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Prefiled bill aims to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination

10/19/2018 07:30 PM

Officer Lyndi Trischler from Florence is telling her story of how she wasn’t allowed modified duty during a complicated pregnancy.

LEXINGTON— A bill that would ban discrimination against pregnant people is once again being introduced. A similar bill was introduced last session, but the session ended before they could get to it. Now, lawmakers are trying it again.

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Medical marijuana bill will be filed "real soon"

10/17/2018 08:01 PM

A medical marijuana bill will be filed soon. That’s according to bill sponsor Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville. He says he and co-sponsor Rep. Diane St. Onge, R-Fort Wright, have been meeting with interested parties throughout the state including the police commissioner and business groups. One of the trickiest parts of the bill Rep. Nemes says is making sure businesses are protected—as well as employees who may need medical marijuana. “We need to protect employers, we want to incentive employers... Read more 

Taxes a major focus at Gov. Bevin's forum in Newport

10/17/2018 07:58 PM

Gov. Bevin takes questions during a community forum in Newport

NEWPORT— Governor Matt Bevin spent the day in Northern Kentucky, starting his day with a community forum in Newport. For Bevin, this is a chance for him to learn about the concerns and questions of his constituents.

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KDP Files ethics complaint against Bevin for Barr tweet

10/16/2018 11:08 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Matt Bevin for a tweet he sent over the weekend while at the Trump rally. The complaint says Bevin violated KRS 11A.020 by using taxpayer resources to campaign on behalf of Congressman Barr. During the October 13 rally at Eastern Kentucky University, Gov. Bevin sent out at tweet on his official Twitter account showing support for Congressman Andy Barr. The tweet read, “Here at eku with a packed... Read more 

Kentucky voter information is being sold on the dark web

10/15/2018 05:01 PM

Kentucky’s statewide voter registration list is being sold on the dark web. Anomali Labs researchers in partnership with Intel 471 uncovered the information disclosure of United States voter registration databases. The report shows 19 states are affected and 23 million records—for just three of the states. Anomali believes more than 35 million records could be disclosed. The report says the seller indicates they receive weekly updates of voter registration lists from contacts within state government. Certain states require the seller to... Read more 

Candidates can pay for childcare with campaign funds

10/15/2018 02:14 PM

LOUISVILLE- Candidates running for office in Kentucky, can use their campaign funds to assist with childcare costs on a case by case basis. Kentucky Registry of Election Finance General Counsel Emily Dennis said campaign finance law in Kentucky doesn’t specifically address whether childcare can be covered with campaign funds but determined if childcare is a cost incurred from a candidate campaigning, then they are able to expense it. KREF said candidates are unable to use funds to pay for childcare... Read more 

Judge blocks certification of Marsy's Law

10/15/2018 02:13 PM

FRANKFORT- A Franklin County Circuit Court judge has ruled against the wording of a referendum on changing the state constitution to create a bill of rights for crime victims. The referendum known as Marsy’s Law will still appear on the ballot, but election officials will not certify the results until after an appellate court has made a ruling. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday the ballot question wasn’t worded correctly to inform people what they are voting on. Kentucky is... Read more 

More than 700 attend hemp open house event

10/12/2018 07:08 PM

A display at the hemp event

ELIZABETHTOWN— More than 700 people went to Elizabethtown for a special hemp open house put on by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
From “hempcrete” to CBD oil, farmers and processors say they are excited about Kentucky’s hemp industry.
However, they are hoping Congress will make farming hemp easier.

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Gov. Bevin's community forum in Greenville gets heated

10/12/2018 07:07 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin answers questions at a community forum in Greenville

GREENVILLE— Things got heated at a community forum held by Governor Matt Bevin in Greenville.

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Criminal Justice Reform legislation likely in 2019

10/12/2018 12:59 PM

As Kentucky prisons continue to fill with low-level non-violent offenders—Several criminal justice reform bills will likely be taken up during the 2019 legislative session, after a broad reform package stalled last year. State Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, says they will be introducing pieces of that broader package that includes reducing nonviolent crimes, like drug offenses, from felonies to misdemeanors and reducing the felony threshold for shoplifting. It also would have required pre-trial release from jail without bond. Bail reform is... Read more 

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