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Politics
12:45 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Kentucky Election Finance Leader Retiring

Sarah M. Jackson
Credit Kentucky Registry of Election Finance

The longtime head of Kentucky’s agency overseeing state campaign finance law is stepping down later this year.

Sarah Jackson announced this week she is retiring as executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance effective Nov. 1 after serving in the position since 1999.

“Sarah has been a tremendous asset to the agency and a true professional as executive director. The agency is stronger for it,” said KREF board chairman Craig C. Dilger in a released statement.

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Politics
8:25 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Can Alison Lundergan Grimes Win Over Kentucky’s Coal Country?

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HAZARD—Speaking as if Republican Senator Mitch McConnell were in the room, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes told an Eastern Kentucky crowd Wednesday afternoon that she is the true champion of coal in the U.S. Senate race.

"Senator, let’s set the record straight. I’m the only pro-coal candidate in this race," said Grimes, joined on stage by former President Bill Clinton and members of the United Mine Workers of America.

Grimes' campaign filled the Hal Rogers Center in Hazard beyond its capacity. The optics were clear—these coal miners have her back.

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Politics
10:12 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Ag Commissioner James Comer’s Office Claims No Affiliation to ‘Grassroots’ Kentucky Governor Page

Republican Ag Commissioner James Comer and his wife, T.J. Comer, at Fancy Farm
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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's office on Tuesday denied ties to a gubernatorial campaign webpage that has used paid ads, which would have violated state campaign finance rules if the candidate were involved.

Called "James Comer for Kentucky Governor in 2015," the Facebook page was launched a day after the Republican constitutional officer announced his run for governor.

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Politics
6:57 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Can Kentucky's Fancy Farm Picnic Be Tamed?

Fancy Farm 2008
Credit Micah Drushal/Creative Commons

In 2009, Attorney General Jack Conway lashed out at hecklers and cursed on stage at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Western Kentucky.

“And you can holler all you want at me and I can hear you,” bellowed Conway, who was running against Dan Mongiardo in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary at the time.

“But just like Wendell (Ford) used to say, go ahead and chew on my hide. It only grows back tougher. And I’ve been around awhile and you’re looking at one tough son of a b—.”

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Local News
8:31 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Why Do 27 Percent of Kentucky's Kids Live in Poverty?

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On Tuesday, we examined a report that said 27 percent of Kentucky children in 2012 lived in poverty. 

The issue of poverty raises plenty of question. One of them is simply: What factors contribute to the financial struggles of Kentucky's families and children? And what can be changed?

A  leading cause is a lack of access to and dwindling opportunities for economic gain,  said Terry Singer, the dean of the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville.

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Education
3:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition

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Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.

More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.

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Politics
7:09 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Kentucky Unaffected By Contradictory Health Care Rulings

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A pair of conflicting appeals court rulings about the Affordable Care Act issued Tuesday will not impact Kentucky's implementation of the federal overhaul, state officials told WFPL.

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Politics
12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Mitch McConnell's Aid to Mississippi Republican Incumbent Angers Kentucky Tea Party Activists

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After serving on the Daviess County Republican Party's leadership team for almost three years, Owensboro native Barbara Knott had enough.

She resigned on July 10 and the reason was simple; Knott cannot support Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell this fall.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Does Cloverlick, Ky., Exist? Eastern Kentucky Community Drawn Into Senate Ad Fact-Check

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Don Disney appear together in a recent campaign ad.
Credit Grimes campaign ad

Discord over a pair of campaign ads in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race has brought a rural area in Eastern Kentucky to the political spotlight and put Republican Mitch McConnell's team on the defensive.

Fact-checkers have shredded commercials released by McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, which attack each other over who Medicare costs.

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Education
12:13 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Kentucky Immigrants Are Likelier to Have a College Degree Than U.S.-Born Kentucky Residents

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A greater percentage of foreign-born Kentucky residents hold a college degree than Kentuckians born in the U.S.—but immigrants to Kentucky are also likelier to have not finished high school, according to a study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.

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