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

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...

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What passed and what didn't as the clock ran out on the 2014 session

The final hour probably was not lawmakers’ finest hour.

Earlier Tuesday night — the 60th and final day of the 2014 session — they passed...

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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 

What passed and what didn't as the clock ran out on the 2014 session

04/16/2014 10:13 AM

The final hour probably was not lawmakers’ finest hour. Earlier Tuesday night — the 60th and final day of the 2014 session — they passed a flurry of bills. But the last hour of the session was marked by procedural votes, finger-pointing and inaction on several key bills. First, what passed on the final night: The Road Bill – Not passing the bill with road and bridge projects or the funding for the transportation cabinet has forced special sessions in... Read more 

Stivers: Failure to pass heroin legislation 'tragic'; Will ask Beshear to call special session on the issue

04/16/2014 01:35 AM

Calling the failure of the House to pass a heroin bill “tragic,” Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, vowed to meet with Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday and urge him to call a special session. Before the 2014 legislative session even began, a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled legislation aimed at curbing the rising scourge of heroin in Kentucky. The three-tiered bill would have provided education, treatment and tougher penalties for those people caught trafficking the drug. The bill hit speed bumps... Read more 

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