Kenny Colston

Kentucky Public Radio Frankfort Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is based in the state capitol and files pieces for public radio stations across the commonwealth. Before joining KPR in 2012, he covered state government for Insight CN2. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Kenny was a four-year staff member of the Kentucky Kernel, serving as editor-in-chief in his last year. 

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Politics
1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

University Bonding Projects on Fast Track to Pass House This Week

Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.
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FRANKFORT — A bill authorizing bonding projects for most of Kentucky's public universities appears to have ample support to be approved this week in  the state House.

House Bill 7  authorizes more than $300 million in projects, including renovations for dorm rooms, academic buildings and football stadium renovations at the University of Kentucky.

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6:13 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Mitch McConnell On Many Most Wanted Lists

Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Mitch McConnell is a wanted man.

For months, the Democratic Super PAC Progress Kentucky has made McConnell’s defeat its sole priority. They’ve held multiple protests—like this political Christmas caroling—against McConnell at his home and offices in Louisville, Lexington and London, Ky.

“We think that people from you know both the far left and far right can agree that as a career politician, Mitch McConnell’s corruption is way over the top and we got to get a new senator and get him out of there,” said Shawn Reilly, who works for the organization.

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Politics
5:15 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Lawmakers Ready for Tax Reform Legislation, but Bill Unlikely This Session

Jerry Abramson
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Kentucky lawmakers seemed eager to dig into another tax reform bill this year, but the chair of the latest tax reform commission says reform isn't likely coming soon.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson—who chaired the commission—and Mary Lassiter, the secretary of the cabinet, addressed lawmakers on the budget committees about the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Tax Commission.

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Politics
1:31 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Special Taxing Districts Reforms Filed, Moving Quickly in Frankfort

Adam Edelen
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FRANKFORT — Efforts to reform Kentucky's laws for more than 1,000 special taxing districts—such as library boards, fire districts and sewer districts— are quickly moving this week  in the General Assembly.

The reforms were filed Tuesday as House Bill 1—which typically denotes a top priority for legislative leaders— and would create an online registry to list the special districts and their required financial paperwork. It stems from a partnership between  between state Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Broadband Advocates Revive Bill That Removes Land Line Requirement

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for more wireless and broadband options in Kentucky will once again push a bill reforming the state's telecommunications laws—specifically, removing language that requires old-school land-line service throughout the state.

Citizens for a Digital Future unveiled the legislation today, which is sponsored by state Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville.

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Politics
12:35 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Christian Health-Sharing Bill Gaining Support

Kentucky Senate Republicans are rallying around a bill to allow a Christian health-sharing organization to continue operating in Kentucky.

Christian Care Medi-share collects dues from members, then uses those funds to pay other members' health bills. Last year, the Department of Insurance successfully argued in court that  Medi-share should be regulated like other insurance companies.  The decision effectively ended the program in Kentucky.

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Politics
6:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly

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Support is clearly growing behind Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's efforts for industrial hemp in Kentucky are growing.

Call it hempmentum.

With last week's endorsement from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Comer now has the majority of Kentucky's federal delegation behind him.

Both U.S. senators and half of the state's House members have publicly endorsed legalizing industrial hemp. They say Kentucky is well-suited to be a leader in growing hemp for fiber and oil.

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Politics
12:02 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

In Wake of Financial Downgrade, Kentucky Business Leaders Call for Quick Pension Reform

Credit Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Another change in Kentucky’s financial outlook has the state’s business leaders calling on the General Assembly for immediate pension reforms.

Standard and Poor’s has changed Kentucky’s outlook to negative, citing the state's large unfunded pension obligations as the main reason.

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Politics
4:18 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Chief Justice John Minton Rules Out Furloughs, but Warns of More Budget Cuts to Courts

John Minton
Credit Kentucky Supreme Court

After a year of budget cuts to Kentucky's court system, Chief Justice John Minton said furloughs won't happen in the next year, but he is asking lawmakers to find more money for the state’s judicial branch.

Kentucky's judicial branch will face more cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, though, Minton said in his annual address to the interim judicial committee.

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Politics
2:08 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Courier-Journal Poll: Majority of Kentuckians Support Expanded Gambling

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 A recently released poll shows that a majority of Kentuckians favor the expansion of gambling in the state.

Sixty percent of Kentuckians said they support expansion when asked a broad yes or no question about it, The Courier-Journal’s Bluegrass Poll said. 

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