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2:21 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Ashley Judd vs. Mitch McConnell? 2014 Senate Speculation Continues

Ashley Judd
Former Sen. Richard Lugar's office.

On Election Day eve, the rumors are swirling as to who will challenge Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the 2014 race.

According to The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, the Kentucky Democrats with money to spend want actress-activist Ashley Judd -- and Kentucky native -- to take a shot at the GOP leader.

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Politics
12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Stumbo: Hunting Amendment Should Pass, No Bonds for Pensions

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is predicting a wide margin of victory for the only constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The amendment was proposed by Stumbo and sailed through the General Assembly easily in 2011.

It would put the right to hunt and fish as a permanent right in Kentucky’s Constitution. Stumbo told WHAS radio host Mandy Connell that Tennessee passed the bill by an overwhelming margin and predicts Kentucky to do the same.

“ (Tennessee passed) by about 90 percent, and we’re a lot like Tennessee when it comes to that issue," said Stumbo, a Democrat.

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Politics
12:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rand Paul Makes Robo Calls for Todd Akin

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is now running robo calls for Republican Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.

"I know Todd Akin will stand up and support the Constitution," says Paul. "Todd Akin has stood up to the Washington establishment and I know that when he gets to Washington he'll stand with me and vote to repeal Obamcare."

Check it out (via Politico):

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Local News
12:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Fake Fish Prods for Reopening Kentucky Kingdom

The group Save My Park -- which advocates reopening Kentucky Kingdom -- is an early front-runner for the weirdest news release of the week award. 

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Education
12:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

The List: Southern Indiana School Board Races

Southern Indiana residents will vote-in several school board members in Tuesday’s election. Here's the list of candidates vying for seats tomorrow.

In Greater Clark County Schools a total of nine candidates are vying for four seats. There are three incumbents running. In District 2, incumbent Ernie Gilbert dropped out of the race, as reported by the News and Tribune's Jerod Clapp.

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Politics
12:06 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Observers Displeased with Joint McConnell, Reid 60 Minutes Interview

In a joint interview with Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that CBS News described as "exasperating," 60 Minutes took on the gridlock in the U.S. Senate.

The piece noted that the Senate was once the chamber of Congress where deals were made, but that in recent years the ability to find common ground has been lost.

Reid said that compromise is not something the Senate does anyone, highlighting McConnell’s comment after the 2010 mid-terms, where he said that the chief GOP goal was to limit President Obama to one-term.

McConnell added that the Senate has met the president halfway on a number of bills , but acknowledged the difficulty in forging bipartisan measures.

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Politics
11:59 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Jack Conway: Voting-Buying with Pills Seen 'On the Margins'

Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Over the years, votes have been bought in Kentucky with the promise of cash, favors and liquor. More recently, prescription pills may have been used as currency. But, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway believes such voting buying is rare

“I don’t want to diminish the prescription pill problem," Conway said. "It’s a huge problem in this state. But, I would submit, in terms of buying votes with pills, it’s probably something you see on the margins."

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Local News
11:33 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Train Derailment: Dixie Highway to Reopen Soon

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Update: 4:18 p.m. The Paducah & Louisville Railway has opened a new "outreach center" at West Point City Hall at 509 Elm Street for all claims other than excess mileage incurred because Dixie Highway has been closed, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The existing "outreach center" at the VFW Post 1181, at 6518 Blevins Gap Road, will only handle mileage claims, the company spokeswoman said.

(Read more about the outreach center.)

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Arts and Humanities
11:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Overview: Slant Culture Theatre Festival

In biology, a slant culture occurs when you tilt the test tube to maximize your potential area for cellular growth.

The producing companies of the Slant Culture Theatre Festival are taking a similar approach: by joining forces for an 11-day festival, they hope to create conditions—and a culture—that are favorable to growth for all of the performers and organizations.

Slant Culture opens at Walden Theatre Thursday and runs through Sunday, November 18. 

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Railroad paid $325K so far after derailment

Louisville Metro

The head of the Paducah & Louisville Railway says the company has paid out at least $325,000 in reimbursements so far after a train derailed in southwest Louisville and caused a chemical fire.

CEO Tony Wreck told The Associated Press on Monday that the money has gone to help pay the expenses of people evacuated from their homes after the Oct. 29 crash.

Evacuations were lifted Sunday and homeowners were being allowed back into the town of West Point four days after a chemical fire started at the site.

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