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American Pharoah Wins 141st Kentucky Derby
Saturday, May 02, 2015 6:22 PM
American Pharoah has won the 141st Kentucky Derby before a record-setting crowd at Churchill Downs. Victor Espinoza was aboard for his second straight Derby win, and third overall. The 5-2 favorite was in contention at the top of the stretch Saturday and pulled clear at the finish for his fifth win in six starts. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert got his fourth Derby win, and also sent ...
Opinion: Right-to-Work ‘Research’ is Shaky
Sunday, May 03, 2015 12:00 AM
Social worker’s right-to-work ‘research’ is shaky By: Jim Waters Not only is there a real gap in economic growth between states with and without right-to-work policies, but the chasm between those who write papers from ivory towers and local leaders fighting in the trenches to bring jobs to their communities has never been wider. Take, for instance, a recent ...
New Rules Considered For Payday Loans
Thursday, April 30, 2015 6:36 AM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering new federal rules on payday loans, a development that could help Kentucky families caught in a financial bind. According to the Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending, more than six thousand borrowers in Kentucky each took out 30 or more loans last year. Critics of payday loans say they are debt traps, and are banking on ...
Local Counties Included in Disaster Declaration
Friday, May 01, 2015 5:00 AM
President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in parts of Kentucky affected by severe winter storms. The disaster declaration was signed Thursday, ordering federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by snowstorms, flooding, landslides and mudslides earlier this year. Western Kentucky counties included in the disaster declaration include Caldwell, ...
2 Trustees Call for Foundation Folding into U of L
Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:47 AM
Two trustees at the University of Louisville are calling for change at an independent foundation that manages the school's $1.1 billion endowment. The Courier-Journal reports Steve Wilson and Craig Greenberg said they think the University of Louisville Foundation should answer to the Board of Trustees to ensure transparency and allow for better coordination of compensation ...
Fish/Wildlife Decide Mussel Habitat Designations
Thursday, April 30, 2015 4:51 AM
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week is publishing the final rule for critical habitat designations for two freshwater mussels in Kentucky, Tennessee and 10 other states. The final version reduces designations from those proposed nearly three years ago. The agency says it includes a significant change to the proposal in Arkansas for the rabbits foot mussel, with the ...
Heiner Apologizes to Comer for Blogger's Claims
Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:01 PM
Republican candidate for governor Hal Heiner has apologized to fellow candidate James Comer after emails surfaced in a local newspaper linking a Heiner campaign associate with a blogger who has accused Comer of committing a crime while in college. In a statement, Heiner personally apologized to Comer but did not admit direct involvement. He called the rumors "un-Christian" and said they were the ...
Lobbyists Spend Big on Ads, with Mixed Results
Thursday, April 30, 2015 3:30 PM
Advertising might help get politicians elected, but it doesn't always work once they get in office. Kentucky lobbyists spent $752,000 on TV and other forms of advertising to support and oppose bills in the recently completed 30-day session, the first year they had to disclose such spending according to the Legislative Ethics Commission. But the top two spenders had little to show for ...
Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Headed for Mediation
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 3:55 AM
A sexual harassment lawsuit involving a former lawmaker is headed to mediation. The Courier-Journal reports attorneys for all sides have agreed to mediation in an effort to resolve the case. The lawsuit was filed by former state worker Yolanda Costner and current state employee Cassaundra Cooper, who at one time both worked for the Democratic ...
Judge Who Issued KY Gay Marriage Rulings Dies
Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:34 AM
The judge whose ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage led to an appeal heard this week in the U.S. Supreme Court has died. He was 66. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky issued a statement saying that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II died Wednesday at home after battling cancer for several years. Last year, Heyburn struck down Kentucky's ban on gay ...
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