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7:58 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Rand Paul Says He's Not Worried About Growing Number Of Presidential Candidates

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  Presidential candidate and Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky made a stop in the Russell Neighborhood in West Louisville Monday.

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Government
4:30 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Decision Delayed in Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

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A preliminary hearing for the lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was held in Ashland Monday, but there was no ruling. Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, saying her religious convictions prevented her from doing so. 

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Government
4:25 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

While DOJ Probes Hiring in City Police Department, Bowling Green Mayor Casts Wider Net

Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 4:01 pm

The mayor of Bowling Green says he is going to look at the hiring practices of every department in the city.  The decision follows notification of a Department of Justice investigation into the police department. 

Mayor Bruce Wilkerson will meet with a federal investigator in August, and by then, he hopes to have in place in place to examine every city department.  While the probe will be across the board, he says the city will not lower its standards to hire more minorities.

"We're going to aggressively recruit in those areas, but we will look for people who, in the motto of the police department, 'We hire for character but we train for skill,''' Wilkerson told WKU Public Radio.

Mayor Wilkerson says he will also push for hiring an affirmative action employee for the city who will actively recruit minorities. 

The changes come as the Department of Justice looks into whether the city discriminates against African Americans with respect to employment opportunities in the police department. 

According to the DOJ, the city should have more black officers based on its population.

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Government
9:59 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Hearing Today in Lawsuit Against County Clerk Refusing to Issue Marriage Licenses

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A preliminary hearing for a lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will take place Monday at noon in Ashland. Davis is being sued by four Rowan County couples who were denied marriage licenses.

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Government
4:52 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Exceeding Expectations, Kentucky Has A $165.4 Million Budget Surplus

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says the revenue report means the commonwealth is moving in the right direction.
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  Exceeding expectations, Kentucky has a $165.4 million budget surplus and revenue into the state’s general fund rose for the fifth consecutive year. The surplus is primarily due to more money collected from income and sales taxes.

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Government
2:55 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Kentucky’s Democracy Could Use Some Work, Report Says

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  Kentucky could use a few policy changes when it comes to ensuring a healthy democracy for its residents. That’s what the left-leaning Center for American Progress found in a recent report entitled, “The Health of State Democracies.”

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Government
1:01 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

Kentucky Legislators Grill Cabinet Officials for Not Disclosing Fraud-Comitting WIC Vendors

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State officials won’t disclose the names or locations of Kentucky grocery stores accused of fraud in the Women, Infants and Children food assistance program.

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Government
12:55 pm
Fri July 10, 2015

DOT: 31 Percent of Kentucky's Bridges Are Structurally Deficient or Obsolete

The US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton
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As part of its efforts to get Congress to pass a long-term transportation bill, the U.S. Department of Transportation has released an “infrastructure snapshot” that paints a grim portrait of Kentucky’s roads and bridges.

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Government
3:07 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

County Clerk Defiant on Same-Sex Marriage Despite Meeting with Governor

Casey County Clerk Casey Davis emerges from Thursday's meeting with Gov. Steve Beshear.
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  Casey County Clerk Casey Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses since the Supreme Court last month struck down same-sex marriage bans throughout the U.S.

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Government
2:19 pm
Thu July 9, 2015

Some Kentucky Judge-Executives Refusing to Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

Kentucky County Judge Executive Association President John Settles

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 3:15 pm

In the weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, some county judge-executives in Kentucky have stopped presiding over marriages altogether rather than perform a same-sex wedding ceremony. 

John Settles, president of the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association, estimates about half of the state’s county leaders have turned away same-sex couples while the other half have not.

"One in particular said we all have sinned, even heterosexuals," Settles commented to WKU Public Radio.  "He figures that everyone he marries is a sinner anyway, and he can't discriminate between the sins."

As judge-executive of Washington County, Settles has performed about 350 marriages in his 16 years in office, but since the Supreme Court ruling, he has stopped the practice due to his religious beliefs. 

"I have a strong belief in the Bible as the word of God and I believe the Bible states that marriage is to be between one man and one woman," Settles states.  "It's my firm belief that that's the way it was intended to be from the very beginning."

While county clerks are bound by state law to issue marriage licenses, judge-executives are not required to perform marriage ceremonies.

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