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Stivers: Opioid Tax Won't Pass Kentucky Senate

The Kentucky Senate will reject a proposed first-in-the-nation tax on prescription opioids, with the chamber's top Republican leader saying the idea has too many legal problems for it to be in the foundation of a two-year state spending plan.

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This Sunday will be a historic day for the city of Frankfort.  Around one o’clock in the afternoon the Capital Plaza Tower will be reduced to rubble.  Dr. Doug Boyd, the director of the Nunn Center for Oral Histories in the UK Libraries has a personal interest in the event because he wrote about the community and people who were displaced to make room for the tower's construction in the 1960's.  Boyd, whom you might know from our ongoing series Saving Stories, is the author of Crawfish Bottom, Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community.

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Authorities say a student accidentally shot himself Friday morning at a high school in Kentucky. A statement from Fayette County Public Schools spokeswoman Lisa Deffendall says it happened at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington.

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College campuses in Kentucky would be subject to new free speech rules under legislation approved by a Senate committee Thursday.

Condolences, Tributes Pour In For Pearse Lyons

Mar 8, 2018
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When word spread of the death of Alltech founder Pearse Lyons condolences and tributes began pouring in from nearly every corner of the globe.

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Kentucky's attorney general has filed another lawsuit against a pharmaceutical distributor that he blames for the state's opioid addiction problems.

A statement from Alltech reads: It is with great sadness that Alltech announces the passing of its founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Lyons died on Thursday, March 8, due to an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery. He was 73.

Bill Cutting Teacher Benefits Advances In Kentucky

Mar 7, 2018
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A bill cutting benefits for retired public school teachers cleared a key hurdle in the Kentucky legislature on Wednesday over the loud protests from educators chanting: “Vote them out!”

A state Senate committee voted 7-4 to advance Senate bill 1. It’s the first step for the bill to become law. If approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, retired teachers would see their annual cost-of-living raises cut by 33 percent for the next 12 years or until the system is at least 90 percent funded.

Pence Touts GOP Tax Overhaul In Kentucky Visit

Mar 7, 2018
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Vice President Mike Pence has brought his boss's tough-on-trade theme to Kentucky bourbon country. Speaking at a Wednesday rally to promote the Republican tax overhaul, Pence said President Donald Trump's administration is cracking down on what it sees as unfair trade practices that hurt the U.S.

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Does reducing the use of cocaine, but not abstaining from the substance entirely, produce health benefits? Dr. Greg Davis talks with William Stoops, Ph.D., professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and director of regulatory knowledge and support for the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  UK has recently received a $2.9 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to find more answers.

Kentucky Governor Auctions Chance To Implode Building

Mar 6, 2018

Kentucky's Republican governor is auctioning off the chance to push the plunger to implode a 28-story government building, with all proceeds benefiting a charity for foster children started by his wife.


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