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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2012 General Assembly
7:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Lawmakers Reach Education Compromise

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn’'t currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.

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2012 General Assembly
4:00 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

House Unveils Its Changes to Two-Year Budget

House Budget Committee Chair Rick Rand, D-Bedford (left), confers with House Majority Whip Tommy Thompson, D-Owensboro (right), and House Majority Caucus Chair Robert Damron, D-Nicholasville, prior to the start of the day's legislative session in the Kent
LRC Public Information

The House committee charged with overseeing the budget has taken its first official steps in the process.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee took reports from subcommittees and accepted their recommendations at a meeting today.

The House plan deviates slightly from Governor Steve Beshear's proposal. It delays the start of substance abuse programs in Medicaid and the creation of an Adult Abuse registry, saving more than two million dollars in the process.

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2012 General Assembly
2:24 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Lawmaker Pushes Middle School Athletics Association

One Central Kentucky lawmaker is spearheading an effort to create a middle school athletic association in Kentucky.

State representative Bob Damron is the sponsor of House Concurrent Resolution 155, which holds the force of law if passed.

The resolution would require the Legislative Research Commission to start a task force on middle school athletics. Damron says a new athletic association is needed so as to not add pressure to already-established entities, like the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

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Alcohol Training
12:59 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Alcohol Training Support Bill Moving Forward

An effort to strengthen the training alcohol support specialists receive is moving through the General Assembly.

House Bill 335 is sponsored by state Representative Joni Jenkins. It would require drug and alcohol support to receive extra training to be licensed in that field.

Jenkins told a committee last week that the extra training hours would be the equivalent of doing coursework for a master’s degree.

Beshear Requests Aid
6:19 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Beshear Asks for Federal Disaster Relief for Tornado-Affected Areas

Storm damage in West Liberty, Kentucky.
Courier-Journal

Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.

The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.

Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren't yet known, he's confident the there's enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.

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Government
5:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Frankfort Update

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It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Lawmakers may have reached an agreement on regulating pseudoephedrine, Kentucky Amish might have a new option to a reflective triangle for their buggies and support is waning for University of Pikeville’s bid to become a public university. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett for some perspective on what’s happening in Frankfort.

Government
3:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

PSE Bill Passes State Senate

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug.

Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month- or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.

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Government
3:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

PSE compromise passes committee

A supposed compromise on a bill aimed at cracking down on meth production in Kentucky is once again making its way through the state Senate.

The bill passed committee quickly this morning. The bill's sponsor, Senator Robert Stivers, says the bill could be voted on the Senate floor as soon as this afternoon.

The compromise will allow pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth) to continue to be bought over the counter, but will limit consumers to only three point six grams, which is equivalent to one box of cold medicine, a month.

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House Passes Pair of Drug Bills
2:37 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

House Judiciary Passes Two Bills to Overhaul Drug Enforcement

The Kentucky House Judiciary Committee has overwhelmingly passed two bills to overhaul the state's fight against drugs.

One bill deals with synthetic drugs. It would ban the manufacture of any drug that simulates an illegal substance or that contains certain chemical compounds.

The second bill is an overhaul of the KASPER system, which monitors prescription drugs. The bill puts KASPER under the Attorney General's office and requires the board of medical licensure to crack down on reports that prescriptions are being over prescribed.

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2012 General Assembly
11:38 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Legislature Considers Interest Loan Bill

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A deal to help Kentucky repay a federal loan is officially on the table.

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