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Funding for the makeover of Lexington's Rupp Arena could be a topic of conversation during the upcoming 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, so says Madison County Senator Jared Carpenter.

Efforts during the previous term to secure $80 million dollars in state funds for the Rupp project were unsuccessful.  Carpenter believes the matter could surface during the upcoming short session.

The annual Battle of the Bluegrass is tomorrow at the KFC Yum Center as the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals square off in men’s college basketball.

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It appears Kentucky lawmakers will not return to the state capital before January. 

State legislators barely made it home in April when there was talk of a possible special session on heroin-related legislation. The question of state funding for Rupp Arena was also mentioned as a special session topic.  

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget. All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

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The Kentucky Senate has approved its version of a two-year, $20 billion state budget.

The Senate voted  25 for, two against, and 11 pass votes on the budget Monday afternoon.

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Coal counties receive a portion of coal severance revenue but several county officials say they aren’t getting enough. Webster County Judge Executive Jim Townsend says the state takes too much of the severance money to fund projects that are not in western or eastern Kentucky.

“I understand you’ve got to make your books balance and that but it doesn’t need to be taken away from the counties that are producing the coal,” he says.