Kentucky

Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover and two other Republican lawmakers have dropped their lawsuit against a former staffer who accused them of sexual harassment.

Hoover, Rep. Michael Meredith and former Rep. Jim DeCesare sued Marissa Espinosa, a former communications staffer for the Republican House Caucus, for allegedly disclosing details of a secret settlement dealing with the harassment allegations.

The lawmakers paid Espinosa $110,000 to avoid a lawsuit, and all parties signed a nondisclosure agreement.

 


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Twenty-one states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Now Kentucky is debating medicinal marijuana. Public support is growing in Kentucky and legislation made it out of a House committee in this year's General Assembly session. Now the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is hosting a public forum to answer questions on medical marijuana.

The Washington Opera House in Maysville, Kentucky, is hosting award-winning Russian concert pianist Dina Ivanova on Thursday, September 19th at 7pm.  This concert is part of the John W. McNeill Memorial Music Series.  Dina Ivanova is a winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition and will be performing works by Liszt, Rubinstein, Schubert, and Schumann during her performance.  

Democrats have been trying to pressure Mitch McConnell to take up election security measures that passed out of the House of Representatives earlier this year, but the Senate majority leader has shown little willingness to do so.

In his home state of Kentucky, McConnell has been dogged by protesters calling him "Moscow Mitch" — one of the few epithets he dislikes. A billboard in his hometown of Louisville now urges his constituents to "Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop Blocking Election Security Funding."

The day report cards go home in backpacks is an important moment for students, who will show their families just how well things are going at school. But in an era of school accountability, students aren’t the only ones who receive grades. The Kentucky Department of Education will soon release its annual report cards that score individual public schools. And this year’s school report cards will include a new feature — a final grade.

Well, it’s not exactly a grade, like in neighboring Indiana where schools get an A to F score just like their students. In Kentucky, schools will receive one to five stars. Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wayne Lewis said this will improve the state’s school report cards, which in the past have offered lots of data about schools, but no final score.


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Churchill Downs announced last week not only that it plans to construct a $200 million horse racing and gaming track somewhere in Northern Kentucky, but also that it seeks to take away the winter racing dates historically awarded to Turfway Park in Florence.

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Horses could be racing at a track named for Latonia again.

As Hurricane Dorian threatens the U.S. mainland, Kentucky is sending help to its neighbors to the south. 

The American Red Cross has sent more than two dozen volunteers to work in shelters, assisting those displaced from their homes with food and other needs.  Jennifer Capps is executive director of the American Red Cross of South Central Kentucky. 

“Monday night, more than 12,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters and community shelters in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, so we anticipate as the storm continues north, those numbers will grow," said Capps.


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The idea is to focus on connectivity, interoperability and resilience in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, according to a profile from the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge describing the US-27 Smart Connectivity Corridor project.

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For decades, The Point/ARC has assisted local individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. By connecting these individuals to educational, residential, social and vocational opportunities, The Point is helping them to reach their highest potential.

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Parents call on the Cincinnati Public Schools district to reform its bus system after a series of problems results in students not getting picked up, being dropped off at the wrong stops, and parents frantically trying to find their kids when they didn't come home on time. 

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A Kentucky education agency wants to find new ways to attract high school students to attend college.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, or CPE, is a government-funded agency that helps coordinate efforts with public universities and community colleges. CPE President Aaron Thompson is touring the state to hear from various stakeholders, including students.

Kentucky’s ailing pension funds might finally start getting healthier, according to estimates provided to lawmakers on Monday.

The pot of money used to send out retirement checks to most of Kentucky’s public workers — KERS non-hazardous — is currently among the worst-funded in the nation at 12.9 percent.

But Rich Robben, Executive Director of the Office of Investments for Kentucky Retirement Systems, says that after massive infusions of cash into the pension system by the legislature in recent years, that funding level might go up by 2 percentage points next year.


Kentucky has a complicated relationship with tobacco. At one time the plant was the biggest cash crop in the state. But that’s changed dramatically. Back in 1999, Kentucky farmers harvested 221,000 acres. Last year, the yield had plummeted to only 68,000 aces of tobacco.

For the Tribble family of Mercer County, this means a husband having to leave work as a full-time farmer for a public service job. But as WFPL’s Lisa Gillespie reports, Rhonda Tribble doesn’t want people to use tobacco products — but she wishes it wouldn’t go away altogether.


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Matt Bevin is talking about abortion non-stop in his re-election campaign. That’s a logical strategy in a state like Kentucky. But I’m skeptical that this approach will help him that much.

A Kentucky Democrat hoping to take Republican Mitch McConnell's U.S. Senate seat says the country needs stricter background checks for gun owners.

But Amy McGrath isn’t in favor of an assault weapons ban.

In comments made during an interview with WKU Public Radio, McGrath said if elected to the U.S. Senate, she’d push the chamber to take up measures she says are backed by both gunowners and those who don’t own firearms.


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Bellevue city council is considering the adoption of an ordinance to designate the entirety of Fairfield Avenue as an entertainment district.

The designation allows for the sale of alcoholic beverages within the common areas of the entertainment district, and also allows for patrons at one spot to leave, drink in hand, and walk outdoors with the drink.

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Covington's Mainstrasse Village has been home to the city's largest annual festivals for decades.

But last September, poor weather and a series of other troubles faced by the Mainstrasse Village Association, doomed the long-running festivals.

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Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana will no longer accept federal Title X funds to help pay for birth control and pap smears, leaving a $700,000 to $1 million gap in the organization's budget statewide. The nationwide reproductive health provider is voluntarily turning down the funds in protest of a Trump administration rule that bans funding grantees from making abortion referrals or counseling.

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The Newport city commission is set to approve roughly $45 million in bonds to support the Ovation project, its new music venue, and parking garage.

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