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In first official visit in Kentucky after shooting Paul says security will likely change

06/19/2017 05:04 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — US Sen. Rand Paul’s appearance at Gordon Food Services in Shepherdsville on Monday marked the first time the Bowling Green Republican was publicly back in Kentucky since the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia last week at the GOP Congressional baseball practice. Paul was taking batting practice when the first shots rang out hitting four people including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “It makes you a little more cautious,” Paul said after being on the field as shots rang out.... Read more 

Senate prepares to rush ACA replacement plan, Paul says process should be transparent

06/19/2017 04:49 PM

SHEPHERDSVILLE — Republicans in the U.S. Senate are working on a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, but the bill is not expected to take the normal process of open committee hearings before it reaches a floor vote. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Senate will vote soon, much to the frustrations of Democrats and some Republicans, including Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. “I’m not a huge fan of the way it’s unfolding,” Paul said, speaking to reporters in... Read more 

Rand Paul unharmed after gunman opens fire at members of Congress practicing baseball

06/14/2017 09:32 AM

Update: President Trump has confirmed that the shooter died due to injuries sustained in a gun fight with Capitol Police. The Congressional baseball game is still scheduled for Thursday. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was one of multiple GOP congressman practicing for the upcoming Congressional baseball game when a shooter opened fire, hitting U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and several others according to first hand reports. Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator was in the batting cage when the shots rang out. Speaking to... Read more 

McConnell confident in Christopher Wray as FBI Director

06/07/2017 04:37 PM

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President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Christopher Wray to become the next Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations on Wednesday morning with a tweet. Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, expressed his confidence in Trump’s selection of Wray on Wednesday afternoon in a news release. “The work of an FBI Director is difficult, but I am confident that Christopher Wray is more than qualified and quite capable of shouldering... Read more 

Trump announces withdraw from climate deal, lawmakers UofL professor discuss the consequences

06/01/2017 04:23 PM

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a deal struck with all but two countries aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015 Paris accord agreed to by the United States under President Obama and 147 parties or countries in an attempt to keep global temperatures from rising. In calling off the deal, Trump said he was protecting the United State and citizens and that there could be a new deal put in place. “..but begin negotiations reenter... Read more 

Environmentalists protest scheduled speech by EPA head as President Trump considers withdrawing from climate deal

05/31/2017 05:57 PM

LEXINGTON – More than 100 gathered at Lexington’s Triangle Park to protest a cancelled appearance by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Wednesday. Pruitt had been scheduled to speak to the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers’ conference and trade show at the Lexington Center but stayed in Washington, D.C., as President Donald Trump mulls withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, which former President Barack Obama entered in September and includes more than 200 countries. The EPA administrator has called the Paris accord “a... Read more 

Barr reintroduces Horseracing Integrity Act

05/25/2017 01:20 PM

Kentucky U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-New York, co-chairs of the Congressional Horse Caucus are introducing legislation to bring uniformity to medications within horse racing. The bill, filed on Thursday, is a revamped version of legislation brought in 2015. The legislation establishes an authority to create and implement a national uniform medication program with input from the horse industry. Barr said the legislation is needed because of the numerous different conflicting rules governing medication practices... Read more 

Kelly Knight Craft will be nominated as next U.S. ambassador to Canada, report says

05/21/2017 09:33 AM

Kentuckian Kelly Knight Craft is set to become the next U.S. ambassador to Canada, according to a report by Canada’s CTV News Friday. Unnamed top U.S. officials told CTV News that Craft, a prominent Republican fundraiser alongside husband Joe Craft and a University of Kentucky trustee, will be nominated to the post soon. The news outlet said U.S. officials have informed their Canadian counterparts of Kelly Knight Craft’s impending nomination. Craft, a Glasgow native, will need to be confirmed by... Read more 

Report: Trump discusses classified information with Russians; McConnell calls for 'less drama' from White House

05/16/2017 05:52 PM

The President of the United States allegedly revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a meeting last week, and seems to be defending the release of information in a series of tweets on Tuesday. The Washington Post first reported that Trump leaked the highly classified information on Monday. The story was initially labeled as false by the White House, but seemed to be confirmed in tweets from President Trump. Under the rules of espionage the information... Read more 

The Chatter: Ex Social Security judge pleads guilty to bribes from former disability attorney Eric Conn

05/13/2017 04:30 PM

A former Social Security Administration judge has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $600,000 in bribes from former disability lawyer Eric Conn as he approved benefits for thousands of the disgraced attorney’s clients, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday. David Black Daugherty pleaded guilty to two felony counts of accepting illegal gratuities, charges that could land the former judge behind bars for up to four years, and agreed to pay $609,000 in restitution, according to the report. Daugherty’s plea comes about... Read more 

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