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Obama seeks war powers against ISIS; historian and author offers dire predictions of terrorism at home

02/11/2015 11:42 AM

President Barack Obama is seeking a formal authorization of war to fight Islamic terrorists in a limited three year engagement that prohibits the use of “enduring offensive ground forces.” The request was delivered to Congressional leaders Wednesday morning, and Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, said there are already plans to talk with his caucus on the proposal. “It was clear from the outset that a successful military campaign to defeat ISIL would require a multi-year effort,”... Read more 

Ashley Judd for governor? The actress tells Larry King it's a possibility

02/02/2015 03:21 PM

She’ll have to wait at least one election cycle if she decides to run, but Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is still flirting with Kentucky politics, telling Larry King a governorship sounds “interesting.” Judd, who came within a breath of challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in last year’s election, told talk show host Larry King that she is intrigued by the position of governor in Kentucky — laying out a potential platform. “Governor seems like an interesting position too, particularly in... Read more 

Public-Private Partnership has redefined residential life at UK

02/02/2015 01:47 PM

LEXINGTON — With a nod from Gov. Steve Beshear in his state of the commonwealth address Public Private Partnerships, also known as P3, will likely be one of the main issues during the legislative session — especially related to transportation projects like the Brent Spence Bridge. However, public-private partnerships are currently being used by the University of Kentucky to transfer its campus of aging dorms into new attractive state of the art residential halls which are keeping many of students... Read more 

Eastern High School works to pave road to careers in technology

01/30/2015 04:16 PM

LOUISVILLE — Learning 21st century skills in the area of technology is a reality for a number of students at Eastern High School. Eastern High School’s technology program is rated as one of the best in the state of Kentucky, as well as in the country. Eastern is the only school in Jefferson County that requires students to take a minimum of two years in technology courses to graduate. Senate President Pro Tem David Givens, R-Greensburg, visited the Louisville high school on... Read more 

UK adminstrators say proposed Markey Cancer Research Center would benefit Kentuckians

01/29/2015 05:42 PM

Senate President Robert Stivers has recommended that the legislature look at opening up the budget this session, in a non-budget year, to fund part of the cost of a new proposed $265 million research center for the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center. The university is looking for the state to partner with the university by providing $12 million in recurring funds to cover the debt of building a new facility over the course of 20 years. While it’s rare that... Read more 

Not everyone agrees where heroin addicts should have the most access to treatment

01/28/2015 05:30 AM

COVINGTON — A recovering northern Kentucky heroin addict would like to see Senate Bill 5, also known as the heroin bill, include more money for treatment in community programs instead of county jails where the majority of the money is slated to go. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, calls for $7.5 million to go county jails and $5.8 million to mental health agencies for treatment programs. “More money should be distributed to the community than to jails,”... Read more 

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 

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