Local/Regional News

Kentucky Child Marriage Ban Headed To Governor's Desk

Mar 17, 2018
AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

A bill that would ban most child marriages in Kentucky is now headed to the governor's desk.  The state House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate bill 48 on Friday. It would ban any marriage in Kentucky if one of the parties is 16 or younger. Seventeen-year-olds can still get married, but they would need approval from a judge and their parents.

Stivers: Opioid Tax Won't Pass Kentucky Senate

Mar 17, 2018
AP File Photo

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.

Josh James / WUKY

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to the Bluegrass Thursday to meet with families of overdose victims. The country’s top lawyer said it’s time to toughen penalties for sellers of the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

The Latest: Pension Bill In Peril As Bevin Blasts Teachers

Mar 14, 2018
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

In a rare public rebuke, Kentucky's top House leader on Wednesday chastised fellow Republican Gov. Matt Bevin for criticizing teachers who have mobilized to oppose a plan to revamp one of the nation's worst-funded public pension plans.  Acting House Speaker David Osborne told reporters that the governor's remarks were "inappropriate" and "show a lack of understanding of the people who are impacting the lives of young people in our state."

Students Rally In Frankfort To Protest Gun Violence

Mar 14, 2018
Associated Press

Hundreds of Kentucky high school students, including survivors of a campus shooting this year, joined a nationwide gun violence protest Wednesday by rallying in frigid weather at the state Capitol.

AP Photo/Toby Talbot

A controversial measure affecting the rate utility companies must pay solar customers for their excess energy passed the Kentucky House Wednesday.

Bill Would Let Regulators Set Price For Excess Solar Power

Mar 14, 2018
Josh James

A bill moving through the Kentucky legislature would let state regulators decide how much money people with solar panels on their homes would be paid for the extra energy they generate.  A House committee approved an amended version of House Bill 227 on Tuesday.

Legislative Research Commission

A Republican state senator in Kentucky's legislature sponsored a bill this year she thought everyone would like: Make pharmacists tell patients how important it is to destroy unused prescription opioids.  The bill was supposed to come up for a vote Tuesday. But Friday, Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr told Republican leaders she would vote against a bill that would temporarily cut pension benefits for some retired teachers. By Tuesday morning, Kerr's pharmacy bill had been pulled from the schedule.

Bill Would Put Mental Health Workers In Kentucky Schools

Mar 14, 2018
Josh James / WUKY

After deadly school shooting rampages, including one in their own state, Kentucky lawmakers are considering whether to put mental health professionals in schools in hopes of easing stress in students' lives that could explode into violence.

Former UK Boad Chair Billy Joe Miles Dead At 78

Mar 14, 2018
AP File Photo

Former University of Kentucky board of trustees Chairman Billy Joe Miles has died. He was 78.  Rep. Regina Huff, R-Williamsburg, announced Miles' death at the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee meeting on Tuesday. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Miles' daughter, Suzanne, an Owensboro Republican lawmaker, left the meeting soon after it started.

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