Kenny Colston (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Kenny Colston is the Frankfort Bureau Chief for Kentucky Public Radio (a collaborative effort of public radio stations in Kentucky). Colston has covered Kentucky's Capitol and state government since 2010. He is a Louisville native, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. When he's not tracking down stories about Kentucky politics, you can often find him watching college sports, particularly football.

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Government
11:41 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul

Adam Edelen
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Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Kentucky Hemp Commission will meet for first time in a decade

For the first time in a decade, Kentucky's commission on industrial hemp will hold a meeting.

The commission has been dormant since its inception, but Agriculture Commissioner James Comer supports hemp and is reviving the panel.

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Politics
8:18 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Constables Report Encourages Lawmakers Seeking to Abolish Office

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Kentucky lawmakers who advocate abolishing the office of constable are emboldened by a new report from the state justice cabinet calling for just that. Constables have the same law enforcement powers as county sheriffs, but without the specific duties. Like sheriffs, the position is outlined in the constitution. For years, lawmakers have tried to pass a constitutional amendment to end the office. The report said constables have little law enforcement purpose in Kentucky, accounting for .20 of recorded law enforcement in the state.

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Government
12:39 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Justice Cabinet Says Kentucky Doesn't Need Constables

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A new report by Kentucky's Justice Cabinet is advocating for the elimination of the office of constable.

The office is set in the Kentucky Constitution, but the report says the office no longer helps in law enforcement and is often a liability.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Keep Kentucky House, But Become a 2014 Target

Kentucky Democrats successfully defended their control of the state House -- but they're now stranded on a political island. It appears that Republicans will take control of the Arkansas House of Representatives, leaving Kentucky as the only southern state with a Democratic-controlled House. And that will make Kentucky House Democrats a big blue target in future years. The Kentucky state House will remain in Democratic control for at least two more years, when all 100 seats in the body are back on the ballot.

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Politics
11:07 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Conway: Kentucky Democrats Suffer No Long-Term Damage After Ben Chandler Loss

Ben Chandler

Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler's defeat in his re-election bid Tuesday  won't  hinder the Kentucky Democratic Party in future years, a party leader said.

But Attorney General Jack Conway also said he’s upset that Kentucky will have only one Democratic congressman for the next two years -- Rep. John Yarmuth in the Third District.

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Politics
6:06 am
Wed November 7, 2012

GOP Falls Short in Bid to Take Control of State House

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Kentucky Republicans have fallen well short of their goal of winning 10 seats and taking control of the state House.

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Politics
11:45 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Stumbo: Hunting Amendment Should Pass, No Bonds for Pensions

Greg Stumbo
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House Speaker Greg Stumbo is predicting a wide margin of victory for the only constitutional amendment on the ballot.

The amendment was proposed by Stumbo and sailed through the General Assembly easily in 2011. It would put the right to hunt and fish as a permanent right in Kentucky’'s Constitution. Stumbo told WHAS radio host Mandy Connell that Tennessee passed the bill by an overwhelming margin and predicts Kentucky to do the same.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon November 5, 2012

New Rule Continues Medicaid Burden on Independent Pharmacists

A recent decision by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists upset again

Back in January, it was a group of pharmacists who blew the door off the hinges when it comes to problems with Kentucky'’s Medicaid managed care system.

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Politics
12:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Outside Republican Group Makes Last Minute Ad Buy to Help Kentucky GOP

As the Nov. 6 election fast approaches, an outside Republican group is dropping a six figure ad buy to help the GOP in state legislative races.

The Republican State Leadership Committee is running television and radio ads in Louisville and western Kentucky and sending political mail to another 10 or so House races across the state.

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