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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
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

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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6:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kentucky Senate Passes Budget Plan That Differs From House Version

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The Kentucky Senate passed its version of a two-year $20-billion budget. The lengthy document will end up in a House-Senate Conference Committee where a key House leader expects successful passage this session.

The Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate have budgets that differ in a number of areas. The senate plan restores funding for higher education, but cuts out most projects, including those on university campuses. 

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Politics
1:30 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Walmart Supercenter to be Built in West Louisville

A design of the Walmart Supercenter planned for 18th & Broadway
Credit Phillip Bailey/WFPL News

Joined by Louisville Metro Council members, community leaders and neighborhood residents, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Monday that Walmart will build a supercenter at the old Philip Morris site.

The $25 million project is the largest investment in the city's West End in over a decade and is being heralded by supporters as a sign that its neighborhoods are "open for business."

Walmart plans to build a 155,000 square foot store that will be the size of nearly three football fields, which is expected to bring in over 300 jobs to the area.

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9:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Attorneys on Louisville Metro Council Have Taken Double Oaths

Councilman David James, D-6,

Three Metro Council members have taken sworn oaths nearly identical to the one Democrat David James is being scrutinized about as a University of Louisville police officer.

James has sworn to the Kentucky Constitution as a council member and as a major with the campus police department, which both include saying he has not "fought a duel with deadly weapons" among similar pieces of language.

The Jefferson County attorney’s office is arguing that James is holding incompatible public offices, and must relinquish one of the two.

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7:00 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Siddique Malik Wants to be Kentucky's First Muslim State Legislator

Malik
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Kentucky is among several states this year targeted for a Republican takeover. The GOP is hoping to win a majority in the House, a chamber currently controlled by Democrats 54-to-46.

But with all eyes on the House, there's a different battle brewing in the state's Republican-run Senate—one candidate is testing to see if the commonwealth is ready for its first Muslim lawmaker.

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Politics
6:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Walmart at 18th and Broadway in Louisville Expected to be Announced Monday

The former Philip Morris site at 18th and Broadway

A former Louisville Metro Councilwoman is saying a Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway in Louisville, and an official announcement will be made Monday morning.

Denise Bentley, who left the council in 2005, posted to Facebook Friday saying "Walmart is coming to 18th and Broadway!"

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5:37 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Kentucky House Passes Eminent Domain Bill Aimed at Bluegrass Pipeline

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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would prevent the builders of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline from using eminent domain.

Lawmakers voted 75 to 16 in support of the measure, which is aimed at the Bluegrass Pipeline. The pipeline would cross a handful of Kentucky counties and carry the product of natural gas drilling in the northeast.

The bill only allows public utilities regulated by the state Public Service Commission to use eminent domain.

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1:45 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Matt Bevin Favors U.S. Seizing Russian Assets to Pay for Ukrainian Aid

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin of Kentucky

Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin suggests the U.S. government should seize Russian assets and remove the foreign super power from international organizations in response to the Ukraine crisis.

President Obama put financial sanctions on a dozen of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest aides and allies this week.

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6:36 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Kentucky's Local Option Sales Tax Push Gets Boost From Speaker Greg Stumbo

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A push to allow Kentucky's local governments to fund projects with  a 1-percent sales tax increase has won the support of key leadership in the state House.

All it took was a conversation between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Gov. Steve Beshear, both Democrats.

After spending the past 50 days of the session criticizing the measure championed by Democratic Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Stumbo says he now supports legislation to allow local governments to fund capital construction projects with a new sales tax.

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8:43 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Kentucky House Committee Declines Bills Requiring Ultrasounds Before Abortions

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The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee voted down two similar bills Thursday that would require ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and penalize doctors who don’t comply.

The committee also rejected a measure requiring women to meet in person with their doctor before having an abortion. They were each rejected along party-line votes.

Derek Selznick is executive director of the ACLU of Kentucky’s Reproductive Freedom Project. He says the mandatory ultrasounds would be traumatic to a woman who conceived a child after being raped.

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