Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by...

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Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the...

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Confusion and frustration remain on all sides in the wake of heroin bill's failure

As the governor leaves the door open for a special session to take up the heroin bill, the chief proponents for the bill in both...

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Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than...

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Sen. Julie Denton leaves legacy of efficiency and passion for issues

After 20-years in the legislature Sen. Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has prescribed herself a dose of get-out-of-Frankfort.

Denton is...

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House members honor retiring Rep. Dwight Butler for being a consummate gentleman

Rep. Dwight Butler, R-Harned, often jokes that he moved his seat in the state House from up toward the front of the chamber to the...

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Heroin recovery advocates livid over legislature's inability to pass Senate Bill 5

04/18/2014 01:17 PM

ALEXANDRIA – The failure of the passing of Senate Bill 5 by the General Assembly before the clock ran out is being described by heroin rehabilitation advocates in Northern Kentucky as an epic failure. During a meeting in Campbell County Thursday night, many who are involved in heroin treatments predicted that a delay in passing the bill will result in more deaths and heartache throughout the commonwealth — and specifically in Northern Kentucky, which has been the most affected area... Read more 

Yarmuth says statehouse harassment case puts Grimes in 'delicate' situation on responses and with donation

04/18/2014 11:04 AM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes probably should have spoken up earlier about her frustration with the Legislative Ethics Commission handling of a sexual harassment case. In an interview that aired Monday on Pure Politics, Yarmuth said he believes the absence of members at the Legislative Ethics Commission is a problem that state leaders must address. And he said the commission should hold another hearing on the sexual harassment case regarding former Democratic... Read more 

Confusion and frustration remain on all sides in the wake of heroin bill's failure

04/17/2014 10:53 PM

As the governor leaves the door open for a special session to take up the heroin bill, the chief proponents for the bill in both chambers are searching for lessons learned from the failure to get an agreement before the session ended Tuesday. Sen. Katie Stine, R-Southgate and the sponsor of the bill, said she didn’t know what else could have been done from her end. The Senate passed the measure Jan. 16, giving the House nearly three months to... Read more 

Former NKU athletic director pleads guilty to stealing $311,215

04/17/2014 05:49 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – Former Northern Kentucky University athletic director, Scott Eaton, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Campbell Circuit Court to stealing more than $300,000 from the university over six years. The 50-year-old Eaton has agreed to serve the maximum term of 10 years in prison, and repay $311,215 in restitution. NKU fired Eaton in March 2013 for inappropriate relationships with four female employees and an NKU student. After the dismissal, NKU President Geoffrey Mearns commissioned an audit of NKU athletic department finances and... Read more 

Sen. Julie Denton leaves legacy of efficiency and passion for issues

04/17/2014 11:37 AM

After 20-years in the legislature Sen. Julie Denton, who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has prescribed herself a dose of get-out-of-Frankfort. Denton is looking to move from statewide politics to Louisville Metro Council where she says she can have a more pronounced effect on policy. It was the addition of a state House district in the 2013 special session redistricting process that opened up the door for Denton to leave the legislature. Incumbent Republican Metro Councilman Jerry... Read more 

House members honor retiring Rep. Dwight Butler for being a consummate gentleman

04/16/2014 10:02 PM

Rep. Dwight Butler, R-Harned, often jokes that he moved his seat in the state House from up toward the front of the chamber to the back so that he can see the bigger picture. His colleagues honored him Tuesday among the other retiring lawmakers as one of the best at thoughtfully considering the big picture when casting his votes. That thoughtfulness and his gentle demeanor has won him respect across the chamber over his 20-year career. “I have never heard... Read more 

Stumbo says a heroin bill could have passed House, says it will be a priority in 2015

04/16/2014 01:21 PM

The heroin bill that failed to pass the House Tuesday night was delayed by difficult negotiations and ultimately killed by opponents who were able to run out the clock, said House Speaker Greg Stumbo. Stumbo, a former attorney general, said he would have supported any version of the bill aimed at increasing the penalties for dealers and making available more treatment. And he said he thought a version could have passed the House. But with only a matter of minutes... Read more 

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