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Gov. Bevin Still Plans to Call Special Session for Pension Issue

Kentucky's Republican governor said he still plans to call a special session of the state legislature to make changes to the state's troubled public pension system.

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Calloway County Democratic Party Chair David Ramey plans on running again for the Kentucky 5th District House Seat in 2018. 

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(Update: Beshear's office says they will appeal. See below)

A judge has ruled Gov. Matt Bevin had the power to reorganize several state education boards over the summer, but said the governor’s restructuring of a board that dealt with teacher disciplinary actions was unconstitutional.

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A Democratic lawmaker in Kentucky said he has asked a state ethics commission to investigate a sexual harassment settlement involving four members of the state House.

The growing list of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile men across industries, including Hollywood and the media, has prompted a fundamental shift in the landscape of such allegations and how lawyers on both sides are handling these cases.

In the weeks since accusations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein surfaced, other allegations have been lobbed at several prominent men, including actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K. and film director Brett Ratner.

Critics in the Senate have posed a high-stakes question: Can anything keep President Trump from launching a nuclear attack on his own?

"We are concerned that the president of the United States is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with U.S. national security interests," said Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy.

His Massachusetts colleague Ed Markey has offered legislation that would require congressional approval for any first use of nuclear weapons.

On Oct. 5, The New York Times published an article detailing alleged sexual misconduct by film executive Harvey Weinstein that dated back nearly three decades.

The article featured evidence and interviews describing a pattern in which the film producer would invite young women to a business meeting, sometimes in his hotel room, and then sexually assault or harass them.

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Monuments surround us. On the courthouse square. In our cemeteries. On battlefields. What are these monuments for? Or as the Nashville songwriter Kate Campbell puts it, “Who are these monuments for?”

Monuments help us remember. Monuments are, after all, for us. They help us remember from where we’ve come, and therefore, they help us know who we are. Monuments are also erected as what writer Catherine W. Bashir referred to in “Southern Cultures” journal as “landmarks of power.”

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A gay rights activist has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that allows therapists to refuse clients based on personal beliefs.

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A former hacker from west Kentucky once involved in an international malware forum that got shut down by the FBI is encouraging students in the region to use their IT skills for good.

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An official with the federal government wants the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky, to remove a rainbow-colored crosswalk because he says the gesture honoring the LGBT community is a safety hazard. 

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Carbon Capture Reconsidered: Big-Ticket Climate Fix Gets a Fresh Look

Several lawmakers from the Ohio Valley region have joined a bipartisan push to fund what’s called carbon capture and storage. That technology can strip CO2 from power plant emissions. But it is also extremely expensive. Glynis Board of the Ohio Valley ReSource reports that the mounting urgency to address climate change has caused some who were skeptical of the technology to take a fresh look.

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