancing Herself from Obama

Kentucky's expected U.S. Senatorial race is on with Incumbent  Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes as the Republican and Democratic party choices.  Grimes easily outdistanced three fellow Democrats.   

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1:32am

Wed May 21, 2014
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McConnell to Face Grimes: Support from Bevin Uncertain

Incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell defeated Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in Tuesday's Kentucky Primay

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell defeated primary challenger Matt Bevin in the primary election Tuesday. But Bevin says he isn’t ready to back the senator. 

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1:19am

Wed May 21, 2014
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Gray and Beatty to Compete in Mayoral Race

The two-person field is set for Lexington's mayoral race.  Incumbent Jim Gray and former police chief Anthany Beatty will compete for the top job in Lexington government. 

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7:45pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Primary Election Updates

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has defeated millionaire businessman Matt Bevin in an expensive and bruising primary election in Kentucky. He'll face Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in the fall as he pursues his sixth term.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Alison Lundergan Grimes has won Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a highly anticipated race with Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell in November.

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3:58pm

Tue May 20, 2014
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Despite Changes in Polling Places, Fayette Clerk Not Expecting Lower Turnout Due to Redistricting

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The Kentucky Legislature's re-drawing of political boundaries last year could impact Tuesday's voting activity.  The 2013 redistricting shifted many addresses into new State Senate and State House Districts.  In some cases, precinct boundaries were moved.  

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12:28pm

Sun May 18, 2014
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Sixth District House Democratic Candidates

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Two candidates will be on the May 20 Primary ballot for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's Sixth District of the U.S. House of Representatives. WEKU reporter Stu Johnson spoke with both candidates.

Elisabeth Jensen

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11:51am

Sun May 18, 2014
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Lexington Mayoral Candidates

In our series this week, all three candidates for mayor of Lexington responded to questions about the horse industry.

Danny Mayer

First, Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer who's making his first run for public office. 

Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

Danny Mayer's campaign website

Anthany Beatty

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9:30pm

Thu May 15, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Sixth Congressional Seat, Elisabeth Jensen

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Lexington resident Elisabeth Jensen worked for a New York Clothing manufacturer in the 1980's and then Disney consumer products in the 90's.  In 2000, she help found a non-profit organization to help under-privileged children with their education.  Now, she's a candidate for the sixth Congressional seat in central Kentucky.  Jensen spoke to WEKU'S Stu Johnson about the role of the federal government in helping those in need.

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6:00am

Thu May 15, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Danny Mayer

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Bluegrass Community and Technical College instructor Danny Mayer is making his first run for public office.  The former community newspaper publisher is vying for one of two spots in the fall race for Lexington mayor. 

In our series this week, all three candidates have responded to questions about the horse industry.  Mayer tells WEKU's Stu Johnson the equine business has historical backing in the city.

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5:56pm

Wed May 14, 2014
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Comer Files Federal Lawsuit Over Impounded Hemp Seeds

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week. 

The DEA says the agriculture department could apply for a special permit to get the seeds, but  Holly Harris, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, says the permit would put serious restrictions on the state’s pilot hemp programs, which would research and cultivate the crop for industrial use.

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11:57pm

Tue May 13, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Jim Gray

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray says the bluegrass horse industry defines the rural landscape.  As part of our weeklong series on Primary 2014, the three candidates for mayor are being asked questions related to the equine industry.  Gray told WEKU's Stu Johnson the Purchase of Development Rights property preservation program is a part of the equation.

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11:57pm

Mon May 12, 2014
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Candidate Q and A: Lexington Mayor's Race, Anthany Beatty

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    A field of three in the race for Lexington mayor will be trimmed to two next Tuesday.   Our weeklong series on the upcoming May primary continues with all three mayoral candidates weighing in on the equine industry.  Here's WEKU'S Stu Johnson with former Lexington police chief and current candidate for mayor Anthany Beatty.

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11:35pm

Fri May 2, 2014
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Lexington Forum Hosts Mayoral Candidates Debate

Members of the audience were invited to ask questions as part of the Mayoral Candidates Debate May 1, 2014, hosted by the Lexington Forum
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This is coverage of the mayoral candidates debate sponsored by the Lexington Forum in its entirety.  This broadcast was recorded Thursday May 1st at the Hilary Boone Center on the campus of the University of Kentucky.

This program features three candidates running for the office of mayor of Lexington who will appear on the ballot for the 2014 Primary on May 20, 2014.  They are: incumbent Jim Gray and challengers Danny Mayer and Anthany Beatty.

The two top vote-getters in the primary will face each other on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

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1:33pm

Tue April 29, 2014
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Leading Candidates “No-Shows” for TV Forums

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    For the second week in a row, a leading U.S. Senatorial candidate didn't participate in a broadcast forum produced by Kentucky Educational Television.   Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell didn't take part in the Kentucky Tonight TV show last week and Monday night Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes passed on the program.    Democrat Burrell Farnsley also did not attend this week’sforum in Lexington.

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9:21am

Mon April 14, 2014
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Lawmakers Return to Frankfort for Veto Session

Kentucky lawmakers return to Frankfort Monday to consider any vetoes penned by Governor Steve Beshear. One of those vetoes focuses on capital construction strategies.  Beshear has vetoed a public-private partnership measure which gives state and local governments more leeway in using private companies to move forward with typically expensive construction projects.   The bill, approved by the General Assembly, would prohibit the use of tolls to help finance a bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio.

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6:58am

Mon March 17, 2014
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Perry Promotes State GOP in West Kentucky

Texas Governor Rick Perry
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Western Kentucky Republicans gathered at Murray State University’s Curris Center this weekend for the Calloway County GOP’s Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, themed around the prospect of flipping control of the Kentucky House of Representatives to Republican control

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9:44pm

Tue January 28, 2014
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Lexington Mayoral Race Becomes Three Person Field

Anthany Beatty and wife Eunice Beatty at the Fayette County Clerk's office Tuesday
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The contest to become mayor of Lexington is now a three person race.  The field includes a former police chief and an English professor as well as the incumbent.

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10:28am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Former Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty Will Try to Unseat Mayor Jim Gray

Former police chief Anthany Beatty said he will run for Lexington mayor, challenging incumbent Jim Gray. Beatty said he will issue a "special announcement" immediately after he submits required election papers to the Fayette County clerk's office just after noon Tuesday.

Credit CHARLES BERTRAM — Lexington Herald-Leader file photoFormer Lexington Police Chief Anthany Beatty, shown in 2008 in his subsequent job as assistant vice president for campus services, said Tuesday he is running for mayor in the 2014 election.Edit | Remove

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7:44am

Tue January 28, 2014
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Budget Subcommittee Chair Concerned about Mental Health for Newly-Insured

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A veteran state lawmaker is concerned the growing number of Kentuckians with health insurance could stress those who care for the mentally ill.  Jimmy Lee chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Human Resources.  The committee met Monday to begin reviewing Governor Beshear’s recommended budget.  


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9:14pm

Thu January 9, 2014
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Federal Promise Zone Created For Appalachian Kentucky

Southeast Kentucky Representative Hal Rogers broke with the Commonwealth's other congressional Republicans in endorsing the Obama Administration's "Promise Zones."

Eastern Kentucky has just one of five communities across the US included in the first phase of an initiative the Obama Administration hopes will spur economic growth. So-called Promise Zones are intended to give depressed communities a leg up in securing federal dollars. According to U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation won out in part because it’s spread across eight counties in central Appalachia.  


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6:29am

Thu December 12, 2013
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Recanvass Sought in Western Kentucky Special Election

Kim Humprhey-Democrat in Senatorial Race
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Democrats are seeking a recanvass in a western Kentucky legislative race in which a Republican has already claimed victory.  Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro had 3,568 votes, narrowly besting Morganfield Democrat Kim Humphrey's 3,436 votes in western Kentucky's 7th District. Humphrey requested the recanvass.

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6:50am

Mon December 9, 2013
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New Mayoral Portraits at Lexington City Hall

Lexington Council Member Bill Farmer
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A series of additional portraits now decorate the walls of Lexington’s Council Chambers. Paintings of four former mayors were retrieved by Mayor Jim Gray and Council member Bill Farmer from an old storage site

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