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Rowan County clerk sued by ACLU after denying new marriage licenses while U.S. Rep. Yarmuth and Chief Justice Minton weigh in

07/02/2015 06:59 PM

As a handful of county clerks continue their refusal to issue new marriage licenses in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling last week, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says those who continue to balk at the high court’s decision “ought to leave or do their job.” Inaction by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has already prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky to file suit on behalf of two homosexual couples and two heterosexual couples who were denied... Read more 

A "critical moment" in state's education future, House K-12 budget subcommittee chair says

07/02/2015 06:20 PM

Six months before lawmakers return to Frankfort to construct and pass a $20 billion state spending plan, Rep. Kelly Flood is preparing to help craft one of the largest portions of the budget — education spending. Flood, chair of the House K-12 budget subcommittee, told Pure Politics that she has been reviewing a report detailing the best practices to prepare for the challenges for Kentucky’s students. One of the largest hurdles for the state education-wise, Flood says, is addressing achievement... Read more 

Stakeholders agree: Funding for KSP's central laboratory key to resolving backlog of untested rape kits

07/01/2015 07:07 PM

ELIZABETHTOWN — As about a dozen huddled around the conference table at Silverleaf Sexual Trauma Recovery Services to discuss the backlog of untested sexual assault and rapes kits in Kentucky State Police’s possession on Wednesday, one point repeatedly came up: KSP needs more resources for its central crime laboratory. State Auditor Adam Edelen conducted his office’s fourth stakeholder meeting in conjunction with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs as his office continues its review of untested rape kits, which may... Read more 

Gov. Beshear tees off with Tiger Woods at Greenbrier Pro-Am

07/01/2015 03:32 PM

Governor Steve Beshear took to the greens with golf legend Tiger Woods on Wednesday as part of the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am. Beshear played in a foursome with Tiger Woods teeing off at 7:00 am Wednesday morning in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Responding to questions from Pure Politics, Terry Sebastian, the governor’s communications director said Beshear, who is an avid golfer, was “thrilled” to play with Woods who has won every major event in the sport. Woods has not... Read more 

Acting interim LRC director Marcia Seiler to retire; LRC launches search for permanent director

07/01/2015 11:06 AM

Nearly two-years after former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman stepped down and Marcia Seiler was named acting interim director the agency has officially begun its search for a permanent director. In a press release sent Tuesday Seiler, who took the helm of the 67-year old commission as acting interim director in October of 2013 , announced that she would retire at the end of July. Seiler said she will not seek the permanent director’s job. Seiler filled a gap for the... Read more 

House and Senate renovations underway as costs hit $1.6M

06/30/2015 07:03 PM

FRANKFORT – The sounds of legislating and lobbying on the third floor of the Capitol have been replaced with whirring blades and thudding hammers as crews work to renovate the House and Senate chambers. State Curator David Buchta said the project, a joint effort of the Legislative Research Commission and Finance and Administration Cabinet that has cost about $1.6 million thus far according to records online and obtained through open records requests, is expected to conclude by mid-November, well ahead of... Read more 

Fairview Independent schools special investigation reveals $360K in "out of control" spending

06/30/2015 05:50 PM

A special investigation from the state Auditor Adam Edelen’s office into the Fairview Independent School District reveals hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on sports and activities from the general fund. Edelen said the 63-page special investigation report released Monday reveals that $360,000 was moved to fund school athletics over the course of three years with little or no school board knowledge. The report is being sent to law enforcement and the Education Professional Standards Board. Fairview Independent in... Read more 

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