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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear fulfilled another of his “week one” campaign promises on Thursday by signing an executive order to automatically restore voting rights to people with nonviolent felonies who have completed their sentences. He estimated the move would allow more than 140,000 people to vote.

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Cincinnati FOP President Dan Hils was a Republican candidate for Hamilton County commissioner for about a week before he abruptly ended his candidacy this Tuesday.

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Once upon a time, many years ago, I spent Christmas morning in the arraignment courtroom of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

No, wiseacres, I was not up on charges.

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The Kentucky Board of Education has forced out Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis as part of an overhaul in the administration of newly inaugurated Gov. Andy Beshear.

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Let's say you have been called to jury duty in your county courthouse and you dutifully attend each day until you are assigned to a jury pool in a criminal case.

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is answering lawmakers' questions about his report on the Russia investigation, which was released on Monday. Watch the hearing live starting at 10 a.m. ET. 

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On a frigid December day in the capital of Frankfort, Democrat Andy Beshear took the oath of office and announced he was on the verge of fulfilling several key campaign promises.

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If you lived for a time in a place known as "Pleasure Island,'' you might think that would be a pretty good place to hang your hat.

Well, I did. And it wasn't.

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Dayton, Ohio, is a city that is used to getting knocked flat on its back.

With a little more than a week until his inauguration, on Monday Gov.-elect Andy Beshear appointed five more officials to help run his incoming administration.

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In the wake of Kentucky's close gubernatorial race, state lawmakers are considering a constitutional amendment that would trigger an automatic vote recount in close elections.

Calling it “a time for all Kentuckians to come together on one team,” Gov.-elect Andy Beshear announced details of his December 10 inauguration.

In one of his last acts before leaving office, Governor Matt Bevin has pardoned a Kentucky man convicted of sexually abusing his young stepdaughter. The man is serving a life sentence stemming from the alleged crime 20 years ago.

Paul Donel Hurt was convicted in Jefferson County in 2001 of sodomizing and sexually abusing the girl, who was six at the time of the crime. 

“Hindsight is never truly 20\20, but it appears to me and to many others, including the judge who sentenced him, that Paul Donel Hurt has been wrongly convicted and imprisoned for nearly 20 years," Bevin wrote in his executive order.

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Everyone knows that the donkey is the mascot and symbol of the Democratic Party, and has been for some time.

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It's almost impossible to say if the Democratic presidential nomination will be sewed up by the time Ohio's primary election comes around on March 17. But, even if is, Democrats in Hamilton County will have plenty of contested local races to decide: a county commission battle between Alicia Reece and Connie Pillich; a hotly contested fight between Sheriff Jim Neil and one of his former top administrators, Charmain McGuffey; and a race between former judge Fanon Rucker and former federal prosecutor Gabe Davis for county prosecutor.

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For decades after that awful day of November 22, 1963 – and exactly two weeks from my 11th birthday – I had an overwhelmingly desire to see Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Because on that day, when I was a fifth grader at Cleveland Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio, a horrific event was taking place nearly 1,000 miles away in Dealey Plaza, in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas that would leave emotional scars on the hearts and minds of millions of children, traumatic memories that would last a lifetime.

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Reece courtesy of the Ohio Statehouse; Pillich of the candidate

There was a time when the leaders of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County had to crawl on their hands and knees and beg people to run for county offices.

Editor's Note:  This story was originally published on December 20, 2017

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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.

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Gov. Matt Bevin says that he looks forward to returning to the private sector once his term as governor ends on December 10.

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