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Bevin still weighing options over Supreme Court ruling on university budget cuts

09/26/2016 06:32 PM

FRANKFORT — Gov. Matt Bevin is looking at his options after the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled 5-2 last week that Bevin overstepped his authority in making 4.5 percent unilateral cuts to most public universities. Bevin says that, by law, he and his staff have some time before deciding whether to try to get the Supreme Court revisit the case one more time. “We’re in the process of looking at our options, and that is the nature of these things whenever there is... Read more 

Chief Justice Minton says judges need higher wages, will present judicial redistricting plan next legislative session

09/23/2016 05:12 PM

FRANKFORT – A plan to redistrict the state’s court system will be presented to the General Assembly next session in hopes of bringing more parity to judicial caseloads, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told the interim joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. Minton, who complimented lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin for the two-year budget passed this year, has been a vocal advocate for judicial pay raises in recent budget-writing sessions. His request to increase the jurists’ salaries as lawmakers... Read more 

Rand Paul makes Senate campaign stops in northern Kentucky; promises hearing in Kentucky on high cost of EpiPen

09/23/2016 01:59 PM

NEWPORT – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told a crowd of supporters in northern Kentucky on Friday that he is in the process of organizing a hearing in the state, regarding the high cost of EpiPen, used to treat severe allergic reactions, and tetracycline, a medication used to treat acne. The cost of EpiPen, has risen from less than $100 in 2007 for a two-pen set, to its current price of approximately $640.00. Tetracycline has seen its costs increase as much as 7,000... Read more 

Jim Gray focuses on trade in television ad released over weekend

09/22/2016 05:33 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gray’s campaign is focusing on trade in a new television spot released last weekend. The 30-second ad is part biographical, part issue-based. Gray briefly discusses his background in his family’s construction business, Gray Construction, before transitioning into his views on trade. “I’ve seen enough of these trade agreements to know they help big business more than American workers,” Grays says in the spot. “I believe in fair trade, not bad trade. We need to level the playing... Read more 

Madison Co. science teacher wins national award as she looks to make learning fun through exploration

09/22/2016 05:23 PM

RICHMOND – Vivian Bowles, a 4th-grade science teacher at Kit Carson Elementary in Richmond was one of 213 science and math teachers around the country to receive the honor of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching on September 8 in Washington, D.C. Bowles initially was a social worker in Eastern Kentucky working with Head Start when she noticed many of the mothers of the children that she worked with were drop outs, because of bad experiences in... Read more 

UPDATED: Ky. Supreme Court rules Gov. Bevin overstepped his authority with college and university funding cuts

09/22/2016 11:06 AM

UPDATED The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-2 decision that Gov. Matt Bevin exceeded his authority in ordering the state’s public colleges’ and universities’ fourth-quarter funding allotments cut last fiscal year. The high court ruling, released Thursday, reverses Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate’s earlier ruling in the case that Bevin acted within his authority in ordering the reductions, which total $18 million. “The Governor’s reduction of the allotments of the Universities in this case exceeded his statutory authority to... Read more 

Paul highlights efforts to block arms sales, foreign aid to Middle East countries for domestic projects in new TV ad

09/22/2016 10:20 AM

UPDATED On the heels of a failed vote to block a proposed arms sale worth some $1.15 billion to Saudi Arabia, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s campaign released a new television ad on Thursday highlighting his push to curtail deals between the U.S. and Middle Eastern countries. The 30-second spot, which is scheduled to first air in Louisville before hitting other television markets as part of a significant ad buy, also highlights the junior Republican senator’s proposal for economic freedom zones, which... Read more 

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