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8:04 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Beshear Calls McConnell Recording 'Deplorable,' Criticizes McConnell's Remarks

Gov. Steve Beshear is criticizing the secret recording of a campaign meeting of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell that was leaked. 

Two members of Progress Kentucky, Shawn Reilly and Curt Morrison, have been implicated by a Jefferson County Democratic official as being behind who secretly recorded the McConnell meeting.

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Politics
8:16 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Ashley Judd Purchased House in Kentucky

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Actress Ashley Judd purchased a house in the northeastern Kentucky when she was considering running for U.S. Senate.

Boyd County Property Valuation Administrator Chuck Adkins says Judd paid $120,000 for the house that once belonged to her father, Michael Charles Ciminella. The deal was finalized in March, about a week before Judd announced her decision not to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

To run for Senate, Judd, a resident of Tennessee, would have had to establish a residence in Kentucky.

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Politics
8:16 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Senators Introduce Bill to Preserve Tailwater Fishing

Senators from Kentucky and Tennessee have introduced legislation to preserve tailwater fishing in the dams of the Cumberland River. The legislation, called the Freedom to Fish Act, would prevent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from installing barriers along portions of the river that would block fishing access to tailwaters.

Dams are popular fishing spots because small fish get trapped and attract larger ones like catfish and bass. Corp officials say boating too close to the spillways at the dams is a safety risk and that barriers will go up this year. Anglers in both states have been voicing outrage over the plan.

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Politics
9:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Universities Push Senators on Immigration

The presidents of Kentucky's public universities have signed a letter urging the state's U.S. senators to help overhaul the immigration system.

The letter, sent to Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, says American universities educate some of the world's top international students only to see some of them leave under current U.S. immigration policies and work for competing companies abroad.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Liberal Group Airs Second Ad Attacking McConnell

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A Washington-based group has started airing its second TV ad in Kentucky criticizing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on his pro-gun record.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began airing the spot Monday, saying it spent $100,000 on both ads. The newest ad focuses on Gary Nutt, a Cub Run resident and gun owner who supports a reinstatement of a ban on military-style weapons. Nutt criticizes McConnell's support from the gun lobby and for "blocking reform" and asks who’s side the senator is on.

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Politics
5:16 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Hemp Gaining Momentum in General Assembly

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Support for industrial hemp is growing in Kentucky behind the efforts of Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. With last week's endorsement from U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, Comer now has the majority of the state’s federal delegation behind him.

Both senators and half of the state's congressmen have publicly endorsed legalizing industrial hemp. They say Kentucky is well-suited to be a leader in growing hemp for fiber and oil. But the push does have its opponents.

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Connecticut Shootings
4:17 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker Comments on Connecticut Shootings

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Kentucky's Senior U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell commented today on the shootings that killed more than 20 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Environment
7:44 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Beshear Urges Leaders to Release Water from Missouri River

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to sponsor and pass legislation that would force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from the Missouri River to raise levels on the Mississippi.  Drought conditions there could soon halt barge traffic. Beshear sent a letter to McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul Wednesday asking them to take action quickly. If the Mississippi continues to drop there could be negative economic consequences.

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Politics
5:54 am
Mon December 10, 2012

McConnell: Tea Party Has Been a 'Good Movement' for Republican Party

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell says the Tea Party has been good for the Republican Party. Critics of the Tea Party blame it for costing the GOP the majority in the U.S. Senate the past four years, citing high-profile losses in Delaware, Nevada and Indiana.

Last week, the leader of the Tea Party in the Senate, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, announced he was leaving to lead a think tank. But McConnell says the Tea Party has done something important for the GOP -- it's energized the party.

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Politics
7:12 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Beshear Rules Himself Out As McConnell Challenger

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ruled himself out as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. Beshear says he has no interest in running against McConnell but he expects a credible Democratic challenger will step forward.

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