Kentucky

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.
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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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Politics
2:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Alison Lundergan Grimes Releases Plan to Tackle Mine Safety, Black Lung Disease

Alison Lundergan Grimes vistited a Floyd County coal mine earlier this year.
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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes unveiled a plan Thursday to improve mine safety and address black lung diseases—an offensive campaign move on the Kentucky coal issue.

Her plan also takes Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to task for vowing to repeal a key provision in the Affordable Care Act that helps coal miners receive benefits for black lung disease.

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Politics
8:47 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Federal Ruling is 'Martial Law' Against Marriage, Says Family Foundation of Kentucky

Kent Ostrander
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A federal judge's ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage undermines voters authority to define marriage as they see fit.

That's according to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and anti-gay rights activists with the Family Foundation of Kentucky, who lashed out at a court decision Tuesday against the Kentucky's gay marriage ban.

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Politics
2:57 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Mitch McConnell All But Dares President Obama to Visit Kentucky

President Obama
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During a floor speech Thursday morning, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell invited President Obama to visit Kentucky.

The White House is kicking off a number of "Day in the Life" trips across the country this week in an effort to put a face on the struggling middle-class, and to get Obama out of the Oval Office bubble.

Calling the visits a public relations stunt, McConnell all but dared the president talk with Kentuckians about his agenda.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

3 Top Kentucky Democrats Endorse Jack Conway for Governor

Jack Conway
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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's campaign for governor received endorsements Thursday from three leading state Democrats.

Conway picked up the support of former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford, former State Auditor Crit Luallen and current U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, the campaign announced. 

"I am humbled to receive the endorsements of three people who have been so dedicated to standing up for Kentuckians and fighting for the working men and women of our Commonwealth," Conway said in a news release.

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Education
7:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Kentucky's Teacher Education Efforts Get Mixed Results, Study Says

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The programs that aim to prepare Kentucky teachers for the classroom got mixed reviews in a study by the National Council on Teacher Equality.

The council reviewed 2,400 elementary, secondary and special education programs around the country.

In Kentucky, 47 programs were evaluated at 37 different post secondary institutions.

For a full review of the Kentucky programs that were evaluated, go here.

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