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6:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Plaintiffs Respond to Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that same-sex unions harm procreation is a "myopic" view of marriage, argues a response filed on behalf of Kentucky same-sex couples seeking recognition for their out-of-state marriages.

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7:03 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Stumbo and Stivers Blast New EPA Pollution Regulations

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FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s top-ranking lawmakers have some choice words for the proposed federal regulations governing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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10:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: Results For Louisville Races

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Here are the full results of the 2014 primary for offices in Louisville. All the data is provided by the Jefferson County Clerk's Office.

To see our full coverage of stories from Tuesday's primary, go here. 

You can see the full document here.

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7:01 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Kentucky Pension Is Worst In the U.S., Credit Rating Agency Says

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The credit agency Fitch Ratings has named one of Kentucky’s pensions as the worst in the U.S..

The non-hazardous pension under the Kentucky Employee Retirement System has about a quarter of the money it would need to pay out what will be owed to pensioners.

Todd Green is a senior actuary for Cavanaugh MacDonald, an accounting firm that examined five years’ worth of the state’s pension data. He says the pensions have been neglected and money hasn't been put in them and kept in them.

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11:28 am
Mon May 19, 2014

It's Election Day in Kentucky. Here Are State Legislature Primaries to Watch.

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With an expected 30 percent (or less) voter turnout in Tuesday's primary elections, about 930,000 Kentuckians will take to the polls to determine which candidates will appear on the ballot during this fall's general election.

The big question everybody will be asking: What will the election's outcome have on the Kentucky Democratic Party's bid to retain control of the state House against a Republican insurgency?

With 23 seats contested in the House, here's a quick look at some of the races  that'll add clarity to that question.

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7:29 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Charts: Kentucky State Funding to Colleges Since 1999

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Earlier this month, we presented a chart showing tuition increases at Kentucky state colleges since 1980. It led to a good deal of attention because, well, tuition had increased substantially since the Gov. John Y. Brown Jr. Administration.

Some wondered also about  the state legislature's funding provided to state universities and colleges. Here's what that looks  from 1999 to the current academic year:

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8:00 am
Fri May 9, 2014

U.S. Humane Society Calls on Kentucky to Strengthen Laws Against Cockfighting

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  The CEO of the Humane Society of the United States is calling on House Speaker Greg Stumbo to strengthen the state’s cockfighting laws.

Cockfighting carries a misdemeanor charge in Kentucky, though attending a fight is now a federal crime. Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle is asking Stumbo to toughen the state’s law after an alleged cockfighting ring was recently busted in McDowell, Ky. Three of Stumbo's distant relatives are accused of running the operation.

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1:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Update: The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission Rehears John Arnold Case, Finds Him Guilty

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Quick update: Former Kentucky Representative John Arnold has been found guilt of violating state ethics laws in sexual harassment complaints.

This time around, more members were present, and by a five-to-one vote, Arnold was found guilty in all three charges against him.

He will be fined a total of $3,000.

Arnold's attorney says he will appeal the ruling in Franklin Circuit Court. He also says Arnold, who retired after the allegations against him were made public, has dementia.    

We'll have more details coming up.

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6:59 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Kentucky Rep. John Will Stacy Discusses His Retirement

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After 22 years in the state House, state Eastern Kentucky Rep. John Will Stacy will retire.

The West Liberty  Democrat is one of the longest-serving members of the House. Even so, he says he will not miss being part of the state legislature. 

"I've got a 22-year service in the General Assembly, and I think I've got a 22-year limit BS quotient," Stacy said.

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5:19 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Why 1 Kentucky State Pension is Outperforming the Other

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It was the best of pensions, it was the worst of pensions.

In 2013, the $14.5 billion Kentucky Retirement Systems' investment portfolio drastically underperformed its cousin—the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System—by about $1 billion.

Moreover, last year the KRS underperformed the average public pension's investment plan by about $500 million.

What's the difference?

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