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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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2:49pm

Wed January 14, 2015
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Edelen Files for Re-Election as State Auditor

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Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen has filed for re-election.

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11:36am

Mon January 12, 2015

11:13pm

Wed January 7, 2015
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Gov. Beshear Delivers Final State of the Commonwealth Address

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Democratic Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear addressed the state's General Assembly to present his nearly hour-long annual State of the Commonwealth speech. 

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7:52pm

Wed January 7, 2015
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Kentucky Lawmaker Charged with DUI

Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard (left), appears in the Senate chamber for work on January 7, 2014 after his DUI arrest the night before.
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A Kentucky lawmaker has been charged with driving under the influence after being stopped by a state police officer on Tuesday, the opening day of the legislative session.

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3:36pm

Tue January 6, 2015
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Pilot Project Announced to Combat Heroin Overdose Deaths

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Combating heroin use has quickly emerged as an overarching issue as Kentucky lawmakers convene at the Capitol to start their annual legislative session.

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5:40pm

Thu December 18, 2014
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Conway Calls for Stiffer Heroin Penalties

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Kentucky's top prosecutor joined other law enforcement officials on Thursday to call for higher penalties for heroin dealers and better treatment options for overdose victims.

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4:05pm

Tue December 16, 2014
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Ex-Kentucky Mayor Sentenced to 90 Months in Prison

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A former eastern Kentucky mayor who was convicted of intentionally violating voters' civil rights during the 2012 general election has been sentenced to 90 months in prison.

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3:03pm

Tue December 2, 2014
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Rand Paul to Run for Senate Re-election in 2016

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Kentucky Republican Rand Paul says he will seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

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3:24pm

Tue November 25, 2014
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KY Senate Republicans Nominate Leaders

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Senate Republicans have nominated a Greensburg business owner to become the second-highest ranking official in the state Senate.

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4:48pm

Fri November 14, 2014
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Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen Sworn In Before Packed State Capitol Rotunda

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A Kentuckian known for decades of public service in state government was publicly sworn inFriday as the Commonwealth's Lieutenant Governor.  A public oath of office ceremony was performed before a packed rotunda at the state capitol for Crit Luallen.  In her address to the audience, Luallen paid homage to the state's founding fathers.  "We are here to carry out the hopes of those who could only dream of what lay ahead for our state, but laid these stones and built the foundation of a state government that would serve every Kentuckian in every corner of the Commonwealth with quality and int

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4:53pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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KY Dems Maintain Control of House

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Following the mid-term election, the political makeup of Kentucky's 100 member House will remain the same.  The news is pleasing to House Democrats, but disappointing to GOP supporters.

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3:39pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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Stumbo to Press for Higher Minimum Wage

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he'll make another push to raise the state's minimum wage, but he faces the same skepticism from his Senate counterparts.

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2:37pm

Wed November 5, 2014
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McConnell Cites Trade Agreements, Taxes for Action

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Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says voters expect newly empowered Republicans and the Democratic White House to find common ground for fast action.

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3:40am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Following loss, Grimes Pledges to Keep Fighting for Kentucky

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What had been a relatively tight race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky turned out to be a substantial win for the incumbent leader in the 100 member Senate. 

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3:31am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Conway: Grimes’ Loss Not a Setback for State Democratic Party

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Kentucky's attorney general says Alison Lundergan Grimes' decision about whether to run for another political office is a personal one. Jack Conway attended Grimes' post-election event in Lexington Tuesday night.

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3:28am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Lexington Mayor Easily Wins Second Term

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray will now go about the business of setting an agenda for a second term in office. It appears the mayor would like to continue what he's started.

In his opening remarks to a celebratory crowd Tuesday night in downtown Lexington, the victorious incumbent sounded a familiar tune.

"Thanks to all of you and thanks for helping us all to get things done in Lexington," said Gray

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3:18am

Wed November 5, 2014
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Steve Kay to Become Lexington's Next Vice Mayor

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Come January, Lexington's new vice mayor will be Steve Kay.  The incumbent council member won top vote honors Tuesday night among the three at large winners.  Fellow council member Kevin Stinnett and former council member Richard Moloney also earned at large council seats.

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9:11pm

Tue November 4, 2014
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Barr Re-elected in Kentucky's 6th district

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr has won his first re-election campaign in Kentucky's 6th congressional district.

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6:28pm

Tue November 4, 2014
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Election 2014 Coverage & Results

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WEKU and NPR's  live coverage of Election 2014 begins at 8 pm, continuing until 1 am. Below are some links to election returns and other useful information. 

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10:58pm

Mon November 3, 2014
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Alcohol Sales Return to Election Day in Lexington

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    A recent change in local law will allow alcohol sales in Lexington for the duration of this Election Day. Prior to September, the sale of alcohol in Lexington stores, bars, or restaurants was prohibited while polls were open.

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10:52pm

Mon November 3, 2014
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Future Prospects of Latino Representation on Urban County Council

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A longtime advocate for Lexington area Latinos sees governing board representation over the next decade.  Freddie Peralta came to America almost 30 years ago.  Peralta expects Hispanic interests to get a more thorough hearing at city hall in the years ahead. 

"Just also, a matter of numbers.  The number of Latino in our community keeps growing and the number of citizens that are Latino keep growing.  And I thought we're gonna have some sort of representation coming," said Peralta.

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