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Former Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer has pleaded guilty to bribery charges in a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Longmeyer admitted to receiving nearly $200,000 in cash from a consulting firm in exchange for shepherding state business to the company over the course of 2014 and 2015.

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The Tennessee General Assembly has passed legislation that would allow Tennesseans to register to vote online.

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has launched an investigation into potential corruption under former Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration.

In a press conference Tuesday, Bevin alleged state employees were coerced into contributing to Democratic political campaigns, including those of Attorney General Andy Beshear and Bevin’s opponent in the governor’s race, former Attorney General Jack Conway.

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A bill that would have enacted transparency measures for Kentucky’s ailing pension systems failed to pass this legislative session, despite a last-minute push.

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A Tennessee transgender bathroom bill has failed after a sponsor pulled the measure until next year. 

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The just-concluded legislative session contains a major victory for Daviess County. The final budget agreement includes funding to create a Family Court. District and circuit judges currently handle family issues.

John Minton, Jr. has been advocating for the judgeship since becoming Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2008. He says the goal is to keep family cases before the same judge.

 

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The 2016 General Assembly achieved its main goal—passing a two year state budget—at the last minute of the session, but the legislature also passed well over 100 laws that have been signed by Gov. Matt Bevin so far.

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Today is the last day to register to vote ahead of the May primary in Kentucky, May 17. Online registration was launched more than a month ago at GoVoteKY.com

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Republicans in Kentucky's 2nd congressional district have chosen Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton as one of three delegates to the Republican National Convention. 

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Higher education will be cut by 4.5% under the two-year budget approved by the Kentucky state legislature Friday night. Performance-based funding will also be imposed on state colleges and universities starting in the 2018 fiscal year. Higher ed institutions will compete for 5% of state funding, which grows to 25% in 2020.

In a letter to faculty and staff, Murray State President Dr. Bob Davies shed insight into how the university is preparing for these cuts.

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