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6:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky Rep. John Will Stacy Discusses His Retirement

John Will Stacy
Credit Legislative Research Commission

After 22 years in the state House, state Eastern Kentucky Rep. John Will Stacy will retire.

The West Liberty  Democrat is one of the longest-serving members of the House. Even so, he says he will not miss being part of the state legislature. 

"I've got a 22-year service in the General Assembly, and I think I've got a 22-year limit BS quotient," Stacy said.

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9:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Jack Conway's Bid for Kentucky Governor Imminent

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Days after the Kentucky Derby another horse race is on the mind of Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, according to multiple sources.

Conway is expected to announce his bid for governor this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.

Those familiar with the decision have leaked that he has plucked state Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, as a running mate.

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6:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Special Prosecutor Named in Louisville Councilman David James' Job-Conflict Case

Councilman David James, D-6, and Metro Police officers
Credit Phillip M. Bailey/WFPL

The Kentucky Attorney General's office has appointed a special prosecutor to determine whether Councilman David James' simultaneous job as a University of Louisville police officer is unconstitutional.

Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt Donnell is the prosecutor in Shelby, Spencer, and Anderson counties. She will make a ruling on the case, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jack Conway's office confirmed.

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5:19 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Why 1 Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

Credit Wikipedia Commons

It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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2:46 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

State Auction of Richie Farmer's Guns and Knives Raises $21,500

Credit Kentucky Department of Agriculture

FRANKFORT — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources raised more than $21,500 for charity on Monday by auctioning off the 29 guns and knives that lead to the imprisonment of former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer.

Farmer used state money to purchase the items as gifts at a 2008 conference when he was agriculture commissioner. But he kept many of the items for himself. Farmer is now serving a 27 month sentence in federal prison on government corruption charges.

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10:33 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth 'Thrilled' Over Son Purchasing LEO Weekly

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., says he is thrilled that his son is buying the alternative news weekly he founded almost 25 years ago.

Last week it was announced Aaron Yarmuth is leading a group purchasing LEO Weekly from the Nashville-based SouthComm Communications.

But the elder Yarmuth said he doesn’t expect to receive preferential treatment from LEO Weekly as a result.

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4:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mitch McConnell-Led Filibuster Halts Minimum Wage Bill in Senate

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Senate Republicans successfully blocked a key Democratic proposal on Wednesday to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., all but one GOP senator voted to sustain a filibuster against the measure, which failed to reached the needed 60-vote threshold.

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10:52 am
Wed April 30, 2014

City Taking Over GLI's Role Under Louisville Mayor's Reorganization Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

The city is taking over the day-to-day economic development role of Greater Louisville Inc. under Mayor Greg Fischer's reorganization plan.

It's a change that will significantly scale back Metro Government's relationship with the local chamber of commerce, which has been plagued by internal strife, financial woes and organizational troubles over the past year.

Saying the city needs a unified job creation approach, Fischer announced "Louisville Forward" Wednesday morning. 

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5:41 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kentucky Coal Association Warns Alison Lundergan Grimes Against Taking Environmentalist's Donations

Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Coal Association is warning Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes against taking donations from a California billionaire known for environmental activism.

Grimes attended a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday with major Democratic donors. She is seeking the nomination to run against Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell in the fall.

The donors included NextGen Climate Action President Tom Steyer, who has pledged to work against candidates in favor of coal production in the United States.

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8:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike Hurts 'Minorities and Youth' Job Chances, Rand Paul Says

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,
Credit U.S. Senate

Speaking in west Louisville this week, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned that a hike to the minimum wage would hurt job opportunities for racial minorities and younger workers.

Paul made the comments at a roundtable discussion with community and business leaders that his office organized to field questions about his Economic Freedom Zones proposal.

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