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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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Kentucky Considering Banning Most Child Marriages

Mar 6, 2018
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The Kentucky legislature is considering outlawing most child marriages in an effort to protect young girls from exploitation and abuse.

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Independent Producer Nadia Ramlagan kicks off her series of reports on the opioid crisis by spending a day at the Fayette County Health Department's weekly needle exchange.  The OA Chronicles can be heard exclusively on WUKY.

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A medical marijuana bill won its first hearing during the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly.

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Independent producer Nadia Ramlagan is on a mission to collect and tell stories from those caught up in the opioid epidemic.  The Maryland native recently moved to the Lexington area and discovered that Kentucky's second largest city has a long history when it comes to heroin and other opiates, starting with the establishment of the now defunct Narco Farm in 1935.  Nadia's reports, which we're dubbing The OA Chronicles - (OA - short for Opioid Addiction,) will soon air exclusively on WUKY.

Hearing Set For Kentucky Lawmakers Accused Of Harassment

Mar 5, 2018
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Four Republican lawmakers in Kentucky who signed a secret sexual harassment settlement last year are scheduled to participate in a hearing next month before a state ethics commission that could recommend they be removed from office.

The murder trial of Ronald Exantus is expected to start today. Jury selection is underway and should wrap up this morning.  Police say Exantus entered the Woodford County home of 6-year old Logan Tipton in December of 2015 and stabbed the boy while he and his family were asleep.

Lexington Has A New Chief Of Police

Mar 5, 2018
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Lexington’s new Police Chief Lawrence Weathers is sworn into office and begins his first day on the job Monday.

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This week on WUKY's Capital Chat Kentucky Gazette editor and publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock handicaps the prospects for a public pension overhaul, a state budget that includes House Republicans' cigarette tax hike and new taxes on opioids, plus the likelihood of a tax reform package in the final weeks of the legislative session.


Kentucky is ranked as the fifth least business friendly state in 24/7 Wall Street's annual Best and Worst States for Business report.  This week on the Business Side we talk to editor Doug McIntire to find out why.  The chief reason should come as no surprise.

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The Kentucky Senate's top Republican leader says a House-passed plan to tax prescription opioids and boost the tax on cigarettes faces difficult prospects in his chamber. One day after the revenue bill passed the GOP-led House, Senate President Robert Stivers said Friday it will be "very difficult" to pass it in the Senate.


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