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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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Second Successful VP Debate Has State Officials Hoping for Presidential Debate Next Time

With the dust settled on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, state officials are praising the work of the school and its surrounding community.

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Politics
1:35 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Northern Kentucky PAC Looks to Expand Influence to State Races

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A Republican super PAC that helped influence the 4th Congressional District primary earlier this year is looking to expand its scope. Americans for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity was founded by a group of Northern Kentucky businessmen. It also goes by the name Ameri-GOP. The PAC helped Thomas Massie win his congressional primary.

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Politics
9:12 am
Tue October 9, 2012

State GOP Turning to Young Activists To Help With State House Races

With less than a month to go before Election Day, the GOP has turned to their College Republican and Young Republican chapters to help push them over the top.

James Young is vice-chair of the statewide Young Republicans group. And he says his members are fanning out statewide to become the de facto campaign staff in state House races.

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Government
4:11 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Juvenile Justice Commissioner Says Minor Offenses Shouldn't Lead to Incarceration

The state'’s leading authority on juvenile justice says he would like to see status offenders kept out of incarceration facilities.

A status offense is something a youth gets in legal trouble for, but an adult wouldn'’t. Common status offenses are running away from home or skipping school.

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Politics
7:16 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Rand Paul Promotes Compromise As GOP Senate Takeover Chances Dwindle

Whitney Jones

As Election Day nears, it’s becoming less clear who will hold the Senate majority next year. Earlier this year, most pundits were ready to hand over the keys to the U.S. Senate to Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell. But now, a GOP takeover looks less likely.

“I know there are four or five seats we think we can pick up, there are two or three we have to hang onto. We might lose one or two of the ones we have to hang onto, but then we might pick up three or four," says Senator Rand Paul.

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Politics
7:06 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Debt Focused Group to Inform Voters Before VP Debate

http://www.fixthedebt.org

A national nonpartisan group that encourages politicians to work together to address the country’s national debt plans to make its mark on this week’s vice presidential debate. The debate is being held Thursday in Danville, Kentucky at Centre College. And the Fix the Debt campaign plans to be active all week around the college, making the argument that the debt should be the main political issue right now.

Fix the Debt president Maya McGuineas says voters need to be immersed in the discussion, since the debt is a major issue facing Washington D.C. right now.

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Politics
2:31 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Paul Says GOP Should Tone Down Hawkishness on War

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Senator Rand Paul says his party needs to break away from its base when it comes to war.

In the past, politicians have had a tough time breaking from the base to change party opinion. Think Bill Clinton and welfare reforms.

But Rand Paul says Republicans need to take a similar step on war, and tone down the hawkishness of recent years.

“"Well one issue I'’ve sided with President Obama on is that I think the war in Afghanistan should end," says Paul. "There aren'’t many other Republicans saying that, but I think it is time to come home.”"

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Williams Interested in Judicial Appointment

Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams

A spokesman for Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Williams would consider a judicial appointment if Governor Steve Beshear offered the position. Williams and Beshear are bitter rivals. And rumors have been swirling in Frankfort that Beshear is planning to offer Williams an open circuit court seat in his southern Kentucky district. Williams is a trial lawyer by trade. And earlier this week, Kentucky Public Radio reported that Senate Republicans have already picked a successor should Williams leave.

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Health
1:53 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Health organization starts grant program to fight chronic diseases

A statewide health organization is planning a five-year, three million dollar grant program to help reduce chronic diseases in the Commonwealth.

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky wants to help up to ten communities fight the spread of chronic diseases in young people.

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Health
3:42 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Christian Healthcare Supporters Rally In Wake of Judge's Ruling

A judge’s order blocking a Christian health sharing group from doing business in Kentucky has rallied supporters.

This week, Judge Thomas Wingate ordered Christian Care Medishare to stop operating in the commonwealth immediately as part of an on-going legal battle between Medishare and the state.

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