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
1:27 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Report: Kentucky Tax System Unbalanced On Backs of the Poor

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A new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy shows a big gap between Kentucky’s income levels on who pays taxes.

The report says Kentucky’s top 1 percent income bracket pays roughly 5 percent of the state’s income, while the bottom 20 percent pays 9 percent.

(Read the report here.)

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Politics
1:29 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Can The Kentucky Tea Party Win? An Election Analysis

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With the news that more than a dozen tea party groups are actively recruiting a GOP candidate to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014, it’s worth taking a look at how Kentucky tea party-endorsed candidates have fared in statewide or Congressional races.

Since forming in the run up to the 2010 mid-term elections, Kentucky's tea party has won more than a third of the races its challenged for prominent offices, and its candidates have won several primaries over Republican establishment candidates.

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Politics
12:02 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Poll: Kentucky Parents Favor Raising Dropout Age

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An overwhelming majority of Kentucky parents favor moving the dropout age to 18, a new poll says.

Currently, students can drop out of school at 16 years old with a parent’s permission. But Gov.  Steve Beshear has advocated moving that age to 18.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Report: Rising Tuition Costs Aside, Higher Education Still Worthwhile

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Despite rising tuition costs, higher education is still worthwhile because college-degree holders have higher incomes and better opportunities for employment, according to a report released Friday by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Employers are increasingly requiring bachelor’s degrees as part of their hiring processes, the report said. In the next eight years, the report says, more than half of Kentucky jobs will require some sort of higher education. 

Still, students are also wrestling with increasing tuition costs each year. 

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Politics
9:44 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Beshear: 'Too Early' on Whether Gambling Bill Will Be Filed

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The clock is ticking on the current legislative session, but efforts to push expanded gambling in the 2013  are still on-going, Gov. Steve Beshear said.

“I think it’s too early to reach a conclusion yet on whether we will have a bill on expanded gaming, you know we’ve got some issues to be resolved," he said.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Conway Alleges Mortgage Swapping Company Violated State Law

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Claiming they committed fraud, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a suit against a mortgage company.

Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, or MERS, provides a marketplace for banks to trade mortgages and mortgage-backed securities.

Conway says it was set up by banks to avoid the fees that must be paid when mortgages are sold and to hide the true owners of those mortgages.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Beshear Supports Local Option Sales Tax

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Proponents of a local option sales tax have gained big ally in their legislative fight: Gov. Steve Beshear. 

The local option sales tax would allow cities to levy an additional tax on top of the state’s current six percent sales tax for specific projects, if local voters approved the new tax.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray are the chief advocates pushing the idea, arguing their cities would use the extra revenue for infrastructure projects.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear Endorses Plan to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

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Gov. Steve Beshear says he approves of a plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

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Politics
11:10 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Protests Aside, McConnell is Unthreatened Without 'Formidable Challenger,' Political Scientist Says

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Nearly two years before he faces re-election in 2014, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has been under regular attack for his policy stances — from both conservative and progressive groups in Kentucky.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Rand Paul to Oppose Second Sandy Relief Bill Due to Extra Spending

Sen. Rand Paul said he will oppose a measure the U.S. Senate will take up this week for payments to areas of the Northeast affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The Northeast does need help after the storm, but he would like to offset the costs with spending cuts elsewhere in the federal government, he said.

“I would have given them ($)9 billion and I would’ve taken the ($)9 billion from somewhere else," he said. "I would have taken it from foreign aid and said you know what, we don’t have money for Egypt or Pakistan this year because we have to help the Northeast."

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