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After a four-month search, the Kentucky Board of Education has named its five top candidates to succeed former commissioner Terry Holliday, who retires next week.

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The fatal on-air shooting of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a common topic of conversation among Kentucky political leaders the next morning.

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Honeywell’s Metropolis plant has resumed full operations after receiving the all-clear from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses while a lawsuit brought against her by four local couples makes its way through the appeal process.

Davis plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intercede in the case, but a legal observer says the clerk’s chances for prevailing in the case are narrow.

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  Outgoing Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear had a vision of bringing casino gambling into Kentucky to generate new revenue for state coffers, as he has often said. But the issue has never taken hold in the legislature.

A county judge has upheld Tennessee's method of execution by lethal injection. The ruling is the latest in the state's years-old death penalty fight.

Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman ruled the protocol was constitutional, saying a group of death row inmates and their attorneys failed to show that the use of a single injection of the drug pentobarbital, compounded especially for the state, violates the Eighth Amendment protection from cruel and unusual punishment.

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  Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling when the General Assembly convenes next year. 

Outgoing Governor Steve Beshear has pushed casinos as a way to generate revenue throughout his two terms in office. 

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As the Paducah riverfront hotel project picks up steam again, the city commissioners have approved two ordinances to advance the project. The board approved up to $12 million in Industrial Building Revenue Bonds and the lease of city-owned property at the rate of $1 per year for a 100-space hotel parking lot.

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  House Speaker Greg Stumbo will propose a constitutional amendment that would allow as many as seven casinos to open in Kentucky, with tax revenue from the businesses dedicated to public education, boosting the racing industry and shoring up the state’s ailing retirement system.

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The Kentucky County Clerks Association has proposed amending Kentucky law so that county clerks don’t have to sign marriage licenses.

The legislation is being crafted so that county clerks who oppose same-sex marriages would be exempted from signing off on them.  

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