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Updated: Deadly shooting at Marshall Co. High School

01/23/2018 04:21 PM

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders has confirmed the names of the two 15-year-old students who were killed after a 15-year-old student walked into Marshall County High School at 7:57 a.m. on Tuesday morning and opened fire with a handgun in a commons area. 15-year-old Bailey Nicole Holt died at the scene, while 15-year-old Preston Ryan Cope died of his gunshot wounds at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The shooter was not identified by authorities because he is a juvenile. Police... Read more 

Marsy's Law passes House committee; moves on to full House for consideration

01/22/2018 05:02 PM

FRANKFORT – Senate Bill 3, otherwise known as Marsy’s Law, is one step closer to being passed by the General Assembly and being passed by the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs on Monday. SB 3, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, which passed by an 11-1 vote, with Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, casting the lone no vote, would establish, for the first time ever, a Victims’ Bill of Rights within the Kentucky Constitution. Those rights include... Read more 

Rep. Shell expects pension bill in two-three weeks; Likely reforms to KTRS

01/22/2018 04:28 PM

FRANKFORT — Majority Floor Leader Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, expects leaders from the House and Senate to reach an agreement on a pension reform proposal in the coming weeks. Currently the House and Senate leaders are making tweaks to the legislation, and continue to await updated scoring and other analysis on the legislation, which could impact thousands of current and retired Kentuckians. “We have sent a couple of bills to the actuaries, we’ve gotten back some numbers — we saw some... Read more 

Attorney General files suit against pharmaceutical distributor for enabling heavy influx of opioids in Kentucky

01/22/2018 01:15 PM

FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear filed a law suit on Monday in Franklin Circuit Court against a national opioid distributor for allegedly contributing to the state’s drug crisis by flooding Kentucky with massive amounts of opioids, including generic oxycodone and hydrocodone. The suit accuses San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation of unfair, misleading and deceptive business practices for excessively distributing opioids, especially in rural Eastern Kentucky, and for failing to report the large volume of these drugs to state and federal authorities... Read more 

House Minority Floor Leader not concerned about growing list of Democrats not seeking re-election

01/19/2018 04:00 PM

FRANKFORT – A number of House Democrats, led by 43-year veteran Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, have decided not to seek ree-lection this year, but House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, isn’t overly surprised by the announcements. Adkins, who has served in the House since 1987, said he hates to see all of that experience go, but he’s hopeful that new blood will re-energize his party and bring new ideas to the General Assembly. The Sandy Hook... Read more 

Three weeks into the 2018 session and no signs that a pension bill is close

01/19/2018 03:06 PM

FRANKFORT – We’re twelve days into the 2018 General Assembly 60 day session, and there is still no sign that a pension bill is eminent. Acting Speaker of the House Rep. David Osborne, R- Louisville, says that work continues to go on behind the scenes on the issue, and admits that without a pension bill working on the budget will not be easy. “Certainly, funding the pension makes the budget ore difficult,” Osborne said. “That’s the reason that we’ve gotten in... Read more 

Bill increasing consent age passes House

01/19/2018 10:42 AM

FRANKFORT- The Kentucky House passed a bill increasing the age of consent for teenagers when having sex with adults. House Bill 101, dubbed “Jenna’s Law”, says that a 16 or 17 year old is unable to give consent to have sexual intercourse with anyone 28 years or older. Adults found in violation of this could be charged with third-degree rape which carries a one to five year prison sentence. The Kentucky Association for Sexual Assault Programs is pleased to... Read more 

Retiring former Speaker of the House Jody Richards says that education legislation was always his top priority

01/18/2018 04:52 PM

FRANKFORT – When former Speaker of the House Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green decided that he would not seek reelection in November 2018, it marks the end of a 42 year career in the Kentucky House of Representatives. Richards, who first joined the General Assembly in 1976 and served a record 14 years as Speaker from 1995 to 2009, says that he just felt the time was right to call it a career at the end of the year. “I still enjoy... Read more 

Bill updating criteria for subtance abuse treatment clears House committee

01/18/2018 04:40 PM

FRANKFORT — A House bill aimed at enhancing comprehensive standards and criteria for substance use disorder treatment and recovery services and mandating a review of treatment outcomes by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services easily cleared a House Committee on Thursday. House Bill 124 , filed by Rep. Addia Wuchner, R-Florence, and co-sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls for enhanced standards and criteria for substance abuse treatment and recovery programs in Kentucky. As Wuchner explains, there are... Read more 

Postsecondary education president hopeful that state colleges and universities can save some programs

01/18/2018 03:55 PM

FRANKFORT – Postsecondary education officials are hopeful that a number of education programs which Gov. Matt Bevin had suggested not be funded for the next biennium will have a chance to stay in place as a result of discussions with the General Assembly. Twenty-four of the seventy programs cut were part of postsecondary education including lung cancer research grants, Kentucky Center for Mathematics at NKU, Robinson Scholars at the University of Kentucky, plus 21 others. Robert King, President, Council on Postsecondary Education,... Read more 

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