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Sen. Thayer is at Royal Ascot, but remains focused on legalization of sports wagering in Kentucky

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, was enjoying the pageantry of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet in England this week, but his mind (or at least part of it) was on sports wagering in the Commonwealth. Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown (left), talks with the Television Games Network at Royal Ascot Thursday about the prospects for sports wagering in Kentucky....

Analysis: What determines a ‘public record’? The nature, purpose of document, not where it is kept

By Amye Bensenhaver Special to NKyTribune On January 15, Attorney General Andy Beshear moved closer to overruling a heavily criticized 2015 open records decision issued by his predecessor, Jack Conway, on his last day in office. In the 2015 decision, cited by Senator Damon Thayer in 2018 as the basis for his ill-fated proposal to exclude “emails, texts or calls on devices paid for entirely with...

New $35 million Interstate 75 interchange in Scott County now open to traffic

Motorists traveling on Interstate 75 in Scott County now have a new option to access a major connection point between the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) facility and Georgetown. The result also will alleviate congestion, spur economic development and improve access for the tens of thousands of travelers in the area daily. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas announced...

Senate panel answers call for telecom reform, sends ‘AT&T bill’ to full Senate for review

A bill to reform telecommunication regulations to reflect the declining use of landlines in favor of new technologies has passed the Senate Committee on State and Local Government.   Known as Senate Bill 3, the legislation would remove requirements that telephone companies offer basic landline service to everyone so the money used to maintain that old technology can be used to increase Internet...

Capitol Notes: Road Plan goes to Senate; Sunday sales at small wineries clears panel

Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, debates the state road spending plan on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives. (Photo from LRC Public Information)   Road Plan, Transportation budget head to Senate: The Kentucky House has voted to approve a two-year state Road Plan and nearly $5 billion to fund the plans projects and state Transportation Cabinet operations and needs over the next two years.   The...