Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth,...

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Attorney General Jack Conway unveils four key pieces to heroin bill but doesn't back specific proposal

FRANKFORT — Rather than backing a specific proposal to curb the state’s growing heroin issue before the 2015 legislative session, Attorney General Jack Conway...

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Kentucky's November unemployment rate hits lowest mark since April 2008

Kentucky’s jobless rate hit a six-and-a-half-year low last month, dropping to 6 percent and nearly matching the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, the Kentucky...

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Statewide smoking ban may get floor vote in House in 2015, but path in Senate less certain

FRANKFORT –- Advocates for a statewide smoking ban inside public buildings appealed to lawmakers’ pocketbooks and their awareness of Kentucky’s dismal health rankings Wednesday...

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Charter schools again a focus in 2015, Senate Education Committee chair says

The push for charter schools will again be before the legislature come 2015, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Tuesday.

With only 30 days...

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Philosophical divide over prevailing wage apparent in interim committee meeting on report

Kentucky’s prevailing wage laws have increased labor costs for school projects and Financial Cabinet projects over what the labor costs would have been if workers...

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Yarmuth: Sony Pictures made the right call to pull 'The Interview'

12/18/2014 09:18 PM

Filmmakers and Sony Pictures knew the risk to make a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, but they made the right choice to not release the film after threats of terrorism. Yarmuth’s remarks to Pure Politics Thursday come one day after major theaters pulled the comedy due out Christmas day, leaving Sony to ultimately not distribute the film on any platform. “I questioned their decision initially to make the movie,”... Read more 

Attorney General Jack Conway unveils four key pieces to heroin bill but doesn't back specific proposal

12/18/2014 07:39 PM

FRANKFORT — Rather than backing a specific proposal to curb the state’s growing heroin issue before the 2015 legislative session, Attorney General Jack Conway laid out on Thursday four essential pieces the law enforcement community believes are critical in taming Kentucky’s latest drug problem. Conway, flanked by about a dozen law enforcement professionals, said any bill addressing the heroin epidemic must strengthen penalties against traffickers, allow police and first responders to administer Naloxone during overdoses, create a “limited but workable” Good... Read more 

Kentucky's November unemployment rate hits lowest mark since April 2008

12/18/2014 12:06 PM

Kentucky’s jobless rate hit a six-and-a-half-year low last month, dropping to 6 percent and nearly matching the U.S. unemployment rate of 5.8 percent, the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet announced Thursday. November’s unemployment numbers in the state are the lowest since April 2008 when the jobless rate was 5.9 percent and 2.1 percent lower than last November’s 8.1 percent unemployment, according to a news release from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet’s Office of Employment and Training. Manoj Shanker, an... Read more 

Statewide smoking ban may get floor vote in House in 2015, but path in Senate less certain

12/17/2014 06:12 PM

FRANKFORT –- Advocates for a statewide smoking ban inside public buildings appealed to lawmakers’ pocketbooks and their awareness of Kentucky’s dismal health rankings Wednesday during an Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare meeting. But while the proposal’s prospects seem brighter in the House after Democratic leaders in the chamber declined to bring last year’s bill to a floor vote, familiar concerns of local control versus broad government regulation could stymie progress in the GOP-led Senate. Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, and Sen.-elect... Read more 

Charter schools again a focus in 2015, Senate Education Committee chair says

12/17/2014 04:17 PM

The push for charter schools will again be before the legislature come 2015, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee said Tuesday. With only 30 days for legislators to complete their work and several of those days reserved for organizational meetings, Sen. Mike Wilson, a Bowling Green Republican and chairman of the Senate Education Committee, said one of the top issues for the committee will be a perennial bill to start five charter schools in the state. As GOP members... Read more 

Philosophical divide over prevailing wage apparent in interim committee meeting on report

12/16/2014 07:48 PM

Kentucky’s prevailing wage laws have increased labor costs for school projects and Financial Cabinet projects over what the labor costs would have been if workers were paid the wage they earned on private projects according to a Legislative Research Commission report. The report titled, “How Kentucky’s Prevailing Wage Laws Affect Public Construction,” presented on Tuesday to the Program Review and Investigations Committee by the Legislative Research Commission, was ultimately not adopted by the committee. Kentucky’s current prevailing wage law specifies that contractors... Read more 

Judge denies LRC's claim for legislative immunity in sexual harassment lawsuit brought by staffers

12/16/2014 02:16 PM

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate has denied the Legislative Research Commission’s claim of legislative immunity in a lawsuit brought by two female staffers accusing the agency of mishandling their complaints of sexual harassment by a former lawmaker. Wingate, in an order issued Thursday, found that legislative immunity only applied to lawmakers “in speech or debate” in the General Assembly, not the legislative branch agency. What’s more, legislative immunity cannot be invoked in allegations brought under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act, Wingate... Read more 

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