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Comer Hires New Campaign Manager
Friday, December 19, 2014 7:09 PM
Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer has hired a new campaign director. Comer announced in an email Friday night that Edwin King will be campaign director and spokesman for the campaign beginning Jan. 5. He will replace senior strategist Holly Harris-Von Luehrte in leading day-to-day operations. WHAS-TV said she cited family commitments in stepping down from the post. King ...
KSP Honors Paducah Native for DUI Enforcement
Friday, December 19, 2014 8:11 PM
A Kentucky State Police Trooper from Paducah has been recognized for his work enforcing the commonwealth's DUI laws. The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety held its annual Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards ceremony in Lexington on Tuesday. The event honored 193 officers from 169 law enforcement agencies from across the Commonwealth. KSP Post 1 Trooper Eric Fields of Lyon ...
Stumbo to Push for Local-option Sales Tax Proposal
Friday, December 19, 2014 1:10 PM
Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is putting his political clout behind a proposal to allow local governments to temporarily raise taxes to help pay for big construction projects. Stumbo and the top House Republican, Jeff Hoover, said Friday they will be lead sponsors of the local-option sales tax proposal during next year's legislative session. Stumbo says the proposal is gaining support in ...
Warren County Passes Local Right-to-Work Law
Friday, December 19, 2014 11:11 AM
Warren County has become the only local government in the country to approve measure making it illegal for companies to require employees to join a labor union. The move comes despite an opinion by Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway that says local government lack the authority to pass such a law. In addition, labor unions have vowed to fight it in court. The Warren County Fiscal Court ...
KSP's 'Cram the Cruiser' Nets 116 Tons of Food
Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:11 PM
Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Thursday that the agency’s ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive netted 232,011 pounds of food statewide. In western Kentucky, the troopers at Post 1 hauled in 34,000 pounds to supply local food banks this year. “The Cram the Cruiser food drive was established with the goal of giving back to our local communities who ...
Kentucky Unemployment Rate Drops to 6-Year Low
Friday, December 19, 2014 5:00 AM
Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in November, the lowest rate in more than six years. The state Office of Employment and Training said Thursday that last month's seasonally adjusted rate was down from a revised 6.2 percent jobless rate in October. Officials say last month's rate was Kentucky's lowest since April 2008, when the rate was 5.9 percent. ...
Louisville Raises Minimum Wage, 1st in Kentucky
Friday, December 19, 2014 2:00 AM
The Louisville council has voted to raise the minimum wage, becoming the first city in Kentucky to do so. The Metro Council voted Thursday to raise the minimum wage to at least $9 per hour by 2017. The National Employment Law Project says Kentucky's largest city is the 21st local government in the country to raise the minimum wage. The increase will happen over three years. ...
Conway Calls for Stiffer Heroin Penalties
Thursday, December 18, 2014 6:05 PM
Kentucky's top prosecutor joined other law enforcement officials on Thursday to call for higher penalties for heroin dealers and better treatment options for overdose victims. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, who is running for governor in 2015, made the announcement a few weeks before state lawmakers return to Frankfort for the 2015 legislative session. Earlier this year, ...
Sen. Paul: Trade with Cuba 'Probably a Good Idea'
Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:29 PM
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says starting to trade with Cuba "is probably a good idea" and the lengthy economic embargo against the communist island "just hasn't worked." Paul is the first potential Republican presidential candidate to offer some support for President Barack Obama's decision to seek to normalize U.S. relations with Cuba. Paul says in a radio interview Thursday with ...
Legislative Committee Considering Smoking Ban Bill
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 7:07 PM
A push for a statewide smoking law is getting the attention of a legislative committee in Frankfort. Supporters of a "Smoke Free Kentucky" law cited statistics and pleaded with lawmakers to put a statewide smoking law up for a vote during next year's General Assembly. Statistics include Kentucky having the highest rates in the nation for lung cancer and lung cancer ...
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