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- Telephone Deregulation Bill Awaits Governor's Signature
by Renee Shaw | 03/03/15 1:50 PM
A telecommunications deregulation package that failed in previous General Assembly sessions finally gained the traction it needed for final passage. The measure, nicknamed the “AT&T Bill” for the lobbying efforts of that company, cleared a Senate committee and then the full chamber on Monday. Read more.
- Senate Debt Limit Measure Moves to the House
by Renee Shaw | 03/02/15 2:35 PM
Another attempt to limit state debt sparked a pitched battle in the Senate on Friday. It's become a hallmark of the Republican legislative agenda to reign in debt incurred by the state, and their perennial efforts are likely to meet their perennial defeat in the Democratically controlled House. Read more.
- Heroin Bills Still Face Hurdles
by John Gregory | 03/02/15 2:33 PM
There appears to be widespread bipartisan consensus in Frankfort that lawmakers must pass a measure to address the heroin scourge in Kentucky. Yet the fate of the legislation remains uncertain as competing House and Senate measures differ on significant points. Read more.
- 55,000 Degrees Works for More College Diplomas in Louisville
by John Gregory | 02/27/15 2:34 PM
When Louisville and Jefferson County governments merged in 2003, city leaders commissioned a study to see how the metro area ranked against 14 competitor communities. Some of the results were disturbing: Louisville ranked in the bottom tier of cities for adults with high school diplomas, and next to last for people with bachelor's degrees. Read more.
- Heroin Debate Continues; Senate Panel Moves on Rape Kit Backlog
by Renee Shaw | 02/27/15 2:30 PM
Treating addicts and shutting down heroin distribution are the two main objectives of Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel (R- Taylor Mill). Heroin-related overdoses have more than tripled in the last three years in his northern Kentucky district. Read more.
- Public-Private Partnerships Touted As Economic Booster
by Renee Shaw | 02/26/15 2:28 PM
In the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly session, lawmakers passed legislation to allow for public-private partnerships (P3) on state construction projects. But Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed the measure because it banned the use of tolls on northern Kentucky's ragged Brent Spence Bridge. Read more.
- Dr. Robert Davies: Murray State President
by John Gregory | 02/26/15 2:27 PM
As Robert Davies settles into his new job as president of Murray State University, he's doing a lot of listening. Read more.
- Raymond Burse Wants Nurturing Environment at KSU
by John Gregory | 02/25/15 5:53 PM
Last summer when Raymond Burse agreed to a second turn at the helm of Kentucky State University, the plan was for him to serve as interim president for one year. Read more.
- State House Approves Telephone Deregulation and Beer Bills
by Renee Shaw | 02/25/15 5:05 PM
House Budget Chairman Rick Rand (D-Bedford) reasons that deregulation of the telecommunications industry in Kentucky will bolster business investment and create more jobs in the commonwealth. Read more.
- KTRS Bonding Plan Clears House Despite Strong Opposition
by Renee Shaw | 02/24/15 3:39 PM
House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg) says Kentucky should act now and issue $3.3 billion in pension obligation bonds to mitigate the $14 billion unfunded liability in the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System. His House Bill 4 would authorize the bonds in fiscal year 2016 to protect benefits and ensure solvency of the pension fund beyond the year 2035. Read more.