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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ALEC has Little Influence in KY Legislation
4:42 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

State Co-Chair says ALEC bills Don't Go Far In Kentucky

A controversial national legislative group may not have the same pull in Kentucky as it does in other states.

For weeks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been under fire for its work pushing model state laws. The group has been linked to "stand your ground" gun laws, which have been in the news since the shooting death of a Florida teenager in February.

Many of ALEC's corporate members, including Kentucky-based Yum Brands, have ended their association with the group.

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Capitol Bureau
3:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Court of Appeals Has Six Months To Rule on Legality of Instant Racing

A decision is expected within six weeks over whether Instant Racing is legal in Kentucky. The state’s Court of Appeals heard arguments in the case today.

Instant Racing is a slots-like game that Kentucky racetracks hope to use to boost race purses. But the Family Foundation of Kentucky says the game isn’t pari-mutuel betting like horse racing, but instead is closer to a slot machine.

Foundation executive director Kent Ostrander says based on questions from the appeals judge, he believes the case will go back to square one.

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Politics
10:03 am
Wed April 25, 2012

New Documents Shed Light on SuperPAC Role in 4th Congressional District Race

Newly-released documents show that a Northern Kentucky businessman is the  primary donor and a significant fundraiser for a super PAC that's involved in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District race. But super PAC officials say the man has no official role with the group.

Richard Knock of Union is a frequent Republican donor and he supports Thomas Massie in the seven-way GOP primary for the Fourth District Seat.

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2012 General Assembly
3:34 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Signs Pill Mill Bill

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear signed the Pill Mill Bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes can always be made later.

“And I would have obviously preferred something stronger, but it is a step in the right direction and if it doesn’t work we can always come back and do something to amend it later,” Stumbo says.

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2012 General Assembly
8:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Lawmakers Wrap Up in Frankfort

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After spending 65 days in Frankfort, Kentucky lawmakers can once again point to strong new drug laws as their signature achievements.

The General Assembly passed bills cracking down on synthetic drugs, prescription abuse and meth production.

But many other areas, including education, are more of a mixed bag. Lawmakers didn't approve charter school legislation, but they did pass an alternative bill that creates charter-like districts of innovation. And while separate bills raising the dropout age to 18 failed, legislation on career and technical education curriculum passed.

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2012 General Assembly
3:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Pill Bill Could Be Delayed Again

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A bill aimed at cracking down on prescription pill abuse could be stalled once again in the Kentucky Senate.

Senate leaders say they are still reviewing the bill, which would enhance the KASPER tracking system and make it part of the Attorney General's office.

The chamber is taking an extra day to look over the bill and has scheduled a committee meeting for tomorrow, what was supposed to be the last day of the special session.

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Government
3:34 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Beshear Signs the Six Year Road Plan

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Governor Steve Beshear signed the six-year road plan on Wednesday, but line-item vetoed projects in a two-year plan only in Senate President David Williams' district.

According to the governor's office, the vetoes in the shorter plan were necessary because Williams moved his projects to the front of the line. The changes to the legislation cut $49.7 million worth of projects in Williams's district and restore the funding to its original levels.

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
12:59 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

House Approves Road Plan, Pill Bill

The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed both bills on its agenda for this year’s special session.

House lawmakers approved both the road plan funding bill and a measure to crack down on prescription pill abuse today by wide margins.

The more contentious of the two bills was the prescription pill legislation. The House and Senate reached a compromise at the end of the regular session, but the House chose to introduce the original and tougher form for the special session.

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Kentucky General Assembly 2012
3:12 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

For Some, Changes to "Pill Bill" Hard to Swallow

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A change to the so-called pill bill in Frankfort has restarted the fight over the measure in the General Assembly.

Prescription abuse is rampant in Kentucky, and the bill strengthens restrictions on the drugs and who can sell them. The measure didn't clear the General Assembly during this year's regular session, and lawmakers have been called in for a special session to reconsider the legislation.

The House has decided to return the bill to its original form and ignore the last-minute compromise that was left on the table at the end of the regular session.

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2012 General Assembly
7:15 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Special Legislative Session: Day 1

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Kentucky Senate President David Williams is renewing his call for Governor Steve Beshear to act quickly on an unfunded road plan that cleared the legislature last week.

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