Rep. Ryan Quarles, mulling run for agriculture commissioner, schedules "special announcement" Monday

After telling The Lexington Herald-Leader he was considering a run for Kentucky agriculture commissioner and would make his decision after Thanksgiving, state Rep....

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Walton-Verona Independent School District pulls off the District of Distinction hat-trick

WALTON — It’s an honor for a Kentucky public school to be recognized as a District of Distinction, but for the Walton-Verona Independent School...

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell agrees with Obama's take on Ferguson but not much else

BUCKNER — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama often, but he said Tuesday the president is correct in his...

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GOP Sens. Givens, Higdon elected to Senate leadership posts

Kentucky Senate Republicans elected two new faces to its leadership team, as Sen. David Givens went unopposed in his bid for president pro tem and...

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Northern Kentucky legislator says heroin will be the priority issue for 2015 session

Three northern Kentucky legislators are spearheading an effort to make sure passing legislation to address the heroin epidemic will be a priority for the 2015...

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Pension oversight board recommends bevy of changes, but cash flow main issue for Ky. Retirement Systems

FRANKFORT — A slew of recommendations approved Monday by the Public Pension Oversight Board aim to help the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ bottom line, but...

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Rep. Ryan Quarles, mulling run for agriculture commissioner, schedules "special announcement" Monday

11/26/2014 05:07 PM

After telling The Lexington Herald-Leader he was considering a run for Kentucky agriculture commissioner and would make his decision after Thanksgiving, state Rep. Ryan Quarles has scheduled a “special announcement” Monday in Georgetown. Quarles, R-Georgetown, will be joined by GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, Sen. Paul Hornback and other elected officials 10 a.m. Monday at a John Deere dealership. Quarles told The Lexington Herald-Leader last week he planned to discuss the... Read more 

Walton-Verona Independent School District pulls off the District of Distinction hat-trick

11/26/2014 10:28 AM

WALTON — It’s an honor for a Kentucky public school to be recognized as a District of Distinction, but for the Walton-Verona Independent School District, the 2013-14 school year was the third consecutive year it received the honor. To qualify as a District of Distinction, a school district had to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher. That’s based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, and graduation rate. The district must also meet its current... Read more 

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell agrees with Obama's take on Ferguson but not much else

11/25/2014 11:44 PM

BUCKNER — Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell doesn’t agree with President Barack Obama often, but he said Tuesday the president is correct in his assessment of the turmoil surrounding a Missouri grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer who gunned down an unarmed black teen. Moments after a St. Louis grand jury’s decision against indicting Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, Obama said the protests surround the inaction show “broader challenges that... Read more 

GOP Sens. Givens, Higdon elected to Senate leadership posts

11/25/2014 07:04 PM

Kentucky Senate Republicans elected two new faces to its leadership team, as Sen. David Givens went unopposed in his bid for president pro tem and Sen. Jimmy Higdon ousted Sen. Brandon Smith for majority whip. Senate Republicans met in Frankfort Tuesday for leadership elections, and only two spots were contested. Aside from the Higdon-Smith race, Senate Majority Caucus Chair Dan Seum of Louisville fended off a challenge from Sen. Paul Hornback, a Shelbyville Republican who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senate President... Read more 

Northern Kentucky legislator says heroin will be the priority issue for 2015 session

11/25/2014 06:08 PM

Three northern Kentucky legislators are spearheading an effort to make sure passing legislation to address the heroin epidemic will be a priority for the 2015 session. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, and state Reps. John Schickel, R-Union, and Diane St. Onge, R-Lakeside Park, unveiled plans late last week to pre-file a bill that would provide more treatment options for users while imposing tougher sentencing for drug traffickers. “The major points are, first of all, we deal with addiction and that the... Read more 

Pension oversight board recommends bevy of changes, but cash flow main issue for Ky. Retirement Systems

11/24/2014 09:36 PM

FRANKFORT — A slew of recommendations approved Monday by the Public Pension Oversight Board aim to help the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ bottom line, but KRS officials made clear the one thing they need — more money. The KRS board of trustees is set to meet next week to discuss plan valuations for the end of fiscal year 2014, and the pension fund for most state workers, the Kentucky Employees Retirement System non-hazardous, will hit a new low mark with just 21... Read more 

Future executive director of school superintendents says funding biggest problem for state's school districts

11/24/2014 06:15 PM

LEXINGTON — Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton, who will be leaving that position on Jan. 1 to become the executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, says funding is the biggest challenge facing Kentucky’s 173 school districts. “We’ve been woefully underfunded in Kentucky,” Shelton said. “Yet Kentucky is seen as a leader in the focus that we’ve had with Senate Bill 1, with implementation of common core standards, alignment of postsecondary, focus on a new assessment... Read more 

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