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After weeks of saying that a proposal to fix retirement benefits for state workers was likely dead, on Thursday Republican leaders of the Kentucky legislature quickly passed a bill overhauling the state’s pension systems. The legislation, which does little to address the state’s pension debt, was attached to an unrelated bill dealing with governance of sewage districts.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell admits there is a debate within the Republican party over President Donald Trump's call for tariffs. Speaking before the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, McConnell says personally he falls squarely on the side of fair trade.

After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, students across the country have raised their voices to protest gun violence: "Enough is enough." "Never again." "Not one more."

For Lela Free, a freshman in Marshall County, Ky., another phrase comes to mind.

"We should have been the last," she says.

Just weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a student armed with a handgun entered Marshall County High School in Kentucky. He killed two students, and injured 18 others.

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A sweeping bill that would overhaul Kentucky’s foster care and adoption system is nearing final passage in the state legislature.

Kentucky lawmakers are still working on revisions to a massive bill that would overhaul the state's pension systems. But a statehouse sexual harassment scandal is slowing down the process.

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Kentucky's governor is taking on critics of his plan to overhaul the state pension system.

Why Is Kentucky A Commonwealth?

Jul 21, 2017
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Why is Kentucky a Commonwealth, but just about every other state in the U.S. is simply called a state? What's the difference?

It's all about style and history.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about President Trump's Elections Integrity Commission and its demand that all 50 states turn over personal information on voters. 

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A study is underway in Kentucky surveying the state's aerospace industry and determining the direction for the future. The state is No. 2 in the nation in aerospace exports, behind only the State of Washington.

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Kentucky is seeing dynamic growth in its aerospace industry. Recent preliminary figures show the Commonwealth has moved into the number two spot in aerospace exports in the United States. 

We Review This Week's Top Stories In Kentucky

Feb 17, 2017
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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we review and discuss the people, stories and events that are affecting the Tri-state. 

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Next week is Canada Week in Kentucky

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Campbell County is joining more than 80 Kentucky counties banning outdoor burning. The move is in response to a drought and wildfires burning in seven eastern Kentucky counties.

Our Weekly Look At The Top Local Stories

Oct 28, 2016
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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we present an in-depth look at the developments behind the headlines. 

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The final exhibit curated by Cincinnati Art Museum’s Curator of Photography Brian Sholis before his move to Toronto is the first major museum survey of the Lexington Camera Club’s artistic achievements. 

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Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet is preparing to submit its application for another deadline extension on meeting the federal Real ID act. Without an extension or change to state law, beginning Jan. 22, 2018, Kentuckians won't be able to use just their driver's licenses as identification when flying domestically.

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Kentucky is making a new push to land professional boxing and wrestling events. Chairman of the reorganized Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chad Miller says he'd like to land a big event as early as this fall.

"I am an eternal optimist so I try to go big anytime I do anything."

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Saturday's Kentucky GOP presidential caucus, which gave Donald Trump a modest victory and gave a major headache to voters stuck in traffic and long lines at the polling places. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Friday morning with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about Saturday's Kentucky Republican presidential caucus and how it will work. 

If you need to locate your polling place for the caucus, you can find it at the Kentucky Republican Party's website. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the role Ohio and Kentucky are likely to play in the selection of Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.

Kentucky voters head to the polls next Tuesday to choose the commonwealth'’s next governor: businessman and Republican Matt Bevin, or Democrat and current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

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Legalizing marijuana in Ohio. A new governor in Kentucky. A fiercely debated park levy in Cincinnati. And literally hundreds of other candidate races and ballot issues.

All are to be decided Nov. 3, in an “off-year” election.

Meet Kentucky's Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon

Aug 28, 2015
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Barbara Gray talks with the 2015-16 Poet Laureate for Kentucky, George Ella Lyon, about what the poet laureate does and her goals for her year.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about where things stand with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination and the Kentucky GOP creating a presidential caucus so GOP presidential contender Rand Paul can be on the primary ballot as a candidate for re-election to the Senate next year. 

August has not been kind to Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and one of 17 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

In fact, August has been downright rude to Paul.

Not much has gone right for Paul lately.

Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

Aug 3, 2015
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For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.

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U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky says he will rule no earlier than the week of August 11, 2015 in a case involving whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite her religious beliefs.

Since its discovery in 1739, Big Bone Lick in Boone County has drawn the attention of naturalists and paleontologists from around the world. The first organized paleontological excavation in North America was conducted there in 1807.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the divisions among Kentucky Republicans; and how gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin can mend fences for the fall campaign. 

WVXU politics reporters Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about tomorrow's GOP gubernatorial primary in Kentucky, which appears to be too close to call.

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