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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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.

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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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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A new program may increase access to hearing aids for Kentuckians with hearing impairments. The Kentucky Assistive Technology Service, or KATS, Network is accepting hearing aids of any age or condition through its Statewide Hearing Aid Assistance and Reuse Program known as SHARP.


Tennessee and Kentucky are two of the toughest states to live in, according to findings from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Kentucky, Tennessee Rank Among Unhappiest States

Sep 24, 2014

A new study finds Kentucky and Tennessee as two of the unhappiest states in the country.

Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce President Lee Lingo is in Washington DC this week, meeting with a 140 participant U.S. Chamber of Commerce committee appointed to meet twice a year to discuss the nation's infrastructure issues. Kate Lochte learns more about these issues on Sounds Good, in a conversation with Lingo, how it can affect our roads, waterways and airways.

The Commonwealth is seeing gains and losses in its race to reach top tier national status in key areas of education. In 2008, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence challenged the state to reach the top 20 by the year 2020.

The committee Wednesday released an update on the state's progress. According to the report, Kentucky is on track to meet the goal in areas like fourth and eighth grade reading, teacher salaries, and Advanced Placement credits. However, the state has lost ground in areas including eighth grade math and the share of higher education costs to families.

Prichard Committee Director Stu Silberman says it's well past time to act on tax reform and put more state resources into education. 

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As candidates to become Kentucky’s next governor scramble to pledge allegiance to the coal industry, there’s one question they’re not addressing: Does burning coal contribute to climate change?

None of the three announced candidates for governor—former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, both Republicans; nor Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway—have offered a statement one way or another about whether they agree with the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels like coal makes the planet warmer and destabilizing the climate.