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Old State Capitol closing for renovations

Jun 22, 2012

The Old State Capitol in Frankfort will close next month for renovations. The Kentucky Division of Historic Properties is repairing all the windows in the building, restoring the sashes and installing new interior storm windows with ultra violet filters. 

Afternoon Round-Up 4/18/12

Apr 18, 2012
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Today on NPR:  How That Tupac Hologram At Coachella Worked

Tennessee:

Governor Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

Road Plan Approved

Apr 12, 2012

Kentucky House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a massive road construction plan. Senate Democratic Floor Leader R.J. Palmer says lawmakers reached the agreement around 2AM today which is the final day of this year's legislative session. Legislators were scheduled to vote on the plan this afternoon. The plan includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years and more than $10 million worth over the next 6 years.

This week, Kentucky’s legislature did something it hasn’t done in quite some time. That’s agreeing to a state budget without the need of a special session.   Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort. 

Afternoon Round-Up 3/30/12

Mar 30, 2012
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Today on NPR: The Economic Impact Of Killing 'Pink Slime'

Frankfort:

The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan.

Frankfort Participates in Earth Hour

Mar 30, 2012
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The Kentucky state capitol will turn off unnecessary lights tomorrow night as part of International Earth Hour. This is the fourth consecutive year the capitol has participated in the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Federation. Officials say this is part a comprehensive plan to reduce energy consumption in state buildings by 15% in the next three years and 25% by 2025.

You hear Kenny’s reports daily on WKMS Newscasts. This week, Kentucky’s Senate passed their budget proposals for state government, approved a measure supporting Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and decisively put an end to pensions for Confederate veterans.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort.

 

 

Kentucky high school students will compete this week in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest in Frankfort. Champions from 21 high schools across Kentucky will participate in the state finals Wednesday at the Capital Plaza Hotel. The contest was launched in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The Kentucky Arts Council says it helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. The state winner receives $200 and a trip to Washington for national finals.

Supporters of legislation to restore voting rights to felons say the offenders have paid their debt to society and should have full suffrage granted automatically.

House Bill 70 is a constitutional amendment that would allow for that restoration, which is currently banned.

The House has already advanced the measure, but like in years past, the bill seems dead on arrival in the state Senate.

That didn't stop members of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and other groups to rally loudly for an hour in the Capitol Rotunda in support of their bill Thursday.

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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.

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