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6:07 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Kentucky State Budget Battle Shifts Focus to Rupp Arena Renovations

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  FRANKFORT—Kentucky state lawmakers spent the first several hours of a Saturday afternoon budget conference haranguing one another for Washington-style politicking and discussing whether to use state bonds to finance portions of a $310 million renovation plan for the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena.

The fourth consecutive day of budget negotiations between House Democratic and Senate GOP leadership began with heightened levels of rancor, with each side blaming the other for adhering to politics that invoked the specters of Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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5:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Is Tonight's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game Slowing the State Budget Process?

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Work on a new Kentucky state budget is slowing in Frankfort—because of a a basketball game.

Interest in tonight's NCAA Tournament matchup between the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats is the latest delaying factor in an already contentious day.

With only a handful of days left in the session, lawmakers are behind schedule on passing the only bill they’re required to: A $20.3 billion biennial budget.

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5:02 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Lobbyists Spend $4.3 Million In Kentucky General Assembly

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FRANKFORT — Lobbyists spent $4.3 million in the first two months of the 2014 General Assembly, with the healthcare industry leading the way in spending on lawmakers.

Health care companies spent more than $888,000 from Jan. 7 to Feb. 28, according to lobbying data released by the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission. Hospitals paid the lion’s share of the healthcare lobby, at more than $205,000.

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8:05 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Matt Bevin TV Ad Puts Mitch McConnell in Duke Jersey Ahead of Louisville-Kentucky Matchup

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin is launching a new TV ad Friday that clads incumbent Mitch McConnell in a Duke University jersey.

"March Madness in Kentucky: commitment, courage—you got to love it. Even if your team isn't in the tournament," says Bevin, referencing a McConnell campaign ad that mistakenly showed Duke's 2010 NCAA champion victory instead of Kentucky.

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6:56 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Kentucky Senate Restores Mine Inspections to 6 Per Year

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The Kentucky Senate will likely restore funding for state coal mine inspections.

Currently, mines get six state inspections a year. A previous draft of the budget cut the number to two. Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber will likely restore funding for six inspections.

But that doesn't mean Stivers wants to keep the amount of money exactly the same. He says the House budget didn’t address the reduction in the number of coal mines, which he argues requires fewer inspections.

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6:42 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Once Again Tries For Charter Schools

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A bill that would open the door to charter schools in Kentucky has passed the state Senate, although similar legislation has previously failed to gain traction in the Democratic-led House.

The measure passed by a 22-14 party line vote—not unlike the vote last year.

The bill would allow certified teaching staff and parents to petition the principal of a low-achieving school for a vote on whether a privately run charter organization should be in charge of the school.

State Sen. Mike Wilson, a Bowling Green Republican, sponsored the bill.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Congressman John Yarmuth Calls for Minimum Wage Hike

In a House floor speech Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky called for an increase to the federal minimum wage.

A hike to hourly wages has been a popular issue for Democrats in 2014, and has been a clear contrast in the U.S. Senate race.

The congressman is co-sponsoring the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour incrementally over three years.

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1:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Louisville Councilman David James' Jobs-Conflict Case Punted Back to Attorney General's Office

Louisville Metro Councilman David James, D-6,

Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Wine is returning a controversial case involving Louisville Metro Councilman David James' potential jobs conflict to the Kentucky attorney general's office.

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jack Conway sent a letter to Wine saying "ouster authority for county offices" fell within the Louisville prosecutor's jurisdiction.

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8:33 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Campaign Receives Cease and Desist Letter for Using Kentucky Player's Image

University of Kentucky star Julius Randle in a McConnell campaign ad
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The University of Kentucky's athletics department sent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign a cease and desist letter for using an image of a standout men's basketball player in a campaign video.

McConnell's team was under fire for most of Tuesday after mistakenly using footage of Duke University's 2010 NCAA championship victory when highlighting the state's basketball dominance.

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11:14 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Mitch McConnell Campaign Ad Celebrates Kentucky's Basketball Dominance With Duke National Title

Senator Mitch McConnell at a Tea Party rally in Kentucky
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Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has stepped into the middle of a nasty basketball rivalry after a new campaign ad about Kentucky's dominance featured Duke University winning the national title.

The McConnell campaign released a video Tuesday morning saying that "rebuilding America begins in Kentucky by making McConnell majority leader."

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