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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says Obama wrong on use of executive order; Congress will pass immigration bill

11/21/2014 03:45 PM

LEXINGTON — More than one year after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill which ultimately stalled in the Republican-led House, President Barack Obama took it upon himself to craft patches to the immigration system, but the move has led him into a battle with Congressional members of the GOP. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., described the move by Obama as one of a monarch and not a U.S. President. Paul, who has traveled extensively over the past... Read more 

Kentucky businesses avoid costly tax increase with unemployment trust holding steady

11/21/2014 03:38 PM

The state has qualified for a waiver under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act after taking not actions that negatively impacted the solvency of the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, saving Kentucky businesses an estimated $112 million in the current tax year, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Friday. Kentucky received nearly $1 billion in loans from the federal government to shore up the unemployment fund, which had been depleted in the wake of the national recession, in 2009, and the state has made “significant... Read more 

Senator-Elect Ralph Alvarado plans to focus on healthcare issues in first year

11/20/2014 07:00 PM

LEXINGTON — Dr. Ralph Alvarado will make history when he is officially sworn in as a Kentucky state Senator — the Winchester physician is the first Latino elected into Kentucky’s upper chamber — but Alvarado isn’t content to just make history on the first day. Winning his seat by 2,000 votes in a contentious race against incumbent minority floor leader Sen. R.J. Palmer, D-Winchester, Alvarado served one of the biggest political upsets of the season. However, Alvarado says it’s... Read more 

AT&T, others will continue push for modern communications infrastructure next session

11/20/2014 06:04 PM

FRANKFORT — Deregulating Kentucky’s telecommunications industry will again be on the General Assembly’s agenda next year, and House Speaker Greg Stumbo said a vote will be held on the issue. AT&T has led the charge on the topic, and Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky, told lawmakers on the Interim Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism Thursday that allowing the company and others to concentrate on modern infrastructure rather than spending resources on outdated technology will help keep Kentucky competitive... Read more 

Smoking ban on state property takes effect

11/20/2014 01:00 PM

Kentucky’s ban on tobacco and e-cigarette use on state property began Thursday, coinciding with the Great American Smokeout. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the plan in early September, citing Kentucky’s high rates of smoking and cancer deaths. In a press release Wednesday, he noted his goal to reduce the states smoking rate, which ranks highest among adults in the U.S. and sixth highest among youths, by 10 percent by 2019. “I am committed to reducing the exposure to unnecessary health risks in the... Read more 

State Rep. Bob DeWeese will not seek re-election to leadership post

11/20/2014 10:58 AM

State Rep. Bob DeWeese, R-Louisville, announced Thursday he will not seek re-election to his position as House Republican caucus chair. DeWeese, who has served as minority caucus chair since 2001, informed House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover of his decision in a letter explaining that after discussions with his family he has decided against another term in the post. “While I have enjoyed my 14 years in leadership for the House Republican Caucus, I believe now is the time for me to step... Read more 

Rise in opiate overdoses and treatment drug prescriptions concerns health officials

11/20/2014 10:52 AM

Kentucky has shown progress after cracking down on prescription drug abuse, but health officials have seen troubling trends as overdose deaths continue to rise and opioid treatment drugs are being prescribed at alarming rates. Kentucky’s uptick in overdose deaths is partly due to a shift to cheaper, readily available heroin for opiate addicts previously hooked on prescription medication, Audrey Haynes, secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday. Heroin overdose deaths... Read more 

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