From Frankfort

Auditor Edelen launches review of untested rape kits in hands of law enforcement

04/15/2015 05:46 PM

FRANKFORT — Eleven years after her assault beneath a neighbor’s porch, Michelle Kuiper learned her assailant’s DNA was found in two other rape kits tested by police. Six years later, that man received a prison sentence spanning three decades. Kuiper’s ordeal reached a judicial resolution, but state Auditor Adam Edelen says hundreds, if not thousands, of untested rape kits remain in police custody thanks largely to backlogs at Kentucky State Police crime labs. Edelen announced a review of untested rape kits on... Read more 

Thayer says short session suffered because of too many bills filed

04/14/2015 06:00 PM

During this year’s 29-day short session, lawmakers filed 209 bills in the Senate and 548 bills in the House, a pace that has one leader calling for change. Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said lawmakers found success within divided government in the 2015 session — though he said the number of bills hinders the process. “Part of the problem is there are so many bills being filed — as the floor leader I see them all,” Thayer said.... Read more 

Former Rep. Ben Waide pleads guilty to campaign finance violations

04/10/2015 06:37 PM

Former Republican state Rep. Ben Waide pleaded guilty on Friday for attempting to accept illegal campaign contributions and attempted unlawful campaign expenditures in Franklin Circuit Court. Waide, of Madisonville, received a 12-month jail sentence, though he won’t see the inside of a correctional facility thanks to a probated sentence with two years of supervision, the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. As part of his sentence Waide has agreed to pay restitution to Liberty Rehabilitation, Waide’s former employer,... Read more 

General Fund receipts hitting "substantial momentum" ahead of final quarter in FY15

04/10/2015 05:20 PM

General Fund tax receipts are gaining steam as the 2015 fiscal year nears its final quarter, growing 4.8 percent in March compared to last year, State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced in a news release Friday. Tax revenues totaled $789.9 million in March, up from $753.5 million last March, according to the release. Receipts have increased 4.1 percent in the first nine months of the fiscal year, meaning the General Fund’s tax collections must improve 2.2 percent in the final quarter... Read more 

Senate GOP again calls for interim study of KTRS, but prospects remain unclear

04/10/2015 03:09 PM

Senate Republicans are formally reiterating their request for an interim study of Kentucky’s underfunded pension system for public school teachers, the caucus announced in a news release Friday. The Senate GOP called for Gov. Steve Beshear to “use the bully pulpit of his office” in his last months as governor and form a task force to review the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, a panel they suggested during talks on House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s House Bill 4 this session that would have... Read more 

Gov. Beshear to court Asian businesses this weekend

04/10/2015 01:04 PM

In his final year in office Gov. Steve Beshear has been promising to keep his foot on the accelerator and continue to attract jobs to Kentucky — something he plans on doing over the next two weeks with help from the Far East. Beshear along with First Lady Jane Beshear and 30 delegates from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will leave Kentucky Saturday to travel to Taiwan, Singapore, Japan to meet with business leaders and political figures, Beshear’s office announced Friday... Read more 

Leaders praise dating violence bill at ceremonial signing, but work remains to help victims

04/09/2015 07:29 PM

FRANKFORT — Kentucky became the last state to offer protective orders for victims of dating violence during this year’s legislative session, but Gov. Steve Beshear and state lawmakers said Thursday much work remains on the issue. Beshear ceremonially signed House Bill 8, a bill that creates a new class of protective orders covering partners in dating relationships. The governor called the legislation “a significant step forward” and “an important tool in helping us to reduce this problem.” “We’ve seen a lot of... Read more 

VIDEO: The April 9, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/09/2015 06:56 PM

The Drug Czar made a visit to Northern Kentucky today to address the region’s heroin epidemic. Meanwhile, Governor Steve Beshear signs a bill into law to protect victims of dating violence. Watch Thursday night’s FULL episode of Pure Politics:  Read more 

VIDEO: The April 6, 2015 edition of Pure Politics

04/07/2015 07:00 PM

In a heavily attended rally in Louisville, Rand Paul becomes the second GOP candidate to announce a run for president. cn|2’s Pure Politics shows you the highlights from Paul’s announcement, along with the Kentucky Chamber’s Dave Adkisson’s take on this year’s general session. Watch the FULL episode of Tuesday night’s edition of Pure Politics:  Read more 

Gov. Beshear line-item vetoes revenue bill in anticipation of higher tobacco settlement shortfall

04/07/2015 08:56 AM

Anticipating a potentially higher than expected shortfall in master tobacco settlement funds, Gov. Steve Beshear has line-item vetoed part of a revenue bill passed this session. Beshear, in a news release Monday, said provisions in House Bill 510 appropriating money to K-12 education, municipal road maintenance and the Budget Reserve Trust Fund remain intact after the veto, but the projected $26.6 million shortfall in MSA revenue this year may reach $37.8 million once states receive their payments later this month. The $11.2... Read more 

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