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The Kentucky General Assembly is looking at ways to improve foster care and adoption, although the real push for reforms is likely a year away.

Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for change when it comes to state adoptions and foster care.  He raised the issue during his State of the Commonwealth address last week.


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Dozens of Kentucky college students rallied for nearly two hours in Frankfort Monday to show their concerns about tuition and student debt  

Student leaders and a number of state office-holders drew repeated cheers in the capitol rotunda.

EDITOR'S NOTE: We apologize for the misspelling and mispronunciation of Bruce Horseman's name. Copy below has been corrected - JH

New Leader Named To Kentucky Commission on Women

Feb 13, 2017
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The new chairwoman of the Kentucky Commission on Women is stepping into a brand new role, different than her position as head of an advanced technology firm.

Danette Wilder is president of SealingLife Technology. She said one goal of the Commission this year will be to influence the lives of women in areas like education, entrepreneurship, health and well-being.  Wilder said pay equity remains an issue.


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Gov. Matt Bevin is calling upon the Kentucky General Assembly to make “bold, hard, decisions” when it comes to tax reform. 

During Wednesday State of the Commonwealth speech, Bevin said tax reform and further steps to reduce the state’s $82 million pension deficit need to be done together in a special session this year.  Bevin said some 300 tax loopholes deserve attention.

 “We exempt more income in Kentucky than we take in.  That’s going to have to change, ” Bevin said.


Kentucky Council on Churches

The leader of the Kentucky Council of Churches believes faith communities can help reduce gun violence. The comments come as the Lexington community deals with three shooting deaths in the past week.

 


Abortion Bills Prompt Debate, Protest

Jan 9, 2017
Stu Johnson

Debate and action on two abortion measures received attention in Frankfort during the opening 

week of the 2017 legislative session.  ​

 The observers included two people with completely different perspectives.

Religious Leaders Plan Weekly Frankfort Visits

Jan 4, 2017
Stu Johnson

 

Religious leaders from a number of Christian faiths gathered in Kentucky's capitol rotunda Tuesday.  They're planning weekly visits to Frankfort to spotlight issues and pray.

 

Face of State Capitol Getting a Makeover

Nov 3, 2016
Stu Johnson

It’s been nearly a half century since the Frankfort home of Kentucky's government got the kind of attention it’s getting this fall as power washing crews tackle the front of the Capitol Building. 

Project Manager Bernie Engelman says this type of thorough cleaning and mortar joint work hasn’t been done for 40 to 50 years. 

He says it’s needed to help protect against weather-related damage,  “If water were to get into the cracks or into the mortar joints, and start getting in there, it could freeze and thaw and pop parts of the limestone off.”

Performance Funding Work Group Gathering for First Meeting

Jul 19, 2016
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A group charged with determining university funding based on performances is meeting Tuesday in Frankfort. This is the first of three meetings of the newly-formed Performance Funding Work Group.

Those serving on the workgroup are trying to develop a formula to determine how much money public schools should receive from the state. 
 

High School Students Rally For Search Committee Voice

Mar 23, 2015
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Several high school students continue to let their voices be heard in Frankfort, but it may not result in the action they seek.  A number of sign carrying students rallied Monday in support of legislation to add student representation on school superintendent search committees.  Students are hoping for a last minute push to get the bill through the Kentucky general assembly.  It’s passage became more questionable after the state senate attached an amendment related to school bathroom regulations and transgender students.  Some members of the House have indicated inclusion of that amendment

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The All 'A' Classic high school basketball tournament is in Frankfort this week.  Games for both boys and girls teams run through the weekend at the downtown convention center.  Tourist and Convention Commission Director Joy Jeffries says the city is expected to see almost a $1.5 million economic impact. "As the tournament progresses there's less and less games during the day, so they've got a little more time,” said Jeffries. “Or, they can take a run out and check something out.  Jeffries says man of the city’s attractions are in close proximity to the convention center.

Beep Baseball Complex Heading to Frankfort

Aug 12, 2014
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    A different kind of baseball game is coming to the region.  When baseball season begins next spring, a game designed for the visually impaired will be played in Frankfort.

A beep baseball complex is planned for a site near the Kentucky River.   The ball emits beeps as both the batter and fielders are blindfolded.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has decided to close a minimum security prison and make it a training academy for Kentucky State Police. Beshear says the state no longer needs the Frankfort Career Development Center, which houses 205 low-risk inmates.

The floral clock on the grounds of the Kentucky State Capitol is 50 years old.  A golden anniversary celebration at the clock today attracted more than 200 people, including Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh.