Monthly Archives: February 2019

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful government shutdown, but a new confrontation was ignited — this time over President Donald Trump’s plan to bypass lawmakers and declare a national emergency to siphon billions from other federal coffers for his wall on the Mexican boundary.…more »

Senate advances fetal heartbeat bill

Senate advances fetal heartbeat bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A bill outlawing abortions in Kentucky as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected is halfway to becoming law. The measure passed the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee on Thursday morning by a 10-2 vote Thursday morning, then was approved by the full Senate 31-6 later in the…more »

TVA to close Kentucky coal-fired power plant, despite Trump’s plea

TVA to close Kentucky coal-fired power plant, despite Trump’s plea

Frankfort, Ky. — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to retire the remaining coal-fired unit by December 2020 at…more »

Schumer recruits famed fighter pilot to challenge McConnell in 2020

Schumer recruits famed fighter pilot to challenge McConnell in 2020

Chuck Schumer is actively recruiting a high-profile fighter pilot to take on Mitch McConnell in 2020 — a calculated act of aggression against a leading Republican foe. Schumer met with Amy McGrath, a Marine veteran-turned 2018 congressional candidate, at Democratic Party headquarters last month to pitch her on running against McConnell. McGrath listened and didn’t…more »

Gov. Matt Bevin outlines support for medical marijuana

Gov. Matt Bevin outlines support for medical marijuana

STANFORD, Ky. — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on marijuana during the two-hour community event, the Republican governor said he would…more »

Legislative session may start gaining steam soon

Legislative session may start gaining steam soon

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Tuesday marked day 10 of the 30-day legislative session. Thus far, no legislation has cleared both chambers, but House Speaker David Osborne, R-Prospect, expects the pace to pick up soon. Removing the six percent sales tax on admission for events held by non-profits is the subject of several bills that have…more »

Kafoglis remembered as being in politics ‘for right reasons’

Kafoglis remembered as being in politics ‘for right reasons’

The man who succeeded Nicholas Z. “Nick” Kafoglis in the Kentucky House of Representatives said Monday that Kafoglis was in public service “for the right reasons.” Jody Richards, who retired in December after 43 years in the House, talked about his friendship and professional relationship with Kafoglis, a longtime Bowling Green physician who died Saturday…more »

Ocasio-Cortez adviser admits he falsely claimed Green New Deal didn’t promise security for those ‘unwilling’ to work’

Ocasio-Cortez adviser admits he falsely claimed Green New Deal didn’t promise security for those ‘unwilling’ to work’

A top adviser to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that an official “Green New Deal” document posted by Ocasio-Cortez’s office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those “unwilling to work” — but not before he went viral in progressive circles for claiming the exact opposite, repeatedly, in an interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson…more »

WKU retention aided by policy change

WKU retention aided by policy change

Western Kentucky University has been touting recent gains in retaining students through efforts like streamlining advising and retooling financial aid. But some of the increased retention stems from a change related to allowing students who are overdue on university bills to register for classes. Last semester, WKU largely dropped a policy that kept students from…more »

Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’

Tax code changes leave Americans asking, ‘What happened to my refund?’

With filing season officially under way, a growing number of taxpayers are realizing that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act might be a double-edged sword. The White House said in October 2017 that the average family “would get a $4,000 raise” when it was pushing for passage of the law. Now that the new filing…more »

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