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3:10 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Federal Judges Weigh Their Role After Special Session Called To Handle Redistricting

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A three-judge panel conducted the first hearing on a pair of lawsuits involving legislative redistricting Friday. The panel’s decision will set the course for future judicial involvement in redrawing district lines. 

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10:43 am
Fri June 21, 2013

McConnell Says Obama Is Conducting A 'War On Free Speech'

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Republican leader, who last year accused the Obama administration of Nixon-style dirty tricks, said Friday that the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups is part of a broader government assault on free speech.

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10:18 am
Fri June 21, 2013

U-S Attorney Recused From McConnell Taping Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The top federal prosecutor in Louisville has been recused from an ongoing investigation into the secret taping of a private campaign recording between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his aides earlier this year.

U.S. Attorney David Hale says was recused from the case by the Justice Department after his name had been mentioned publicly as a possible federal judicial nominee. McConnell has a vote on judicial nominations.

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10:13 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Valley View Ferry Reducing Hours

The Valley View Ferry takes an average of 350 vehicles a day over the Kentucky River.
Credit lexingtonky.gov

RICHMOND, Ky.-- A ferry in central Kentucky plans to stop weekend service and reduce hours on weekdays due to a shortage of qualified captains.

The Richmond Register reports the reduced hours for the Valley View Ferry will begin on June 29. The ferry travels between Madison, Fayette and Jessamine counties.

The announcement was made Thursday by Valley View Ferry Authority officials Roger Barger and George Dean. They said one of the ferry's two captains is leaving on June 29.

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3:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Students, Staff Back Collins For Top Campus Job

GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Former Kentucky Gov. Martha Layne Collins is drawing support in the search for a new president of Georgetown College in central Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the support is coming from faculty, students and alumni of the liberal arts school.

A Facebook page is advocating Collins in the school's search for a successor to William Crouch Jr., who is retiring.

The 76-year-old Collins says no one from the school's presidential search committee has contacted her.

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5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Rep. Yarmuth To Seek Reelection

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The only Democrat left in Kentucky's congressional delegation says he will run for re-election next year.

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10:24 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Ky. National Guard To Expand Aviation Center

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A plan to relocate and expand hangar space to house Kentucky National Guard helicopters is meeting some resistance from neighbors.

The State Journal reports the Boone National Guard Center plans to move its Army Aviation Support Facility closer to the Capital City Airport runway and triple its size from about 39,000 square feet to about 120,000 square feet.

Guard spokesman David Altom says the project will begin in July and take about 18 months to finish.

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10:19 am
Sun June 16, 2013

McConnell Takes Political Potshots At Obama In Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took political potshots Saturday at President Barack Obama, saying his expertise at "the blame game" allowed him to win re-election to a second term even though he did a "very poor job" in the first.

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10:21 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Stumbo Will Work To Replace Coal Severance Funds

LEXINGTON, Ky.-- House speaker Greg Stumbo says he intends to see that $2.5 million in coal severance tax funds being used to help pay for renovations at Rupp Arena is replaced.

Stumbo told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Thursday that the funding could be replaced when bonds are issued for renovating the facility, "making it more of a loan than a grant."

Officials in Appalachian counties complained about lawmakers' decision to use coal severance taxes for the project.

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10:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Around 300 At U of L Will Accept Buyouts

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- University of Louisville President James Ramsey says around 300 people have indicated they will accept a buyout plan offered in February.

Ramsey told The Courier-Journal on Thursday he expects savings from the buyouts to be more than the goal of $2.75 million. The buyouts were offered as a way to reduce salary costs amid state budget cuts and tuition and fee increases, and U of L said it hoped at least 200 employees would accept the offer.

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