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County Connection: Wakefield-Scearce Galleries offers a treasure trove of history for sale

04/25/2018 04:51 PM

SHELBYVILLE – The Wakefield-Scearce Galleries in downtown Shelbyville is home to one of the most unique collection of items for sale in the country, and has customers around the world. The gallery was founded in 1947, and located in the old Science Hill School building which housed a school and dormitory from 1825 to 1939, features many one of a kind Eurpoean antique items, some more than 400 years old. Wakefield-Scearce floral designer Lisa Curry says many of the items were... Read more 

K-PAC calls for state takeover of JCPS; Board Responds

04/24/2018 02:43 PM

LOUISVILLE- Inner city pastors and public education advocates braved the cold and rain Tuesday to get their individual messages across. At issue — A state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools, and the renegotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement with Jefferson County Teachers Association. The Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition, which backed Gov. Bevin in the 2015 election, is calling on the JCPS board to take public input when negotiating a contract with the JCTA and to allow a... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills Passed

04/23/2018 05:24 PM

The past couple of weeks, Pure Politics has been highlighting several bills that vast bipartisan support—and unanimous passage out of the General Assembly. This week, measures that were passed with residents of the commonwealth in mind are being highlighted. House Bill 176 is a bill meant to keep ambulance service fees transparent. The measure was sponsored by Republican Rep. Rob Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, but Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, joined as a co-sponsor. The bill requires that ambulance service providers post... Read more 

Grimes, Homeland Security prepare for threats against local elections

04/19/2018 04:58 PM

FRANKFORT — Local election officials met in one of the first in the nation statewide trainings on cybersecurity and threats to elections. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, convened a meeting of Kentucky’s Election Integrity Task Force on Thursday before the announcement, in an effort to protect elections bringing in stakeholders from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the state Board of Elections. After the meeting... Read more 

Judge looks to make decision as soon as possible in lawsuit opposing pension reform bill

04/19/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – The question of whether Senate Bill 151, the pension reform bill, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Matt Bevin is legal, is at the heart of the matter of the latest lawsuit against the Bevin administration. Thursday, legal teams for the Kentucky Attorney General and Bevin’s administration appeared before Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd. No decision was made at the 45 minute hearing, but Shepherd did say that he understands the need... Read more 

WKU "Big Red Poll" shows low approval ratings for Bevin, Legislature

04/19/2018 03:36 PM

BOWLING GREEN- Western Kentucky University Social Science Research conducted “The Big Red Poll”, a student run survey about politics in Kentucky. The survey asked 531 participants about their approval of various candidates and issues from April 11-15. The responses showed low disapproval ratings for most of Kentucky politicians, with the Kentucky General Assembly receiving the lowest approval rating of all. The survey found only 32 percent of Kentuckians approve of Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky, 56 percent disapprove his job and... Read more 

AG Beshear files suit against pharmaceutical company over deceptive marketing scheme

04/18/2018 03:57 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced on Wednesday his fifth law suit against a pharmaceutical manufacturer, which, in his opinion, is accountable for contributing to an illicit drug market that has fueled Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. The lawsuit filed today in McCracken Circuit Court, alleges that Johnson and Johnson and its Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Ortho-McNeil subsidiaries, allegedly told doctors and patients that their opioid medications were safer than other alternatives, and misrepresented that opioids were “rarely... Read more 

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt resigns post after pressure from Bevin appointed board of education

04/17/2018 08:30 PM

Dr. Stepehen Pruitt, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education, resigned his post on Tuesday after two-years in the role, one day after Gov. Bevin appointed multiple new members to the Kentucky Board of Education, which oversees Pruitt. Pruitt was appointed to the post shortly before Bevin took office. The Board of Education named Wayne Lewis, a charter schools advocate, as the interim commissioner. New Bevin appointed members were sworn in the special meeting held Tuesday, which remained in... Read more 

Common Ground: Bipartisan Bills for Children

04/17/2018 05:29 PM

With the 2018 General Assembly Session wrapped up for the year Pure Politics wanted to focus on the bills that made it through with wide bipartisan support. We’ve already focused on bills meant to help victims of crimes. This time, Pure Politics is focusing on two measures passed with children in minds. To begin with, House Bill 30, sponsored by Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, requires suicide prevention training for school teachers. The law requires one hour of suicide prevention training... Read more 

Bevin administration seeking to disqualify Beshear from pension lawsuit

04/17/2018 04:45 PM

FRANKFORT- Just days before an injunction hearing on the pension reform bill, Gov. Bevin, R-Kentucky, is seeking to disqualify Attorney General Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, from the lawsuit. Bevin filed a motion in Franklin County Circuit Court to disqualify Beshear from the pension reform lawsuit due to a conflict of interest. The lawsuit alleges that Beshear provided legal advice to the Commonwealth regarding Senate Bill 151, thereby violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. “Conflicts of interest do not disappear simply because... Read more 

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