Politics
5:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Libertarian Senate Candidate Files Suit Against KET

U.S. Senate Candidate David Patterson, I-KY

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:26 pm

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate David Patterson is suing Kentucky Educational Television over his exclusion from an upcoming debate.                                

David Patterson is asking a federal judge to order KET to include him in the October 13 exchange.

Patterson’s name will appear on the November ballot, but KET says he wasn’t invited to the debate because he didn’t meet the network’s criteria, which says a candidate must have at least $100,000 in donations and be polling at least ten percent in a survey conducted by an independent pollster, among other requirements.

"The original criteria were put into place in March and at that time, Mr. Patterson met three of the four criteria, and only had to meet one," explained Patterson's attorney Chris Wiest.  "Following the primary, KET modified the debate criteria to require that four separate criteria all be met.  In doing that, internal emails from KET indicated they did it for the purpose of excluding third party candidates."

The lawsuit alleges that Patterson's 1st and 14th amendment rights were violated.  A KET spokesman told WKU Public Radio that the network does not comment on pending lawsuits. 

Patterson, a Harrodsburg police officer, is an underdog against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes who have raised millions of dollars in one of the country’s most competitive races.

Kentucky has just over 4,100 registered Libertarians, according the the Secretary of State's Office.

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Sports
3:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
Matt Brown Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:05 pm

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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Education
2:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

MSU President Bob Davies Weighs in on Campus Projects, Enrollment and Potential Tobacco Ban

MSU President Bob Davies speaks with WKMS News Director Chad Lampe about the state of affairs on campus.

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Davies stopped by for a Sounds Good discussion that ranged from ongoing construction projects to MSU enrollment and a potential campus-wide tobacco ban. Here's a quick snapshot of the conversation:

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Government
1:43 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

LRC Invokes Legislative Immunity In Harassment Case

Credit http://www.lrc.ky.gov/

The state Legislative Research Commission is arguing that none of its members can be sued in an ongoing harassment case due to a state law that permits immunity to lawmakers.

 

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Government
1:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

LRC to Swtich to Paperless Constituent Messaging System

Credit Peter Fitzgerald (wikimedia.org)

Constituents across Kentucky should expect an easier time getting their concerns to lawmakers beginning next year, when a new paperless messaging system is scheduled to take effect. 

Marcia Seiler, acting director of the Legislative Research Commission, says she pushed for a switch to a new electronic format for the General Assembly’s constituent messaging service, which traditionally transcribes constituent concerns onto pieces of colored paper known as “green slips.”

She's replacing that system with an instant electronic messaging service that will connect constituents and legislators immediately. 

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Education
12:52 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

MSU Joins Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program

Credit kyproud.com

Murray State University will become the eighth of Kentucky’s higher education institutions to join the Farm to Campus program.

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Government
12:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Watkins Wants to Revise Parole Requirements for Attempted Murder Convicts

Credit LRC Public Information

State Rep. Gerald Watkins (D-Paducah) is looking to sponsor a bill that will change the penalties for violent and non-violent crimes under Kentucky law.

The Paducah democrat says he's currently in the pre-filing process of introducing legislation to revise Kentucky state law to re-classify attempted murder from a non-violent crime to a violent-crime. Violent crime offenders must serve a longer percentage of their sentence before being eligible for parole. 

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Datebook
11:08 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Datebook: September 29 - Foster Care Meeting, Homeplace Book Signing, For Kids' Sake

Omni Visions holds a Foster Care Informational Meeting tomorrow night at 5. The meeting includes information about how to become a foster parent as well as details on Omni Vision’s free foster parent training classes. The meeting is at 450 Park Avenue in Paducah.

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Politics
11:04 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Anchorage Has Kentucky's Highest Income—and Tight Pockets When it Comes to Politics

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:37 am

A recent report on politics and money shows that the city of Anchorage, with the state’s highest median household income, is pretty thrifty when it comes to making political contributions.

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Society
7:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Presented at Louisville Gala

Football Hall-of-Famer and civil rights activist Jim Brown received the Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Humanitarian Award
Credit Muhammad Ali Center

An Academy Award-winning actress, a pro football Hall-of-Famer and six young people from around the world were among those honored Saturday night by the Muhammad Ali Center for their humanitarian work.        

The second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were presented during a Louisville gala that included a red carpet procession.

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