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Senator Rand Paul reintroduces legislation that would ‘fix’ future government shutdowns

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Wednesday marked Day 26 of the partial government shutdown and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants to keep it from happening again. Paul reintroduced the Government Shutdown Prevention Act to incentivize Congress to properly consider and debate spending legislation. He was joined by other Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Joni Ernst of Iowa, in co-sponsoring the bill. Sen....

UK’s Ashton Hagans scores career-high 23 points as Cats top Georgia Bulldogs Tuesday night in Athens

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Ashton Hagans had a career night in a return to his home state. The Kentucky freshman guard scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Wildcats to a 69-49 win over Georgia Tuesday night in Athens. Hagans, Georgia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball last season, de-committed from the Bulldogs after a coaching change last spring and chose to sign...

Houdini, the I-65 goat, has new home at Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary; he will get rehab for broken leg

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (KT) – Houdini, perhaps the most famous goat in Kentucky history, has a new home. 
The large white goat, who was named Houdini because of his uncanny ability to avoid traffic and officials while wandering along a stretch of Interstate 65 for years, will spend his remaining days in Meade County. 
Houdini suffered a broken leg in a traffic mishap...

‘Deplorable’ defense in shocking loss to Pittsburgh, among other flaws, raise questions for Cardinals

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It’s always risky to read too much into either a win or a defeat by a college basketball team, but there are good losses and there are bad losses. And Louisville’s 89-86 overtime shocker at Pittsburgh Wednesday night definitely landed in the bad category — but not only because it came against one of the worst teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s...

Members of Pro-Life Caucus hold rally is support of four bills under consideration by General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Members of the General Assembly’s Pro-Life Caucus rallied at the State Capitol Rotunda on four bills that have been or will be introduced for consideration by the 2019 General Assembly. Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, who serves as chair of the caucus, said their purpose is simple: “We have dedicated ourselves to coordinating our efforts and to unifying in purpose to...

Proponents of medical marijuana legislation believe there is opportunity to get bill passed

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Persistent pro-marijuana lawmakers are again pushing long-shot legislation to legalize the drug for medical purposes, an issue that has been proposed and defeated repeatedly over the years in Kentucky. Two Republican state representatives, Diane St. Onge of Fort Wright and Jason Nemes of Louisville, introduced what they’ve dubbed the “Trust Your Doctor Bill” on Wednesday,...

General Assembly turns focus to comprehensive school safety bill introduced in Senate Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A comprehensive school safety bill was introduced Wednesday in the State Senate, which lawmakers have made the top priority of the General Assembly. Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, who chaired a 16-member House and Senate working group that travelled across the state to meet with all groups involved in the school safety issue over an eight-month period, is sponsor of the...

Kentucky overcomes loss to Alabama in SEC opener to topple Texas A&M Aggies at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It took Kentucky five minutes to get over its loss to Alabama. 
In the Wildcats’ first home game in nearly a month, visiting Texas A&M scored the first 10 points and raced out to a 12-2 lead before the Wildcats regrouped and settled into a rhythm to defeat the Aggies 85-74 Tuesday night. 
“We’ve got a lot of stuff we’ve got to get done, but it was a good...

Kentucky lawmakers have 170 bills waiting as General Assembly convenes in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky General Assembly convenes Tuesday at noon in their chambers at the State Capitol for a 30-legislative day session. While shoring up the state’s public pension systems, adjustments to last year’s tax reform legislation and school safety are among legislative leaders’ top priorities, around 170 bills have already been prepared for filing when the 2019 session...

Braidy Industries on schedule for mill construction, extends fundraising efforts by three months

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Braidy Industries says it has spent $15.7 million on construction so far and is on schedule to begin “full commercial operation in 2021.” 
The company also said in a status update this week that it extended fundraising deadline by three months to March 31 for potential investors. 
”Braidy Industries has had tremendous success on Netcapital, raising over...

Former House Speaker Greg Stumbo announces he will be a candidate for attorney general

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Former Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has become the first Democrat to declare himself a candidate for attorney general, a position he previously held before running unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor a decade ago. Stumbo made the announcement on Lexington’s WKYT-TV on Saturday. Greg Stumbo (LRC photo) Stumbo, who lost his re-election bid for state representative...

UofL’s ‘elite’ scorer Jordan Nwora is a challenge for UK Wildcats as the two teams collide on Saturday

There is no question that Louisville’s Jordan Nwora will be a primary focus of Kentucky’s defense when the two teams collide Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center. After all, he is U of L’s leading scorer by a long shot and a guy his coach has called an “elite” offensive player. 
But as dangerous as Nwora is with the basketball in his hands, the 6-foot-8 sophomore...

Gov. Bevin calls special legislative session to address Kentucky’s pension issue

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin has called a special session of the General Assembly beginning Monday night in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision that unanimously held the process used to pass Senate Bill 151, the wastewater bill turned into pension reform legislation, unconstitutional. During a Capitol press conference announcing the special session, Bevin said, “Our State...

Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson heats up from behind the arc to lead Wildcats to 88-61 win over Utah at Rupp

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today When Quade Green announced he was leaving earlier this week, Kentucky lost its top 3-point threat. Freshman Keldon Johnson picked up the slack. The Kentucky freshman guard scored 24 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, and No. 19 Kentucky beat Utah 88-61. “I had some great practices this week,” Johnson said. “I just wanted to take what I can do in...

Kentucky attorney general Andy Beshear touts opioid manufacturer lawsuits as part of successful year

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear pointed to his nine lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors, his efforts to combat human trafficking and utility rate hikes as evidence that 2018 has been a good year for his office. During an interview with reporters on Monday, Beshear said his office is the “most aggressive Attorney General’s in terms of suing opioid...

National Football League taking notice as Kentucky senior Josh Allen sets example for teammates

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Josh Allen’s decision to return for one last season is paying dividends and the Kentucky defensive end is earning praise from the National Football League for making the most of his senior campaign. “I was just talking to a couple pro scouts (last week) and they’re using him as a reference to other juniors across the country,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said....

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters announces retirement after 35 years on bench

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A 35-year career in the Kentucky judiciary system is coming to an end when Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. Venters retires in January. Venters was appointed to the high court by then-Governor Steve Beshear in 2008 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Justice Joseph Lambert, in the 3rd Supreme Court District, which includes 27 counties in southern and southeast...

Six-year-old Lilly Chitwood receives one Christmas gift she always wanted, a family of her own

By Roger Alford Kentucky Today Sure, six-year-old Lilly has the typical wish list for Christmas, including Barbie dolls and a dollhouse. But it was something much more meaningful that she longed for most: a family of her own. For the past three years, Lilly had been in foster care through Sunrise Children’s Services, a Kentucky Baptist organization that ministers to abused and neglected kids. Her...

Kentucky senior Josh Allen receives Chuck Bednarik Player of the Year award from Maxwell Football Club

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky senior linebacker and consensus Defensive Player of the Year in the Southeastern Conference added another top defensive honor on Thursday at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Allen was awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football by the Maxwell Football Club. Kentucky defensive players Derrick...

Boyd County jailer requests state remove 60 inmates from troubled detention center to alleviate pressure

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today In an effort to relieve overcrowding, 60 state inmates are being removed from a Kentucky jail that is reeling from two years of problems, including the death of two inmates in the last week. Boyd County Jailer William Hensley, who was elected to the position in November but took over a month early because of the resignation of the previous jailer, asked for the state...