Kentucky

Marriage
10:13 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Same Sex Marriage: County Officials Mulling Future of Courthouse Weddings

The Christian County "Love Chapel"
Credit Allison Crawford

As Alabama becomes the most recent state to issue same sex marriages, some lawmakers there are decrying a federal judge’s decision to strike down the ban and the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. Kentucky, another largely conservative state, may receive a final decision on its gay marriage ban this summer. The impending decision has some public officials reexamining their role as marriage officiants.


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Politics
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford Dies, KY Lawmakers React

Wendell Ford, US Congress
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Update: Reactions from Kentucky lawmakers.

Longtime Kentucky politician Wendell Ford died Thursday morning, CN2 is reporting. A force in Kentucky Democratic politics, Ford was a U.S. senator from 1974 to 1999, where he was the Democratic whip for the latter part of his tenure. He was also Kentucky governor from 1971 to 1974.


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Government
7:05 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing KY's Heroin Problem

From Left to right. Jessica Tomlin-State Senator Chris McDaniel-Alex Elswick
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In a rare vote for the first week of a short legislative session, a Senate Judiciary committee has unanimously adopted a measure aimed at tackling Kentucky's heroin problems.  The bill calls for increased treatment in jails, tougher sentences for traffickers, and wider distribution of a drug designed to reverse the effects of an overdose. 

Jessica Tomlin lost a sister to heroin.  She says increased treatment is a priority.

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Culture
1:11 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Remarkable Kentuckians: The Sharpshooter That Broke the British in New Orleans

Ephraim Brank
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The War of 1812 was considered by many Kentuckians to be their war as control over the Mississippi River was at stake. This struggle culminated in the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815. At the peak of this decisive American victory is one man: a western Kentuckian named Ephraim Brank of Muhlenberg County. Historian James Claypool joins us on Sounds Good to tell us the story of the Kentucky sharpshooter that broke the British resolve and promoted their retreat.

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Business
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Kentucky Christmas Tree Farmers Face Challenges

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Kentucky Christmas tree growers can face a variety of challenges, both on the farm and in the marketplace. In addition to weather, weeds, and threats of disease, the state's soil is suitable for only certain types of Christmas trees.  Marla Jackson, Office Manager at Hutton and Lloyd Tree Farm says customers also tend to want taller trees.  "The larger tree, the eight to 10 to 12 foot is now pretty much, there's about as many people buying the larger trees as there are the small trees," said Jackson.

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Society
7:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Kentucky Rated Low for Shared Parenting

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A recent report finds Kentucky ranks nearly last among states for shared parenting standards after divorce. The National Parents Organization released a report card Thursday ranking states based on child custody statutes and employment of shared custody following divorce or separation.

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Government
6:36 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Kentuckians Rule in on Gay Marraige Ban

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A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage.  The ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati yesterday covered appeals from Kentucky as well as Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes the ruling reaffirms a political decision made by voters.

"Clearly Kentucky voter strongly to protect marriage and that's our right to do so,” Ostrander said. “This court agreed with that and they're the first circuit court to do so and we're very pleased."

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Government
6:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Judge Rules Polling Buffer 'Unconstitutional'

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Earlier this month, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled a state law that established a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places to be unconstitutional.  The ruling, however, won’t affect the November 4th election because an appeals court issued a stay while the Attorney General Jack Conway appeals the ruling.  Allison Martin is Communications Director for the AG’s office.

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Education
3:49 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

[Slideshow] 8 Historic Maps of the Four Rivers Region

A New Map of Kentucky with its Roads and Distances, 1846, S. Augustus Mitchell
Murray State Pogue Library Special Collections

For anyone interested in the history of people and places in the Four Rivers Region, Murray State University's Pogue Library is a treasure trove of valuable information. Searching through their special collections of maps, here are eight depicting the region in interesting ways: land not yet surveyed, towns that no longer exist, boundaries differently arranged. 

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Society
6:49 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Kentucky Ranks Near Bottom in Child Care Assistance for Low Income Families

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A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly.  Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.

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