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State government civics survey leaves many people stumped

Americans may need to brush up on their knowledge about state government, the results of a new survey suggests.

After lawmaker restored, reaction falls along party lines

Reaction to a Republican lawmaker in Kentucky regaining his leadership position after signing a sexual harassment settlement has fallen along party lines.

Lawmakers, business leaders urge McConnell to call for criminal justice reform vote

A bipartisan group of government and community leaders called on Senator McConnell to stop holding up a vote on a federal criminal justice reform bill.

Beshear donates $14,000 to atone for tainted contributions

AG Andy Beshear says he has donated more than $14,000 from his 2015 campaign to make up for tainted contributions orchestrated by his former chief deputy.

KY Youth Advocates release 2019 legislative agenda

Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth launched the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children's 2019 policy priorities.

Bevin to lead econ mission to India

The U.S. Department of Commerce has selected Gov. Matt Bevin to lead an economic development delegation to India in mid-January

Staffer who filed whistleblower suit fired after House Republicans elect new leaders

The KY House Republican Leadership fired a staffer who claims she was punished for reporting sexual harassment complaints against Republican legislators.

Lawsuit that alleges Wall Street duped Kentucky pension plan will proceed

The lawsuit alleging that Wall Street money managers caused Kentucky Retirement Systems to gamble on risky hedge fund investments will proceed.

U.S. Postal Service to suspend service for day of mourning

The Postal Service will suspend all regular mail delivery and retail services Wednesday to honor the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush.

Few Kentucky police agencies report what they take through asset forfeiture

Of 323 law enforcement agencies listed in statewide data, only 11 percent reported the details of their asset forfeiture seizures as required by law.

AFL-CIO President Londrigan to be honored at KY Alliance dinner

Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan will be presented with the Anne Braden Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner on Dec. 14.

Stop bulldozing homeless camps in freezing weather, councilman says

A Louisville Metro Council member wants the city to stop forcing homeless people to move during times of intense cold, and when there's no permanent solution for relocation.