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8:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

State Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case Today

The Kentucky Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a legislative redistricting case this morning.  A circuit court judge ruled last week the new districts are out of balance and need to be redrawn to comply with the "one person, one vote" mandate in federal law. Challenges were quickly taken to the Kentucky Court of Appeals and then to the state Supreme Court. Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes reported in the U.S. Census.

City Sticker Debate Continues
7:59 am
Fri February 24, 2012

MSU Students May be Required to Buy City Sticker

Murray city officials decided to delay a vote yesterday on whether to require students to purchase a city sticker. The city council read the latest version of the resolution, which gives Murray State students a 30 day grace period to buy the sticker. The grace period would be extended to anyone who moves into or begins working in Murray after the June 1 deadline. The sticker would cost a pro-rated amount of 36 dollars for students if purchased between August and May; not having one could incur a 100 dollar fine.

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Government
7:57 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Stivers Withdraws Pseudoephedrine Bill

A Senate bill that would have made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only has surprisingly been killed by its sponsor.

State Senator Robert Stivers withdrew Senate Bill 50 Thursday, to the objection of several of his colleagues.

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Government
7:52 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gambling Amendment Dies in Senate

Governor Steve Beshear’s expanded gambling amendment has failed in the state Senate.

The measure would have allowed for a public vote on whether to legalize casinos in the state. It fell seven votes short of the 23 it needed to move to the House. The shortfall was due largely to fractures in the Democratic caucus.

The bill’s primary sponsor, Republican Senator Damon Thayer, says he’s finished with the issue after nine years of working on it.

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Local Option Debate
3:48 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Groups Go Head to Head on Issue of Packaged Alcohol Sales

A group of Murray citizens is once again mounting a counter attack to a circulating petition to allow the sale of packaged alcohol in the city. “Keep it out of Murray” spokesman and Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Martin Severns says their petition is a response to the Grow Murray Campaign. Severns says the Keep it Out petition would give residents two choices.  He says,

“It will leave alcohol sales the way they are currently and that is for liquor by the drink or, if the city votes no on that, then it would do away with those alcohol sales.”

2012 General Assembly
11:42 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Animal Lovers Rally in Frankfort to Push New Cruelty Bill

Dog Rescued in Graves County
Animal Rescue Corp

Kentucky lawmakers were reminded today of a 96 dog rescue in western Kentucky.  The animals were retrieved in the community of Wingo through the efforts of Animal Rescue Corps.  Corps President Scotlund Haisley was at the state capitol for ‘Humane Lobby Day.’

 “We did 13 rescues last year large scale rescues and I’d say 90 percent of them were in the southern region,” said Haisley.

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The Bridge
10:26 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Time Frame Unclear for Kentucky Lake Ferry

Almost a month after a cargo ship collision brought down part of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, area residents are still waiting to see what will be done to restore the crossing.  State officials are considering a ferry service to move traffic across Kentucky Lake.

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Election 2012
4:27 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Paul on Vice Presidential Possibilities

Kentucky's junior senator says it would be an honor to be considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Senator Rand Paul first discussed his higher aspirations at the beginning of this year. He said he wouldn't close the door on being a Vice Presidential candidate. After a speech in Louisville today, Paul held that door firmly open, saying he wants to be part of the national debate.

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State Debt
4:23 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Lawmakers Promote Bill Capping State Debt

Kentucky lawmakers are once again ready to approve a bill capping the state's debt at six percent of revenues.

The issue has been in and out of committee multiple times this session. It started as a constitutional amendment, then changed to a regular bill. And state Senators have renamed the measure to show their commitment to it. It is now called Senate Bill 1.

Currently, Kentucky is just over the six percent debt-to-revenue ratio, and bill sponsor Joe Bowen says the bill is a safeguard.

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Expanded Gambling
3:04 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Gambling Amendment Passes Senate Committee

Governor Steve Beshear's constitutional amendment to legalize casinos in Kentucky has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill passed the Senate's State and Local Government committee 7-4 today.

The measure would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky. But the committee changed the bill, dropping language that requires five of the casinos to be at horse racing tracks. The measure still requires a 60-mile buffer zone between tracks and independent casinos.

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