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All Eyes on Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District

08/01/2018 04:00 PM

By: Eva McKend A congressional race in Kentucky continues to gain national attention. Will a GOP incumbent with strong local ties be ousted by an anti-establishment Democrat? Congressional correspondent Eva McKend has been tracking the fight for the 6th district. The race between Amy McGrath and Andy Barr is arguably one of the most interesting Congressional races in the country. Kentucky has not seen this type of well-funded, high profile race in the sixth district in quite some time. It was a... Read more 

Lawmakers seek upgrades to national suicide prevention hotline

07/31/2018 02:44 PM

By: Kevin Frey U.S. lawmakers are seeking upgrades to the national suicide prevention hotline, including giving it its own version of 911. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate has been ticking upward in recent years. In Kentucky, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. On average, one person dies by suicide every three hours, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are taking notice. “We need to address this and do it in a way that we can give... Read more 

Common Ground: Trade Wars

07/30/2018 05:58 PM

It’s a topic that has been on everyone’s mind recently. The possibility of a trade war—caused from the implementation of tariffs to foreign countries. When the Trump administration announced a tariff on steel and aluminum to several countries—-those countries like Canada, the European Union and China hit back with their own tariffs on American products—including a distinctly Kentucky product—bourbon. While the viewpoints of the implementations of tariffs varies—Kentucky’s congressional delegation all agree on one thing—No one wins in a trade war.... Read more 

McConnell Visits Louisville ICE Office

07/27/2018 06:23 PM

LOUISVILLE- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, made a visit to the Louisville ICE office, a day after several Occupy Ice Louisville protesters were arrested for blocking elevators at the Heyburn Building. The protest caused immigration court to be canceled for the morning as the protesters linked arms using braces made out of PVC pipes. Sen. McConnell said he made a visit to ICE agents to thank them for their work. “They have been under pretty big round of criticism... Read more 

U.S. State Department clears way to post 3D-printed gun designs online

07/27/2018 12:37 PM

By: Samantha Jo Roth In a matter of days, a do-it-yourself gun made at home with a 3D printer will become a reality. The Trump administration settled with a non-profit that plans to post instructions for making the weapons on August 1. “If you put the plans up there, then it’s anybody that can go on and has access to a 3D printer and then they’re going to be able to make a lethal weapon that will evade detection,” said Senator Bill Nelson,... Read more 

Renewed debate in Washington over controversial carbon tax

07/26/2018 04:18 PM

Reporting by: Eva McKend The debate over a proposed carbon tax renewed this week after a Florida lawmaker introduced legislation on the issue, going against the party line. Some view it as a thoughtful solution to climate change. Others say it’s a burdensome tax that will crush coal communities and low-income Americans. “Fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gasses will have a charge associated with emissions that will come from those fuels,” said Adele Morris, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow. “Economists wildly... Read more 

Twitter feud prompts absence of Puerto Rican governor during hearing over island's electric utility

07/26/2018 10:40 AM

Ten months after Hurricane Maria, more than 500 buildings remain without power in Puerto Rico and many blame the bankrupt Puerto Rico Power Authority. Meanwhile, lawmakers are looking for answers by holding a hearing on Capitol Hill. But one major player wasn’t there — Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello, who chose not to attend after a Twitter feud with the committee’s chairman. The tweet that made waves from San Juan to Capitol Hill was sent via a key house panel’s official... Read more 

Rep. James Comer says $12B in emergency aid for farmers needed for market stability

07/25/2018 06:21 PM

The Trump administration says they’ll be rolling out $12 billion in emergency aid aimed at helping farmers struggling as a result of the global trade fight. President Trump is defending the tariffs, saying they’re about forcing other countries to sign on to better trade agreements. Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are firing back, likening it to welfare for farmers and a bailout. U.S. Senator Rand Paul tweeted that tariffs “punish” American consumers and producers. U.S. Congressman and former Kentucky agriculture commissioner... Read more 

Demographer projects growth in diversity will impact American politics and the economy

07/25/2018 08:44 AM

By: Eva McKend As the debate continues over who is allowed into the country, it will not alter the projected racial makeup in America. Though people may have different views about where the country is moving politically, based on the numbers alone, it is indisputable, the demographics in America will continue to change. Demographer William Frey says our demographics are changing regardless and that it will play a role in politics and the economy. “We could stop immigration today and we would... Read more 

Libertarian group calls on public to question federal dietary guidelines

07/19/2018 05:18 PM

By: Eva McKend WASHINGTON-Should the American government get out of the business of giving dietary advice? For decades, the USDA and Health and Human Services has been telling us what the best foods are for our bodies but a new report suggests the government should just stay out of it. Many of us may have grown up being told to eat our fruits and veggies but one clinical biochemist warns it was bad nutrition advice from the federal government that has... Read more 

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