Politics
8:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Mum as Staffer Claims 'War on Women' in Kentucky State House

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes
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A statehouse staffer says there is a clear "war on women" being waged in the Kentucky legislature after a questionable decision cleared former state Rep. John Arnold of any ethical wrongdoing.

The scandal is also threatening to entangle U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is in a difficult spot due to her connections to state Democrats involved.

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Education
6:53 am
Wed April 9, 2014

JCPS Holds Workshops in Louisville Neighborhoods Where Kindergarten Readiness Scores Were Lower

The first day of the 2013-14 school year at Shelby Elementary School.
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Earlier this year, Kentucky released results of screeners meant to show what percentage of this year's kindergartners entered with the skills needed for school.

The results showed vast differences in "kindergarten readiness" in children coming from Louisville's many neighborhoods.

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Environment
12:01 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Middle Mississippi River Makes List of 'Most Endangered Rivers' for Flood Control Project

A paddler on the Mississippi River
Ted Heisel American Rivers

The stretch of the Mississippi River that touches Kentucky and Missouri is on one environmental group’s list of the most endangered rivers in the country. American Rivers says the wildlife of the Middle Mississippi River is threatened by a proposed flood control project.

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Politics
8:36 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

What Does 'Equal Pay Day' Mean for Kentucky Women, Especially Minorities?

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President Obama penned a pair of executive actions on Tuesday tied to "Equal Pay Day," acting on an especially important issue for Kentucky women of all races and ethnicities.

The wage rates along gender lines overall are telling.

In the Bluegrass state, women earn 24 cents less than their male counterparts despite their growth in the workforce over the past three decades.

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Politics
4:44 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Former Kentucky Lawmaker John Arnold Cleared of Ethics Charges

John Arnold
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FRANKFORT—A former state House lawmaker accused of sexually harassing and assaulting three female state employees has been cleared of the ethics charges they filed against him.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Trey Grayson is Leaving Harvard and Hopes to Return to Kentucky

Trey Grayson
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Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is resigning his position as director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Grayson said he hopes to come back to Kentucky to explore “a couple opportunities,” but doesn’t have plans to enter the 2015 race for governor.

“Until my kids get older, I don’t have any interest in running for office in the near term," Grayson said. "So I’m just looking for a good opportunity, and maybe someday I’ll return to elective politics, but I don’t see that in the near term.”

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Local News
2:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country'

An executive with the Los Angeles Lakers is denying rumors that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will become the next head coach of the struggling NBA team.    

The rumors were floated by former UK star Rex Chapman on Twitter shortly before the Wildcats’ loss to Connecticut in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.  Chapman called Calipari’s departure a “done deal.”

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Local News
12:46 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Kentucky Gets ‘B’ Grade In Government Transparency

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The national leader just five years ago, Kentucky is starting to fall behind other states in disclosing how state government spends the public’s money.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

UK and UofL Are Teaming Up for an MBA Program

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The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville will offer a joint executive MBA program that focuses on extending education for business leaders. 

With a tuition price tag of just more than $67,000, the joint program will offer about 40 mid-level executives the opportunity to work with senior faculty members and learn new skills, officials said.

The class is set to begin in the fall of 2014.

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It's All Politics
6:53 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Voters line up in the dark to cast their ballots at a polling station on Nov. 6, 2012 in Miami, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 12:03 am

For all the criticism about long lines and other Election Day snafus, most states actually improved the way they handled elections between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The report found that, overall, wait times at polling stations decreased by about three minutes over 2008, and 40 states and the District of Columbia improved their "election performance index" scores, which Pew calculated from 17 indicators that make up the index.

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