Kentucky senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes speaks to a large crowd of supporters Thursday evening in the Prestonsburg Mountain Arts Center. Jan. 16, 2014
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The Bluegrass Poll, which The Courier-Journal and its partners rolled out just over a week ago, is supposed to give a snapshot of what was going on at the time the poll is taken and isn’t meant to predict what will happen when elections are held months from now. But Stephen Voss, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, spotted some trends that could suggest problems for Republicans decades from now unless the party rethinks some of its positions. What Voss noticed was that on social issues, voters between the ages of 18 and 34, including many who are just now figuring out where they stand on the political spectrum, were markedly more liberal than older Kentuckians.
Linda and Kevin Helmintoller, both of Tamp, Fla., stand in front of the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum which swallowed a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette they donated to the museum, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.
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The red 2001 Mallett Hammer Conversion ZO6 Corvette that Kevin and Linda Helmintoller donated to the National Corvette Museum had been on display in the museum’s Skydome just six weeks when a sinkhole swallowed it last week.
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Kristina Hall, Judge Leigh Anne Stephens and Clinton Stacy.
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Whether they opt for a traditional ceremony, something a bit more offbeat, or even a short courthouse certificate signing, pretty much every bride-and groom-to-be has an ideal wedding. But one couple in eastern Kentucky never imagined their wedding would take place…in a grocery store.
A glimpse of what it's like in the sinkhole that opened up Wednesday under a wing of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky.
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Security cameras were rolling Wednesday when a sinkhole opened up underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. As we reported earlier, eight of the iconic sports cars were sucked down into a hole about 40 feet deep.
U.S. District Court Judge John Heyburn has struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., issued a statement commending the judge's ruling: “I am proud of the four Kentucky families who are standing up for marriage equality in this lawsuit and of the thousands more who continue this fight every day. Today’s ruling is an important step forward in the march toward recognition of all marriages under the law and full equality in our Commonwealth.”
Meanwhile, the Family Foundation issued a statement taking the opposite point of view. According to the foundation's news release: "Kentucky marriage policy will now be dictated from places like Boston and San Francisco," said Martin Cothran, a spokesman for The Family Foundation said in the release.
A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
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Officials say the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Eight cars were affected by the sinkhole, several others that were in the domed area of the museum remain in place. Reversing an earlier decision, the museum has announced that it is closed at the moment.
A majority of Kentucky voters continues to oppose same-sex marriage, but public opinion appears to be shifting on the issue.
A new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll found that 55 percent of registered voters oppose same-sex marriage, compared with 35 percent who support allowing gays and lesbians to marry in Kentucky. Ten percent weren't sure.
UPDATED: A winter storm that will begin as rain but change over to snow will hit Kentucky Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire state beginning Sunday afternoon and continuing into Monday morning. Snowfall amount predictions from the weather service range from 1-2 inches for Western Kentucky and 6-9 inches for Eastern Kentucky.
The scene of Thursday's house fire in Muhlenberg County
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Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.
Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by a malfunctioning baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after 2 a.m.
Governor Steve Beshear's $20 billion budget includes nearly $190 million for K through 12 education, even at the expense of cuts to many other state agencies. Part of that funding for education is coming at the expense of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador reports that the pension's unfunded liability could bring about dire financial straits for the Commonwealth.
Legislation that would require Kentucky schools to have personnel trained in diabetes management is headed to the House floor. There were some questions raised in committee Thursday about the measure. Western Kentucky representative Ben Waide asked about diabetes training slippage.
Gov. Beshear delivered his budget address before a joint session of the General Assembly at the State Capitol Tuesday
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Governor Steve Beshear says ‘harsh’ budget cuts to some state agencies are needed to move the Commonwealth forward in the areas of education and economic development. The governor outlined his budget strategy last night during a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Budget Address before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly Tuesday January 21 at the State Capitol in Frankfort.
Attached are copies of the Governor's address and fact sheets with information about specific aspects of his budget proposal. These are .PDF documents that you can download to your computer or click to view in a .PDF reader.
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says President Obama isn’t going far enough with changing the country’s data collection policy. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul believes the privacy of American citizens will continue to be violated despite today’s speech by the President.
Two state parks have been affected by water problems brought on by recent cold weather, temporarily closing one of the parks and leaving the other with no food service. The Kentucky Department of Parks says Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County is temporarily closed due to a lack of water.
The U.S. military drawdown in countries like Afghanistan is not causing big changes for a Lexington based military care organization. Military Missions Incorporated hears from contributors all across the United States.
Kentucky has closed on a bond issue that's a key part of financing for a new Ohio River bridge that will connect Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind. State transportation officials say it will provide $761 million for the downtown project.
A grand jury has indicted the mayor and the city clerk of a small town in central Kentucky on 69 counts. The News-Enterprise reports the indictments handed down by the Larue County grand jury came after a long investigation prompted by complaints from residents.
All-star cheer and dance teams representing eight states are competing this weekend in Louisville at the Triple Crown Showdown of cheerleading. The Courier-Journal reports more than 6,000 cheerleaders as young as 4 years old will participate at the fairgrounds.
An eastern Kentucky judge-executive whose county was devastated by a tornado has pleaded not guilty to federal charges. Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley was arraigned Tuesday, one day after an unsealed indictment accused him of steering work to a construction contractor in exchange for kickbacks.
A roundup of drug offenders touted by the Kentucky State Police as the largest such operation in its history still has a ways to go. “Operation Black Friday” began on Nov. 1 to arrest nearly 500 drug offenders across the state, but about a third of those targets remain at-large.
It may be a little cool, but a group of Fort Knox soldiers are gearing up for some November baseball. This is an outdoor activity with several twists. It’s a brand new game for wounded warriors in the Fort Knox transition program. It’s called ‘Beep’ baseball. As suggested, the ball sounds off with repetitive beeps. It was developed for people with visual impairment, but even players with vision are blindfolded.
Nearly 870 thousand Kentuckians will see a decrease in their food stamp benefits. The change comes as federal recovery dollars dry up. As of next onth, on average, eligible Kentucky households will experience a five and a half percent reduction in food stamps. Mark Cornett, Deputy Commissioner in the Health and Family Services Cabinet, says the impact ranges from about 20 to 36 dollars a month, depending upon household size.
A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest in western Kentucky will be dedicated this week. Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will meet lawmakers, local officials, funding partners and others at the 42 hundred-acre property Wednesday.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says motorists should expect heavy traffic delays on Interstate 64 in Franklin County this week. Engineers will be inspecting bridges over the Kentucky River. Equipment problems and the need to have power shut down on some nearby electrical lines have delayed the work.
Kentucky is in the running to land a hemp processing plant being considered by a Canadian company. The CEO of Hemp Oil Canada says Kentucky has hemp-growing heritage but questions about the plant's legality have to be resolved.
Kentucky state auditor Adam Edelen plans to hold a summit in northern Kentucky to address corruption after a multitude of cases in the area. The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Edelen plans to speak with public and local elected leaders about how to catch the misuse of public funds.
Interstates 75/71 as they pass over the Brent Spence Bridge from Northern Kentucky and into Cincinnati.
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Kentucky and Ohio transportation officials are working to finance a new interstate bridge linking Covington with Cincinnati. Officials from both states released a report identifying funding options today. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the 50 year old Brent Spence remains sound and would still carry northbound I-71 traffic.
Officials at Kentucky's two major Army posts say basic services such as utilities, public safety and hospital emergency services are still functioning despite a partial government shutdown. Fort Knox Garrison Commander Col. T.J. Edwards says some civilian employees have received furlough notices, but soldiers and other essential personnel are still on duty.