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$2.8M heading to general fund from Volkswagen settlement, Beshear announces

12/06/2016 09:22 AM

Attorney General Andy Beshear is sending nearly $2.8 million received in a settlement with Volkswagen to the state’s general fund. Beshear announced the move Monday, more than five months after both sides settled a lawsuit filed in March regarding the German automaker’s misrepresentation of its “clean diesel” technology. Some 3,200 affected Kentucky customers are eligible for buybacks or vehicular improvements from the company plus at least $5,100 in restitution, which Beshear’s office estimated in June could cost Volkswagen... Read more 

Hoover names Laura Hendrix general counsel

12/05/2016 04:25 PM

House Speaker-elect Jeff Hoover continues the transition of power in the House of Representatives appointing Laura Hendrix as general counsel on Monday. Hendrix wills serve as legal aid to Hoover in the role of House Speaker. The GOP gained control of the legislative body during the Nov. election, effectively ending nearly a century of Democratic control in the lower chamber. “I am pleased to have Laura as a member of our team,” Hoover said in a press release. “Her experience... Read more 

Politics, money and bowl selection: What factors bowl committees will consider in picking UofL, UK

12/04/2016 08:00 AM

After the University of Kentucky upset in-state rival University of Louisville on a last-minute field goal last week, both teams are on different trajectories heading into Selection Sunday. The 41-38 win has given the Wildcats a bit of momentum heading into their first bowl game since the 2010 season while the Cardinals had their hopes of making the college football playoffs dashed, although a bigger bowl is in their future. So what will help determine where each team lands? A passionate fan... Read more 

Republicans reflect on electoral victories, look ahead to policy changes at state, national levels

12/03/2016 06:02 PM

FRANKFORT — After surprising even themselves in winning a 64-member supermajority in the state’s House of Representatives on Election Day, the state GOP took a victory lap of sorts during Saturday’s state central executive committee meeting at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has seen just about everything during his 32 years manning one of the state’s highest elected offices, and he remembered being “nervous as hell” during his first Fancy Farm when... Read more 

President-elect Trump names James Mattis as secretary of defense at first celebration rally

12/02/2016 12:30 PM

CINCINNATI — President-elect Donald Trump used his first “USA Thank You Tour” on Thursday night in Cincinnati to announce that retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis was his choice to be the next secretary of defense. Mattis, who retired as chief of U.S. Central Command in 2013, has indicated that Washington lacks an overall strategy in the Middle East. Trump plans to officially announce the appointment on Monday and joked with the crowd about not saying anything to anybody until next... Read more 

Gov. Matt Bevin plays prominent speaking role at first Trump "USA Thank You Tour" event in Cincinnati

12/02/2016 07:00 AM

CINCINNATI — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin praised President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence in a speech on Thursday night in Cincinnati on the first stop of the Trump victory tour. Bevin, who introduced Pence, praised Trump for winning an election that many media experts claimed he could not. “We’ve heard a lot of things about the candidate, who is about to be now our next president, was unconventional, he was unorthodox, he was unprepared, he was unscripted. I’ll tell you... Read more 

Senate GOP leaders say they will focus on jobs, economy in 2017 session

12/01/2016 04:59 PM

With Democrats out of power in Kentucky’s House of Representatives, Senate Republicans are eager to see a number of bills that had stalled in the lower chamber become law. Speaking at their caucus retreat in Paducah on Wednesday, Senate GOP leaders say they will focus primarily on economic legislation in the upcoming session that gavels in Jan. 3. “I think what we want to do is create an environment and atmosphere that has jobs at the end of our mission, and we... Read more 

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