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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.

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.

Farm bill a priority when Congress returns


With the holiday over and the elections in the rearview mirror, lawmakers in the nation’s capital are getting back to work. A central Illinois congressman says one thing we can expect soon is a farm bill.

Lobbyists attempting to repeal corporate tax measure


Since the end of the 2018 legislative session, there has been an ongoing effort by large, multistate corporations to repeal “combined reporting" for taxes, one of the few loopholes actually closed by the revenue bill.

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.

Higdon steps aside as Senate president pro tem


Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will no longer be president pro tem when the Kentucky Senate reconvenes in January.

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.

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.

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

School safety bill, job creation top priorities for Ky. Senate Republicans during 2019 General Assembly


Kentucky Senate Republicans held their annual planning retreat, and listed some of their priorities for the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly.

Two Central Kentucky state senators lose committee chairmanships


Two veteran Kentucky Republican senators — Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington and Tom Buford of Nicholasville — have lost their committee chairmanships.

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.