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Kentuckians say goodbye to Wendell H. Ford in Capitol memorial

01/25/2015 07:07 PM

FRANKFORT — The public said goodbye and thank you to Wendell H. Ford, Kentucky’s 53rd governor and former 24-year U.S. senator, at a memorial in the Capitol Rotunda Sunday. Ford’s coffin, shrouded in white roses, laid at the feet of the bronze 104-year-old, 14-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln as friend and former Ford staffer Thomas L. Preston eulogized a “colossus” in Kentucky politics. Showcasing Ford’s sense of humor, Preston remarked that the honor of eulogizing the late Ford, who passed... Read more 

Tribute to Wendell Ford... in his own words

01/23/2015 10:38 AM

The longtime politician who never lost a race lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Former US Senator and Governor Wendell H. Ford spoke with Pure Politics on a number of occasions. Here’s a look back to the man in his own words on his own legacy.  Read more 

Former Sen. Wendell Ford to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Sunday

01/22/2015 08:56 PM

Funeral and memorial services for former U.S. Senator and 53rd Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford have been set. Ford passed away at his Owensboro home Thursday morning after battling lung cancer. He was 90 years old. Ford will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. when a memorial service will take place. Visitation will continue from 4-6 p.m. following the service, according to Glenn Funeral Home in Owensboro. The funeral service... Read more 

Attorney General Jack Conway on Wendell Ford's sense of humor

01/22/2015 05:55 PM

Attorney General Jack Conway spoke today about former senator Wendell Ford and what he meant to Kentucky politics and to Conway personally. Conway, who worked for Ford at the age of 17, said he will never forget Ford’s expert timing with one-liners and shared his favorite example of this. Conway was also visibly choked up when discussing his last conversation with Ford. We will have more on that and what Conway said was the reason the Ford was liked by both Democrats... Read more 

Wendell Ford on his own legacy and proudest accomplishments

01/22/2015 12:10 PM

Kentucky political icon Wendell Ford died this morning after a battle with cancer. Ford was the 53rd Governor and served 24 years in the U.S. Senate before retiring in 1999. He spoke with Pure Politics in 2012 about his legacy and the accomplishments that made him proud.  Read more 

Former Senator and Kentucky Governor Wendell Ford dead at 90

01/22/2015 09:35 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION: Wendell Ford was an icon in Kentucky politics and in the Democratic party. He died early this morning, according to sources close to the family. Ford was the 53rd Governor and served 24 years in the U.S. Senate before retiring in 1999. Ford was diagnosed with lung cancer and had been undergoing treatment in his hometown of Owensboro. In 2012, Pure Politics and other reporters spoke with Ford about his legacy and what he was most proud of... Read more 

ACT and SAT scores to be optional as part of Transylvania's admissions process

01/21/2015 07:00 AM

LEXINGTON — Students who are applying for admission to Transylvania University will soon have the option of not submitting ACT or SAT scores as part of their application. Beginning with the fall 2016 admissions cycle, Transylvania will become the first Kentucky school from the U.S. News and World Report’s top 100 liberal arts colleges to implement the new system, which is becoming increasingly popular with colleges and universities around the country. More than 800 institutions have adopted the test-scores-optional admissions policy. “We recognize... Read more 

New Kenton Co. judge-exec. looking forward to even more growth

01/18/2015 10:31 AM

COVINGTON – Kris Knochelmann, who took over last week as Kenton County’s new judge-executive, is facing challenges ranging from a new makeup of the Kenton County Airport Board to finding a way to fund the Brent Spence Bridge which linking his county with Ohio. Knochelmann, who has served as a county commissioner the past 8 years, defeated Republican incumbent Steve Arlinghaus in the primary and was unopposed in the general election. One of the things the new judge-executive faces is... Read more 

State politicians offer condolences after Louisville Metro Council President Jim King dies

01/15/2015 04:48 PM

The condolences poured in after word spread throughout the state Thursday that Louisville Metro Council president Jim King had died. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported Thursday that King, a banker, had been diagnosed with a blood cancer several years ago. Gov. Steve Beshear issued a statement on King’s passing, calling his death a “terrible loss for all of us.” “Jim loved working to make Louisville better, and every matter that came before the Metro Council, whether mundane or monumental, got his careful and... Read more 

Regions feeling economic recovery differently, Ky. Chamber of Commerce study finds

12/29/2014 07:30 PM

Some regions of the state have flourished more than others during Kentucky’s five-year climb from the recession, with the state’s urban areas leading in employment and payroll growth while Appalachia lost more than 10 percent of its jobs and wages, according to a report by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce released Monday. Kentucky’s 11 percent growth in manufacturing jobs between June 2009, the “bottom” of the recession, and June this year was more than twice the national average of 4.2 percent,... Read more 


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