• 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.

  • Money for Teacher Retirement: Lawmakers Debate Bonding

    by John Gregory | 02/24/15 3:38 PM

    Kentucky House members worked into the evening Monday to pass a contentious bill that would add billions in state debt but could shore up public school teacher pensions. Read more.

  • Split Decision on Snow Days Monopolizes Senate

    by Renee Shaw | 02/24/15 3:33 PM

    Kentucky Senate partisans swapped attacks and accusations on Friday over the decision to convene at the end of a weather-weary week. Read more.

  • Snowbound, But Some Students and Lawmakers Hit the Books

    by John Gregory | 02/24/15 3:32 PM

    Even as school students and some lawmakers enjoyed several snow days, the journalists on Comment on Kentucky braved the elements to review the week's news. Read more.

  • State Senators Debate Student Rights Issues

    by Renee Shaw | 02/20/15 4:51 PM

    While the Kentucky House remained in snowy weather recess, state senators convened to tackle bills dealing with student speech rights and restroom use of transgender students. Read more.

  • Coming Home: Marine's Novel Explores Life After War

    by John Gregory | 02/17/15 2:01 PM

    When a Marine veteran returns to his home and family in central Kentucky, he carries the mental scars of what he experienced during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. His journey through post-traumatic stress disorder forms the plot of "Black Walls Turn Gray," a new novel by Brad Jones. The Lexington writer appeared on One to One to discuss the book and his military service with host Bill Goodman. Read more.

  • Smoking Ban Clears Major Hurdle

    by Renee Shaw | 02/17/15 1:34 PM

    It's taken five years, but an embattled bill to ban indoor smoking in all workplaces and public spaces finally received a vote by the full House on Friday. Read more.

  • House Tackles Smoking Ban, Heroin Abuse

    by John Gregory | 02/17/15 1:30 PM

    The rush of legislative action continued last week as state lawmakers prepared for the Presidents' Day break. The panel on Comment on Kentucky reviewed recent actions on bills in the General Assembly, ranging from smoking and heroin, to dating violence and off-year elections. Read more.

  • KCTCS President Jay Box: 'Fulfill Those Dreams'

    by John Gregory | 02/17/15 1:27 PM

    As a graduate of a small Texas community college, Jay Box has an affinity for the institutions once known as junior colleges. Now Box oversees a statewide network of 70 campuses and nearly 100,000 students as the president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Read more.