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Ceremonial signing held in Frankfort for charter schools bill Video included

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Kentucky will be the 44th state with charter schools.

Judge in Hawaii blocks latest version of Trump's travel ban

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Hawaii argues the updated ban is a continuation of President Donald Trump's "promise to exclude Muslims from the United States."

Battle brewing in Kentucky over proposal to allow direct shipment of alcohol to customers Video included

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Rep. Phil Moffett of Louisville plans to file a direct shipment bill for the 2018 legislature.

Ky. Attorney General Andy Beshear joins legal fight against Trump's health insurance cuts Video included

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Beshear says the federal government's actions would cause health care rates to rise in Kentucky by 20-percent.

President Trump blasts Iran nuclear deal as 'one of the worst'

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He says that if Congress can't come up with new legislation, he will terminate the Obama-era pact.

Sen. Rand Paul says health care executive order is good first step to helping Americans Video included

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul joined President Trump at the White House for the signing of the executive order. 

Sen. Rand Paul discusses tax reform and health care with Louisville business leaders Video included

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President Trump is expected to make a major announcement about health care Thursday, and Kentucky will be front and center. 

Atty. Ryan Fenwick announces plan to run for Louisville mayor in 2018 Video included

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The general election will happen on Nov. 6, 2018.

Kentucky lawmakers gather in Hardin County for town hall meeting to discuss pension crisis Video included

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State Sen. Dennis Parrett organized the town hall.

Trump willing to pursue 'temporary deal' on health care

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Trump's latest overture to Democrats followed GOP failures so far to fulfill the party's years-long promise to repeal and replace the ACA, despite controlling the White House and Congress since January.

Basketball scandals "a pattern" of bad behavior by Pitino, U of L charges in letter Video included

Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom Rick Pitino leaves Grawemeyer Hall on Wednesday following a meeting with U of L interim President Greg Postel and board of trustees chairman David Grissom
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Two recent scandals in the University of Louisville men’s basketball program show “a pattern” of “inappropriate behavior” that justifies firing head coach Rick Pitino, the university’s interim president wrote in a letter to Pitino dated Tuesday.

Proposal would allow Kentucky governor to appoint Supreme Court Justices and Appeals Court Judges Video included

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Rep. Jason Nemes said he wants to take politics out of judicial selection process.

Kentucky senator backs legalizing marijuana to fund state's pensions crisis Video included

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Sen. Dan Seum believes cannabis can generate $100 million in revenue.

Who owns Louisville City FC soccer club? Here's the list

Mike Mountjoy, an investor in Louisville City FC, at a press conference on Sept. 22, 2017 Mike Mountjoy, an investor in Louisville City FC, at a press conference on Sept. 22, 2017
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The privately held Louisville City FC soccer team released a complete list of its owners Thursday as the Metro Council continues to consider borrowing $30 million to put toward a stadium for the team in Butchertown.

Republican leaders say after meetings with Gov. Bevin, pension plan could come soon Video included

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 The Republican leaders of the House and Senate said Wednesday they've had marathon meetings with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and hope to unveil a plan to begin digging out of the more $30 billion pension hole.

Trump tweets NFL players should stand for national anthem Sunday

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Criticism from players, owners and fans -- and some praise -- greeted Trump's remarks.

'Reasonableness' of Ramsey-era compensation at issue as U of L Foundation weighs lawsuits

University of Louisville Foundation interim executive director Keith Sherman, center, briefs the board on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. University of Louisville Foundation interim executive director Keith Sherman, center, briefs the board on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017.
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Lawyers working for the University of Louisville Foundation are examining whether the compensation the nonprofit organization paid to university and foundation employees in the era of former U of L President James Ramsey was “reasonable.” 

Records: Under Postel, U of L president's office spent nearly $500,000 on football suite, tickets

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In July and August, the office of interim U of L President Greg Postel spent $491,000 in endowment money on a football suite as well as tickets to football and basketball games, according to financial statements released during a foundation board meeting on Thursday.

VIDEO | U.S. Representative Steve Scalise returns to House for first time since June shooting Video included

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To hugs and a roaring bipartisan standing ovation, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise returned to the House on Thursday, more than three months after a baseball practice shooting left him fighting for his life. 

Trump calls on NFL to outlaw anthem protests, blasts Cowboys for kneeling

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The White House defended the president’s remarks on Monday, saying that it is “always appropriate” for the president of the United States to “defend” the flag and the anthem.

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new restrictions expected

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City to put $30 million into Butchertown soccer stadium for Louisville City FC Video included

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Mayor Greg Fischer is set to announce the details of a $200 million development in Butchertown that will include a stadium for Louisville City FC, the city's professional soccer team.

Trump administration scraps Obama-era campus sexual assault rules

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The rules date back to the Obama administration, and require colleges to investigate reports of sexual assault, even if the assault was not reported to police.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch defends 'originalist' approach during Louisville speech

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, right, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, appeared at an event at the University of Louisville on Thursday. (AP photo) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, right, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, appeared at an event at the University of Louisville on Thursday. (AP photo)
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch defended his “originalist” approach to interpreting the constitution before an audience at the University of Louisville on Thursday, saying other theories inevitably lead to judges making laws from the bench.

Pension crisis fuels new momentum for casino gambling in Kentucky Video included

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Some lawmakers see casinos as the least painful way to plug the multi-billion dollar pension hole.

President Trump and Sen. Paul trade barbs on Twitter over GOP health bill

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New legislation that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act -- commonly referred to as "Obamacare" -- is pitting President Trump against one Kentucky U.S. Senator on Twitter.

Vice President Mike Pence welcomes Indiana veterans to White House Video included

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The group of about 200 veterans visited the White House on Monday as part of an honor flight.

Republican lawmakers criticize JCPS diversity plan Video included

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Jefferson County Public Schools’ interim superintendent got an earful Monday from Republican lawmakers who don’t like how the state’s largest school district assigns students to schools based on factors broader than the location of their home.

Kentucky posts fourth-biggest drop in uninsured rate since Obamacare coverage expansion Video included

The emergency room at University Hospital in downtown Louisville, shown in 2016 The emergency room at University Hospital in downtown Louisville, shown in 2016
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The percentage of Kentuckians without health insurance dropped for the fourth-straight year in 2016, according to new U.S. Census data.

Ky. Attorney General Andy Beshear says Gov. Matt Bevin's plan to cut state budget is illegal

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Bevin has called on agencies to reduce their budgets by more than 17 percent because of a projected $200 million shortfall.

Lawmakers approve $170,000 contract for University of Louisville president search Video included

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Kentucky lawmakers quickly approved the University of Louisville’s request to pay a consulting firm up to $170,000 to handle the search for the university’s next president. 

Indiana's governor ducks questions about President Trump's DACA decision

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The Republican governor was specifically asked Wednesday for his thoughts on the matter.

Trial that will decide fate of Kentucky's last abortion clinic begins

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Kentucky is one of seven states with just one abortion provider left.

North Korean state media says blast was test of hydrogen bomb

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North Korean state media claimed early Sunday that the blast was a test of a hydrogen bomb.

Google Fiber moves into Highlands area of Louisville

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Google Fiber began installing its ultra-fast Internet and TV service in a small part of the Highlands on Wednesday, the third area of Louisville to get wired since construction of the network began in June.

Kentucky lawmakers meet behind closed door to discuss controversial pension proposals Video included

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House Speaker Jeff Hoover said he wanted to avoid political grandstanding.

Kentucky pension consultant says to freeze benefits, move workers to 401(k)-style plans Video included

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A consultant hired by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration recommends fixing Kentucky’s pension debts of at least $35 billion by, among other measures, freezing benefits and moving state and local government workers into less secure, 401(k)-style plans.

Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud

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President Donald Trump can't enact his agenda without Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell may not have a majority to lead without Trump's help. It's simple, and still so complicated.

NEW YORK TIMES: Sen. Mitch McConnell doubts if Trump can salvage presidency Video included

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The Times reports that the President and the Senate majority leader have not spoken in weeks.

UPS CEO says tax reform could deliver more jobs to its Louisville air hub

UPS CEO David Abney and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady UPS CEO David Abney and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady
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UPS chief David Abney and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady came to Louisville to push tax cuts.

Kentucky GOP senator to run for attorney general in 2019 Video included

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A Republican state senator says he is running for attorney general in Kentucky.

RAW VIDEO | Trump addresses US position in Afghanistan in national TV speech

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President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan after 16 years of combat and lives lost.

Senate Majority Leader, Treasury Secretary tell Louisville business leaders tax reform and debt ceiling are top economic priorities Video included

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Sen. Mitch McConnell and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin did not let President Donald Trump's latest controversies eclipse their message.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin posts images of prayer walk in west Louisville

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On Monday morning, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin posted social media images of a prayer walk he and others conducted in Louisville's west end.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb heading to Japan for trade mission Video included

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He says the purpose is to strengthen relationships and encourage investment and trade.

U of L trustee case now in hands of the Kentucky Supreme Court Video included

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Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging Gov. Matt Bevin's 2016 revamping of U of L board

Trump strategist Steve Bannon resigns White House position Video included

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President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his position at the White House, two administration officials told CNN on Friday.

Politicians opine on moving Confederate monuments at Kentucky State Fair kick-off breakfast Video included

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Governor Matt Bevin promised "overwhelming" police presence if hate groups protest.

Bernie Sanders planning rally in Indianapolis

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Sanders will hold the rally with a labor union leader who clashed with President Donald Trump over job cuts at the Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis.

KY State Fair begins with annual Commodity Breakfast Video included

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The tradition is a celebration of Kentucky’s agriculture community.

Judge sides with Louisville in 'Google Fiber' utility pole case

An AT&T worker installs new lines for the company's fiber Internet and TV service in October 2016 in Louisville. An AT&T worker installs new lines for the company's fiber Internet and TV service in October 2016 in Louisville.
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A federal judge has dismissed AT&T’s lawsuit against Louisville Metro government over a local utility pole law aimed at clearing the way for new broadband providers like Google Fiber. 

Hope Hicks tapped for interim White House communications director

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The announcement follows Anthony Scaramucci’s ouster from that post after just 11 days on the job.

President Trump disbands White House business councils after resignations

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The decision came after the CEO of Campbell Soup resigned from a White House jobs panel over comments about racism made by President Donald Trump.

MCCONNELL: 'There are no good neo-nazis'

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Senator Mitch McConnell issued a statement Wednesday morning, blasting white supremacist and KKK groups ahead of a Lexington rally planned by groups to protest the relocation of Confederate landmarks.

Trump's approval rating up after tough North Korea talk, new poll shows

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The polls are based on phone and online surveys for 500 likely voters a night, and the daily number reflects a three-day rolling average.

NUKE-FREE FUTURE? In phone call, Trump and Xi discuss plans for disarming Korean Peninsula

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Trump has urged China to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program, which North Korea says is nearing the capability of targeting the United States.

Republican Indiana lawmaker Rokita launching bid for Senate Video included

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Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita has announced plans to enter the U.S. Senate race, and released his first campaign ad on Wednesday. 

Former Bevin administration official gets job with company building eastern Ky. aluminum plant

Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard announced the aluminum mill on April 27, 2017. Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard announced the aluminum mill on April 27, 2017.
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A former top official in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration has been hired as a senior executive with Braidy Industries, the company that plans to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill in Greenup County with the help of a $15 million investment from state taxpayers.

Gov. Bevin promises to fix Kentucky's ailing pension system Video included

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In a video released through social media, Gov. Matt Bevin once again promised that Kentucky's broken public pension system will be fixed.

Gov. Matt Bevin wins appeal over tax value of Anchorage home Video included

Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera) Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera)
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Gov. Matt Bevin won his fight with Jefferson County tax officials over the value of the historic mansion and surrounding acreage he bought for his family’s residence earlier this year in an east Louisville suburb.

Passport Health Plan's West Louisville development gets OK from Planning Commission Video included

Conceptual drawing of office building (Passport Health Plan) Conceptual drawing of office building (Passport Health Plan)
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Passport Health Plan took another step forward on Thursday with its planned "health and well-being" campus at 18th and Broadway. 

Kentucky school board considers lottery system to help select students for new charter schools Video included

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State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt said the lottery would be used when a school has more applicants than available seats.

Trump proposes immigration changes that favor skilled workers who speak English

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Trump says the measure would make the system more "merit based" for skilled English speakers and help keep out people who will just end up collecting welfare.

Board inspects Gov. Matt Bevin's house in property value dispute Video included

Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera) Gov. Matt Bevin's home in Anchorage (WDRB drone camera)
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The Jefferson County Board of Assessment Appeals inspected Gov. Matt Bevin’s home in Anchorage on Tuesday as a part of dispute over the property’s value for tax purposes.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says effort to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act not over Video included

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After the failures of three Republican health care bills last week, Paul says he wants to try something new.

ACLU files lawsuit asking court to stop Gov. Matt Bevin's social media policy Video included

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The lawsuit demands that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin stop permanently banning or blocking individuals from his official social media accounts.

John Kelly takes command as Trump slams back at accusations of 'White House chaos'

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“He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff,” Trump said minutes after Kelly was sworn in Monday morning.

Trump rips China after North Korea missile test

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Weapons experts say if Friday's missile had been fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it would have threatened major US cities.

New chief of staff takes over at White House come Monday

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"He has been a true star of my administration," the president tweeted Friday, announcing that his current secretary of homeland security was in, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was out.

Trump blasts Senate rules in Saturday morning tweets

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Trump addressed his concerns about the Senate process in his tweets on Saturday.

Louisville billboard urges voters to 'Ditch Mitch'

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The group Indivisible Kentucky says it paid for the billboard because members haven't been able to reach Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell.

Fund that paid for uninsured at University Hospital scrapped after Medicaid expansion changes landscape

The emergency room at University Hospital, Nov. 18, 2015. The emergency room at University Hospital, Nov. 18, 2015.
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A special government fund set up in 1983 to help pay for uninsured patients at University of Louisville Hospital, the city’s safety net hospital for the poor, will be dissolved soon as officials say it’s no longer needed because of Kentucky’s expansion of Medicaid.

Kentucky pledges $1.3 million toward fund aimed at landing more nonstop flights from Louisville

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has agreed to provide $1.3 million in state funds to a new nonprofit organization that aims to get more nonstop flights at Louisville International Airport by offering subsides to airlines.

Local transgender Army captain said he was 'floored' by President Trump's ban

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President Trump's transgender ban may continue a war some thought had ended.

Trump tweets opposition to individuals identifying as transgender from serving in military Video included

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President Trump tweeted that the military, "cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail."

Senator Dan Seum sounds off on report that former Ky. governor Julian Carroll propositioned man Video included

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Kentucky lawmakers are expressing shock, outrage and sorrow after a report surfaced that State Senator and former Governor Julian Carroll groped and propositioned a man for sex back in 2005.

Louisville business people raise funds to land more direct flights Video included

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Louisville business leaders have formed a nonprofit group aimed at attracting direct flights to cities like Los Angeles and Boston by temporarily subsidizing airlines who agree to add the routes.

Sen. Rand Paul says he will only support 'clean repeal' of Obamacare Video included

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Paul said the Senate should vote regardless of the possible outcome.

Trump blasts Clintons, NY Times, 'fake news' in lengthy Twitter rant

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Trump tweeted at least eight times within a one-hour period.

Ethics commission dismisses complaints filed over Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin's home purchase

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A spokesman for Bevin declined to comment, saying he would "let the dismissals speak for themselves."

Gov. Bevin appeals Jefferson County assessment of Anchorage home Video included

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is fighting back against claims that he significantly underpaid for a home he purchased from a donor.

Trump had second, previously undisclosed conversation with Putin in Germany

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President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany earlier this month.

Trump attorneys seek protective order blocking deposition

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 “This Court should not become the first court ever to order a compulsory presidential deposition over the President’s affirmative protest,” the attorneys argued.

Attorney General Andy Beshear calls Gov. Bevin's purchase of Anchorage home 'public corruption' Video included

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Beshear responded to Ethics Commission ruling that he cannot investigate Bevin if he plans to run for governor.

Bevin administration hears public comment on proposed Medicaid changes

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Administration wants to tighten rules in order to reduce Medicaid rolls and save money

Company behind planned eastern Kentucky aluminum plant announces board members

Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard announced the aluminum mill on April 27, 2017. Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Braidy Industries CEO Craig Bouchard announced the aluminum mill on April 27, 2017.
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Braidy Industries Inc., the company planning to build a $1.3 billion aluminum rolling mill employing about 550 people in eastern Kentucky, announced its six-person board of directors Monday. Management of the company is of special interest to Kentucky taxpayers.

Bevin orders cuts to fix $152 million budget gap, warns of more problems ahead

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Gov. Matt Bevin on Friday ordered a mix of budget cuts to state agencies and transfers of restricted state funds to fix a $152 million shortfall in the state’s $10.6 billion budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30. John Chilton, Bevin’s budget director, said in a press release that the state expects “an ongoing challenge with revenues” in the current fiscal year. Bevin, in the release, said the situation “dramatical...

Ky. Attorney General's criminal division opens probe into University of Louisville Foundation Video included

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The criminal division of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is requesting a number of records from the University of Louisville – including emails and the re-purposed hard drive used by former U of L President James Ramsey – after Beshear's office reviewed the scathing forensic investigation of the U of L Foundation released last month. Beshear spokesman Terry Sebastian said he didn’t know about his office...

Vice President Pence promises Lexington crowd Obamacare will be repealed and replaced by fall Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence promised a small crowd inside a stifling Lexington warehouse Wednesday that Congress will repeal and replace Obamacare soon. 

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Lexington Wednesday to talk health care Video included

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The three high-ranking Kentucky Republicans that will join him to talk about health care. 

University of Louisville to spend up to $400,000 for more 'forensic' work on troubled foundation

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The University of Louisville will spend up to $400,000 on follow-up work to last month’s blistering forensic report detailing millions of dollars of excessive spending by the university’s nonprofit foundation.

Kentucky lawmaker wants more ex-felons to be able to clear their records Video included

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Sen. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) said he's working on a bill to expand the state's expungement law.

Donald Trump Jr. posts emails about meeting with Russian lawyer

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The president's oldest son says he wants to be "totally transparent." 

Secretaries of State pass resolution supporting state rights to oversee elections

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More than 40 states have said they will not comply fully with the request, including some of the nation's most populous states like California and New York.

Sen. Rand Paul remains optimistic of repealing Obamacare at discussion in Shelbyville Video included

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Agreement seems to be in short supply these days when it comes to health care, but there's one thing that kept cropping up at Sen. Rand Paul's roundtable discussion at the Shelby County Farm Bureau on Monday.

Ivanka Trump and women: Trump pledges $50M to help women entrepreneurs

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Ivanka Trump has faced sustained criticism from opponents of her father who'd hoped she would be able to push him to adopt more moderate policies.

Kentucky Attorney General says Supreme Court ruling increases online danger for children Video included

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning that a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court places children in more danger online.

Sen. Rand Paul says his new proposal will reduce health care premiums Video included

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The fight over health care has Kentucky's two senators on opposite sides of the fence.

GOP leader McConnell acknowledges health care drive may fall short

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says if the Republican effort to repeal much of the Obama health care law fails, a more limited bill will be needed to buttress health insurance marketplaces around the country.

Senator Bernie Sanders to speak in Kentucky this weekend

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Senator Bernie Sanders is scheduled to visit Kentucky this Sunday.

Louisville-based Mercer Transportation denies role in federal bribery scheme Video included

Mercer Transportation, based in Louisville, is one of the nation's largest trucking companies. Mercer Transportation, based in Louisville, is one of the nation's largest trucking companies.
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Louisville-based Mercer Transportation is fighting the federal government's allegation that the trucking company participated in a bribery scheme which has already sent four people to prison.

Louisville Metro Council president sends Dan Johnson letter restricting movement at City Hall Video included

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The letter, dated July 4, says the demands were prompted by concerns from council members who say Johnson's presence makes them uncomfortable.

Indiana senators field questions about Affordable Care Act over holiday weekend

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Indiana Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly say they are getting tons of questions from their constituents.

Kentucky officials alter proposal to change state's Medicaid program

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The changes as they currently stand would save state taxpayers an additional $27 million over the next five years while causing an extra 9,000 people to lose coverage.

Several new laws go into effect on Saturday in Indiana

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New laws in the Hoosier state address several issues including drugs, abortions and domestic violence.

Gov. Bevin orders voting rights restored for 284 convicted felons Video included

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has ordered the voting rights be restored for 284 people who have been convicted of nonviolent felonies and have completed their sentences.

U of L's Keith Inman to replace Randy Coe as president of Kosair Charities

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After 21 years leading Kosair Charities, Randy Coe plans to retire as the organization’s president in August and hand the reins to Keith Inman, the longtime chief fundraiser at the University of Louisville.

Kentucky refuses to turn over personal information of voters to White House election commission Video included

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Kentucky will not turn over voter data to the White House's election commission.

Mayor Fischer says California travel ban is costing Louisville business Video included

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Fischer said two conventions have already pulled out of Louisville.

Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin says he isn't worried about California travel ban against Kentucky Video included

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California's attorney general doesn't want to do business in Kentucky, but Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin says he isn't worried.

Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote

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Sources tell the Associated Press that Senate Republican leaders have abruptly delayed the vote on their health care bill until after the July 4th recess.

Sen. Rand Paul says Senate bill does not fix health care Video included

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Senator Rand Paul visited Louisville on Monday to tour the Siemens manufacturing plant, but much of the focus was on the Senate effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Kentucky senators on forefront of GOP healthcare fight Video included

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Thursday was the Senate's turn to release its plan to replace Obamacare. 

Councilwoman Angela Leet hires security guard after Johnson's threat of legal action Video included

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A spokesman has confirmed that Metro Councilwoman Angela Leet has hired a security guard following several recent incidents and a threat of legal action from Councilman Dan Johnson. 

Councilman Dan Johnson threatens lawsuit after sexual harassment allegation Video included

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A week after a Louisville Metro Councilman agreed to apologize and seek counseling after complaints of inappropriately touching a colleague's backside at a public event, an attorney says he may file a lawsuit for defamation, libel and slander. 

Kentucky's AG files lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin over executive order reorganizing education boards Video included

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The attorney general called the governor's move "unconstitutional" and "illegal."

Security more visible as Sen. Rand Paul visits Kentucky for first time since shooting in Washington Video included

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Sen. Rand Paul says security is more on his mind after gunman targeted Republican members of Congress.
 

Battle brews between Kentucky's governor and Louisville media outlets, including WDRB Video included

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Matt Bevin posted two videos on Facebook, calling them proof of how the media misinforms you. WDRB's Bill Lamb has responded.

Kentucky attorney general to hold off on suit against Bevin's executive order Video included

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Kentucky Attorney Andy Beshear said Thursday he will hold off on filing a lawsuit over a recent executive order by Gov. Matt Bevin to reorganize several state education boards.

TRANSCRIPT | President Donald Trump addresses nation after shootings in Alexandria Virginia Video included

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Shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, President Donald Trump addressed the nation about the early morning shootings in Alexandria Virginia.

Attorney General Andy Beshear evaluating whether 'mismanagement' of U of L Foundation warrants criminal charges Video included

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said his office is “carefully reviewing” whether the “gross mismanagement” revealed in last week’s forensic investigation of the University of Louisville Foundation warrants criminal charges.

Indiana governor names Judge Christopher Goff to state Supreme Court Video included

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All five of the court's justices have now been appointed since 2010 by Republican governors.

Trump says Comey leaks are the real issue, in Sunday morning Twitter flurry

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"I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!', " Trump tweeted.

Comey says he was fired because of Russia investigation Video included

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Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday that President Donald Trump fired him to interfere with his investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election and its ties to the Trump campaign.

Kentucky AG threatens legal action over Gov. Bevin's reorganization of state education boards Video included

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Beshear says he is giving Gov. Bevin seven days to rescind the order before taking legal action.

Google Fiber to start Louisville deployment in Portland neighborhood, councilwoman says

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Google Fiber will begin construction of its super-fast Internet network in Louisville by starting in the Portland neighborhood, according to Metro Council member Cheri Bryant-Hamilton.

President Trump promises to rebuild American infrastructure at speech in Cincinnati Video included

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President Donald Trump took his plans to revamp our nation's infrastructure on the road Wednesday, and several Kentucky lawmakers, including Gov. Matt Bevin, were on hand.

President Trump reveals pick for next FBI Director

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his pick for FBI director - a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.

President Donald Trump to visit Kentucky next week

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There's still no word on which portion of the state President Trump will visit.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb heading to Europe for first international trip Video included

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Holcomb says he wants to forge partnerships to advance economic growth and further diversify Indiana's economy.

Gov. Bevin unveils prayer initiative to combat violence in Louisville Video included

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The governor's challenge for churches to take ownership of troubled neighborhoods brought a mixed reaction.

Gov. Matt Bevin to meet with Louisville pastors about curbing violence Video included

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Gov. Matt Bevin plans to meet with faith leaders Thursday in Louisville to discuss ways to curb the growing violence in the state’s urban areas.

Kathy Griffin apologizes for photo shoot with bloodied Trump mask, says she 'went too far'

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Kathy Griffin admitted Tuesday she "went too far" on her latest photo shoot with controversial photographer Tyler Shields...

Gov. Matt Bevin talks violence, JCPS and his new Anchorage home in exclusive interview Video included

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Bevin confirmed he owns the controversial home in Anchorage but purchased it through an LLC for liability and tax purposes.

Louisville Metro employment commission sided with Omni contractor in construction worker wage dispute

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More than a year before about 100 immigrant drywall workers walked off the Omni Hotel job Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission sided with general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie in a dispute over the wages those workers are paid. 

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The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana's sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground.

Adoption reform panel says it will 'do what is best' for Kentucky children Video included

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A panel of state lawmakers appointed by House Speaker Jeff Hoover to fix Kentucky’s adoption system got down to work Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Trump sets sight on the big deal: Mideast peace

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Trump doesn't expect to emerge from his two-day visit to Israel and the West Bank with a deal in hand, but he is the latest president to arrive here with the lofty goal in mind.

VIDEO | Gov. Matt Bevin calls 7-year-old's murder 'unacceptable'; pledges to announce solutions Video included

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In a strongly worded video posted on Facebook, Kentucky's governor calls Louisville's climbing homicide rate "insanity" and vowed to announce solutions next week.

Trump in Saudi Arabia to sign $110B arms deal with Persian Gulf ally

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Trump is expected to pledge his respect and support to Saudi leaders, respect to the region, after months of harsh anti-Muslim rhetoric.

Postel takes lead for U of L in negotiation on KFC Yum! Center payments

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The University of Louisville board of trustees voted Thursday to give interim U of L President Greg Postel the authority to work out a new lease for the university’s basketball programs at the KFC Yum! Center, and Postel said he hopes to ink a deal in the next few weeks.

Former FOX News CEO Ailes helped launch Mitch McConnell's Senate career Video included

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Mitch McConnell owes his Senate career, in part, to former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Vice President Mike Pence to make commencement speech at University of Notre Dame Video included

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One student says he and some others are planning a protest.

President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey, sweeping away the man who is responsible for the bureau's investigation into whether members of his campaign team colluded with Russia in its interference in last year's election.

President Trump nominates Louisville lawyer to federal court Video included

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The White House says President Trump nominated John Bush for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

U.S. House passes bill erasing much of Affordable Care Act; measure now goes to Senate

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The decision advances a campaign pledge made by President Trump.

House to vote Wednesday on government spending bill

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Lawmakers are putting off fights over President Donald Trump's wall with Mexico and a defense buildup until later this year.

100 Days of Disruption: How Trump rewrote the presidential script

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Trump’s first week involved a flurry of activity – withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal; allowing the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline; penalizing so-called “sanctuary cities” by denying federal funds. (The latter is now on hold by the courts.)

John Schnatter resigns University of Louisville athletics board as Tom Jurich decries "bantering in the community" Video included

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John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John's International, has resigned from the University of Louisville athletics association board.

Ann Coulter's Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

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Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence but might still "swing by to say hello" to all her supporters.

University of Louisville athletics department to get "thorough look" as John Schnatter sidesteps media Video included

Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017 Papa John's International founder and CEO John Schnatter at a meeting of the University of Louisville board of trustees, of which he is a member. April 26, 2017
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Two weeks since he made explosive comments about the University of Louisville Athletics Association and its director Tom Jurich, Papa John’s International CEO John Schnatter rebuffed a horde of reporters who attempted to ask him to elaborate. 

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth sounds off on President Trump's tax plan Video included

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Arguing that the plan would cut taxes for corporations, while taking an ax to social programs, Yarmuth blasted the President's proposal for what he said was a lack of detail.

Indiana's governor to sign several controversial bills

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The measures include increasing parental abortion notification rights, permitting the use of marijuana-derived medicine and allowing statehouse employees to carry guns.

Nearly 100,000 residential properties in Louisville get new tax value

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Nearly 70,000 Jefferson County homeowners will see their taxable property values go up this year, while about 29,000 homeowners will have lower assessments, according to Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Tony Lindauer’s office. Most the residential homes and lots getting new assessments are in South Louisville or outside the Snyder Freeway.

Georgia House race to high-stakes runoff as Trump wades in

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A Georgia congressional election is headed to a high-stakes runoff that's shaping up as a referendum on President Donald Trump ahead of crucial midterm elections next year.

Passport Health Plan moving headquarters to West Louisville Video included

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Passport Health Plan, the nonprofit that administers Medicaid benefits in the Louisville area, is moving its corporate office to a vacant site in Louisville's west end where Walmart had once planned to build a super center.

Indiana purges 481K inactive voter registrations from rolls

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Indiana's secretary of state says more than 481,000 inactive voter registrations have been purged from the state's voter rolls as part of a long-running effort ordered by lawmakers.

Bardstown City Council selects Councilman Dick Heaton as new mayor Video included

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The decision comes after former Mayor John Royalty was fired last week. 

Pence says US stands by ally Japan on North Korea problem Video included

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On Monday, Pence traveled to the tense Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea, where he warned North Korea's leaders that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over."

Democrat Congressman John Yarmuth to seek re-election in 2018 Video included

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He's seeking a seventh term as Louisville's U.S. representative.

Sen. Mitch McConnell discusses Syria, Supreme Court, other key issues during news conference Video included

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Senator McConnell defended his decision to go "nuclear" in order to confirm Gorsuch.

YMCA to make 'announcement' Thursday at site of long-planned West Louisville branch Video included

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The YMCA of Greater Louisville may be ready to move ahead with construction of a long-planned branch in West Louisville. YMCA officials are set to make “an announcement regarding advancement of services for West Louisville” on Thursday at the site.

Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young says 'one-off' missile strikes against Syria not enough going forward Video included

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Young says Congress needs to see a long-term strategy from the White House.

McConnell and Yarmuth support missile strike against Syria, while Paul calls it unconstitutional Video included

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Syrian refugee living in Louisville does not believe strike will help

McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate - if a vacancy opens in Utah.

Indiana senators approve making state's school chief position appointed by governor

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Senators rejected a proposal on the same issue earlier in the session.

Texas Roadhouse to pay $12 million to settle age-discrimination case Video included

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Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse will pay $12 million and hire a “diversity director,” among other concessions, to settle an age-discrimination lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. 

McConnell expresses confidence that Congress will avoid government shutdown

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's confident Congress will avoid a government shutdown.

Pro-choice advocates rallying to support last abortion clinic in Kentucky

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A federal judge's ruling will keep the last abortion clinic in the Commonwealth open -- for now.

Indebted to Ohio, Pence returns to vow ObamaCare fight 'ain't over'

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“It ain’t over yet,” Pence said about ObamaCare during a roundtable discuss Saturday at Dynalab, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, that largely focused on jobs. “You can take that to the bank.”

Washington Post article outlines rules between Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Video included

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According to a Washington Post article, Indiana's former governor never eats alone with a woman other than his wife Karen, and won't attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side either.

Kentucky Senate overrides Gov. Bevin's veto of 'Tim's Law' Video included

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As Gov. Matt Bevin signed a pair of foster care bills into law Wednesday, some at the Capitol were focusing on one he did not approve.

Indiana board endorses President Trump's deal with Carrier

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The Indiana Economic Development Board approved the incentive package Tuesday, about four months after Trump celebrated the deal at the factory.

University of Louisville Foundation scraps extra pay given to top administrators Video included

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The University of Louisville Foundation will no longer supplement the salaries of administrators at the school with “deferred compensation” payments that have already cost the nonprofit organization over $20 million. 

McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as 'windfall' for Tehran

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"The United States will stand with Israel," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. But he criticized the nuclear agreement as a "windfall" for Tehran that prevented the U.S. from taking more aggressive steps against Iran.

President Trump moving on from health care defeat Video included

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President Donald Trump is moving on to tax reform after his healthcare bill didn't get the support needed to pass.

Facing 'run on the bank,' University of Louisville Foundation used Owsley Brown Frazier gift to pay administrators Video included

The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo) The late Owsley Brown Frazier, left, announced a $25 million gift to the University of Louisville in 2011. Frazier said former U of L President James Ramsey, right, could decide how to spend the money. (U of L photo)
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Just before Christmas in 2011, then-University of Louisville President James Ramsey held a press conference to announce the largest individual gift in the school’s history -- a $25 million pledge from the late philanthropist Owsley Brown Frazier. About $7 million ended up being used by the school's foundation for extra administrator compensation. 

Pence vows Trump will continue ObamaCare fight, calls out Democrats and Republicans

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Pence spoke in the aftermath of House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday cancelling the final vote for the ObamaCare replacement bill, upon concluding he didn’t have enough votes despite the chamber’s GOP majority.

US House Republicans withdraw health care bill Video included

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Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders.

AP Interview: McConnell warns Republicans on health bill

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned fellow Republicans Tuesday of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week.

Senator Rand Paul skips out on Trump rally after stop in St. Matthews Video included

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It doesn't matter that they're in the same party. One person who will not attend President Donald Trump's rally Monday night is Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

Sen. Paul says he hopes GOP's proposal to repeal and replace Obama care fails Video included

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he hopes the Republican health care proposal will fail so that "true negotiations" can begin.

President Trump's proposed cuts to arts, public media strike sour note in Louisville

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Mayor Greg Fischer calls the arts the "soul of any city."

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to speak in St. Matthews on Monday Video included

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President Trump will be in Louisville the same day, but a spokesperson for Paul's campaign says the senator has no plans to attend.

University of Louisville trustees chairman: no more 'double dipping' for administrators with foundation paychecks

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University of Louisville administrators will no longer receive extra paychecks from the university’s nonprofit foundation, according to the new chairman of U of L’s board of trustees. In an interview, trustees Chairman J. David Grissom repudiated a program under which the foundation doled out over $20 million in “deferred compensation."

Kentucky's AG lashes out against bill that would shift power to governor's office

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"If I wasn't here with the power to file suit and check his authority, he could walk all over the citizens of Kentucky," Andy Beshear said.

University of Louisville leaders want president who acts with "transparency"

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University of Louisville leaders are looking for the school’s president to be someone skilled in managing a $1 billion enterprise with “transparency;” someone with political savvy and good listening skills, as well as someone with “wisdom and judgment.”

Committee to vote on Republican health care bill on Thursday Video included

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The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office came out with a report this week about the proposed healthcare overhaul.

Senate committee approves former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats for national intelligence director

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The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's choice for national intelligence director.

Attorney: University of Louisville Foundation pay deals tracked separately for 'obfuscation'

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The longtime attorney for the University of Louisville Foundation told board members Tuesday that the foundation had separate accounting to intentionally conceal a program under which it has paid over $20 million in extra compensation university administrators. “If you want my honest opinion, I believe it was done for obfuscation purposes, clearly,” attorney David Saffer told the foundation board.

US Senator Rand Paul talks to WDRB News about his opposition to the GOP health care plan Video included

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Paul spoke with WDRB's Lawrence Smith Tuesday about pressure from the White House to support the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act

Political experts weigh in about Trump rally and healthcare Video included

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Just days after his vice president was in town, President Donald Trump is headed to Louisville.

Congressional deadline arrives for DOJ evidence on Trump wiretap claims

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As Congress' deadline looms, calls for Trump to produce evidence have grown louder, including by some in his own party.

CBO report: 14 million fewer insured by 2018 under GOP health care bill

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The Republican bill, titled the American Health Care Act, would reduce the federal deficits by $337 billion over 10 years, the CBO said.

Spicer: Trump didn't mean wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping

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Namely, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wasn't referring to wiretapping when he tweeted about wiretapping.

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