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12:40am

Tue June 7, 2011
Statehouse News

Primary Vote Tally Certified

The results of Kentucky’s May 17th primary election have been officially certified.  It took the State Board of Elections less than an hour to go over the numbers and certify the primary vote tallies.  Secretary of State Elaine Walker says the only exception to the election night vote count was addressed in a recanvass conducted two weeks ago. 

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12:01am

Mon June 6, 2011
Statehouse News

New Look for Hall of Governors

The newly renovated Hall of Governors at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort reopened over the weekend.  The Hall of Governors is literally a wide hallway in the west wing of the history center. It's lined with the portraits of dozens of Kentucky governors. In years past, visitors often breezed through the room, because there was no historical or biographical information accompanying the paintings. That's no longer the case, says Scott Alvey, who's overseeing the hall's redevelopment.

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8:25pm

Fri June 3, 2011
Statehouse News

Gunsights on Sandhill Cranes

FRANKFORT, KY  - Over the objections of a bevy of birdwatchers, a sandhill crane hunting season may soon become a reality in Kentucky.   Sandhill cranes are large, migratory birds that were almost completely wiped out in the early 1900's, but rebounded with federal protection. The population east of the Mississippi River now numbers around 60,000 and many of the birds winter in Kentucky.

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6:31am

Fri June 3, 2011
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Coal Rules Blamed for Power Rate Hikes

Power rates will rise.  That’s the bottom line of testimony in Frankfort on the costs of meeting new federal environmental standards for coal-fired utilities in Kentucky.  Representatives of several coal-fired utilities in Kentucky say meeting federal clean air standards already in the pipeline will require investments of billions of dollars.  John Voyles of LG&E and KU says their capital costs could rise by four billion dollars over the next ten years

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5:44pm

Wed June 1, 2011
Statehouse News

Six Random Counties Selected for Audits

Six Kentucky counties have been chosen at random for mandatory, post-primary election audits. Attorney General Jack Conway conducted the drawing, and the counties chosen at random to be audited are Wolfe, Boyd, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Estill and Clark. Pendleton County was drawn before Clark, but disqualified, because it was audited in the previous election. Conway says investigators will now be dispatched to the six counties drawn.

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5:49pm

Tue May 31, 2011
Statehouse News

Former Rep. Eddie Ballard Dies

Praise is pouring in for former Kentucky Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville, who died Tuesday at age 81.   The Hopkins County Democrat, who retired from the legislature last year, had served in the  Kentucky House since 1987.  He was chairman of the Tourism, Development and Energy Committee and vice-chair of the State Government committee. 

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1:50pm

Fri May 27, 2011
Statehouse News

Beshear Claims Growing GOP Support

Gov. Steve Beshear's campaign says the list of Republicans backing the Kentucky Democrat's re-election bid this fall is growing.  But the man Beshear faces this fall says there are many reasons why some Republicans would be donating to a sitting governor's re-election campaign. On the day before Kentucky Republicans held their post-primary unity rally at GOP headquarters in Frankfort, Gov. Beshear's campaign released the names of 70 Republicans backing his re-election bid. Among the names was former lieutenant governor Steve Pence.

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3:29pm

Thu May 26, 2011
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Legg Concedes After Recanvass

Bill Johnson of Elkton has again prevailed in the Republican primary for Kentucky Secretary of State.  On election night, Johnson defeated Hilda Legg of Somerset by just over 1,100 votes, but Legg sought a recheck of voting machine tallies.  The recanvass shows Johnson picking up five votes, and Legg gaining 11.

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4:15pm

Wed May 25, 2011
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Marathon Petroleum Prevails

A Frankfort judge, in a price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum, has refused to force the oil company to roll back gas prices in Kentucky.   The ruling comes in a case originally filed several years ago, in which the oil company was accused of price gouging following disasters.

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11:29pm

Tue May 24, 2011
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Thomas Williams, Top Trooper

The 2010 Kentucky State Police Trooper of the Year is a veteran of Post 1 in Mayfield, in far western Kentucky.   Senior Trooper Thomas Williams was honored along with a host of other state troopers in an awards ceremony in Frankfort.

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11:40pm

Sun May 22, 2011
Statehouse News

GOP Claims Unity at Frankfort Rally

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Kentucky Republicans held a post-primary rally at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort Saturday to show a united front for the fall.  But despite claims of party unity, it appears the Republicans may have a few chinks in their armor.

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2:56pm

Fri May 20, 2011
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GOP To Rally; Legg Seeks Recanvass

In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, Kentucky Republicans, including Senate President David Williams, will hold a unity rally Saturday at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort.  But the man Williams faces in the fall is already trying to spoil the party.

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9:54pm

Thu May 19, 2011
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Marathon Price Gouging Hearing

In Frankfort, two economic experts battled it out in a day long hearing in Kentucky's gas price gouging case against Marathon Petroleum.  The state is accusing Marathon of illegally jacking up gasoline prices during a state of emergency declared on April 26th and still in effect.  The company denies any wrongdoing.

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4:46pm

Wed May 18, 2011
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Assessing the Governor's Race

The top two leaders of the Kentucky House of Representatives are assessing the outcome of Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.  Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Minority Floor Leader Jeffrey Hoover have been studying the counties captured by Senate President David Williams, who grabbed the Republican nomination. 

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10:29am

Wed May 18, 2011
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It's Beshear vs Williams

It'll be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear against Senate President David Williams in the fall.   The line up for the November general election was settled last night in the Democratic and Republican primaries.  Beshear had no primary opposition, but he roused a crowd of several hundred in Frankfort, with a litany of his accomplishments in his first three and a half years in office.

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12:33pm

Mon May 16, 2011
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Price Gouging Hearing to Continue

Nothing was resolved at a Frankfort hearing in Kentucky's price gouging case against Marathon Oil.  Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate is in the middle of a murder trial, and rescheduled the Marathon case for Thursday morning.

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2:35pm

Fri May 13, 2011
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Conway Says Marathon Oil Price Gouging

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is accusing Marathon Petroleum Company of price gouging during a state of emergency.  The legal brief has been added to an ongoing lawsuit against Marathon for alleged price gouging during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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6:54pm

Thu May 12, 2011
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Tourism Boosting Kentucky's Economy

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There’s another encouraging sign on Kentucky’s economic front.  Tourism is up.  Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow says tourism had an $11 billion impact on Kentucky’s economy last year.  That’s an almost five percent increase over the previous year. 

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4:42pm

Wed May 11, 2011
Statehouse News

Crowded Field for Tuesday's Primary

 

Kentucky voters Tuesday will decide contested primary races for six, statewide constitutional  offices.  Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh assesses the crowded field of candidates.

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8:39am

Wed May 11, 2011
Statehouse News

State Predicts 10% Voter Turnout

Secretary of State Elaine Walker is predicting low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, even though voter registration numbers are up.  A record 2.9 million Kentuckians are now registered to vote. That’s 11,000 more than in the 2008 General Election, the previous record. But getting voters excited about Tuesday’s primary appears to be a tough sale, says Secretary of State Elaine Walker. She’s predicting voter turnout of around nine to ten percent.

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9:47pm

Tue May 10, 2011
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Ky Still on Road to Recovery

Kentucky continues to show positive gains in state revenue receipts.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh has the latest tax collection numbers.

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1:08pm

Tue May 10, 2011
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State Police Get Training Center

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.

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3:00pm

Mon May 9, 2011
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Ethics Commission Punts on Lobbyist Issue

The question of whether or not a registered lobbyist should serve on Kentucky’s State Board of Elections remains unresolved.  Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh says the ethics board that considered the question deferred action.

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4:58pm

Fri May 6, 2011
Statehouse News

Derby Breakfast Sees Major Cutbacks

Rising costs have put the kibosh on the annual, state-funded Governor's Derby Breakfast at the State Capitol. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh says it's now more of a festival, and the location has changed.

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1:35pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Statehouse News

Ky Insurance Officials Head South

Aid assistance in the wake of natural disasters comes in many forms.  And as Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports, sometimes it involves sending qualified individuals to places like tornado-wracked Alabama to help field insurance questions. 

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4:55pm

Wed May 4, 2011
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Floral Clock Strikes Golden

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.

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