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Indiana House panel backs lifting Sunday alcohol sales ban

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A Senate committee voted unanimously last week in favor of a similar bill allowing carryout alcohol sales between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

Gov. Bevin's proposed budget would cut most state agencies by more than 6 percent Video included

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Bevin said he wants to overhaul the state’s tax code this year, adding that it could happen during the current legislative that wraps up in April or a special session later in the year.

3 Louisville lawmakers among flurry of Democrats deciding to leave Kentucky House Video included

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With Republicans in control, some are retiring to make way for new blood.

Kentucky secretary of state unveils proposal to legalize medical marijuana Video included

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Advocates admit passage will be difficult in the Republican-dominated legislature.

Indiana Senate committee approves Sunday alcohol sales bills

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Similar proposals have stalled in recent years, but Republican legislative leaders say the time to act is now.

Judge rules against Trump administration on rescinding DACA

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The Department of Justice said in a statement that the ruling does not change the department's position on the facts.

Angry Jeff Hoover says effort to have him expelled from Ky. House is politically motivated Video included

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One day after he resigned from his role as Kentucky House Speaker, an angry Jeff Hoover fired back at his political opponents.

TRUMP: 'Yeah, I'll beat Oprah'

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President Donald Trump talked about facing Oprah Winfrey in a run for the White House on Tuesday.

Jeff Hoover resigns as Speaker of the Kentucky House Video included

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In an emotional speech on the House floor, Hoover explained several deadlines that had prevented him from resigning as speaker as he had promised in November.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis files for re-election Video included

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A Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has filed for re-election.

Trump hits back at mental fitness accusations, says 'greatest assets' are stability, smarts

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Essentially since the start of the Trump presidency, the liberal media and Democrats have argued that the former businessman is unfit to run the country.

After U of L scandal, a Kentucky lawmaker wants more scrutiny of university sports contracts Video included

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Rep. Kelly Flood's bill would require university trustees to approve deals with apparel companies.

Rep. John Yarmuth and Yale psychiatry professor question President Trump's mental health

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Dr. Bandy Lee, a psychiatry professor at Yale University, is the ringleader of a national coalition of mental health professionals who claim to be concerned about the president’s mental capacities.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer urges tax reform, cites city success in annual address Video included

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Fischer gave his 2018 state-of-the-city address during a meeting of the Rotary Club of Louisville meeting in Okolona.

Kentucky House Speaker Jeff Hoover calls Gov. Bevin 'very misinformed' Video included

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Speaker Jeff Hoover did not say much Wednesday morning, but he did comment briefly about his decision not to resign.

President Trump blasts former chief strategist, claiming he 'lost his mind' Video included

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The comments came after Steve Bannon described a Trump Tower meeting between the president's son and a group of Russians as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to give state employees pay raises

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The raises will be given out after employee performance reviews in January.

Stage set for special election in Bullitt County to replace late Rep. Dan Johnson Video included

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Dan Johnson's widow, Rebecca, will face former state Rep. Linda Belcher.

Dan Johnson's widow nominated by Republicans to run for vacant District 49 House seat Video included

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Bullitt County Republicans chose Dan Johnson's widow as their nominee to fill his empty state House seat. 

Fischer: Louisville 'making progress' in crime fight despite near-record murders Video included

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Mayor Greg Fischer's remarks came during a year-end interview with WDRB News on Thursday.

President Trump signs $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law

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The tax overhaul provides big tax cuts for businesses, and smaller ones for the middle class.

Kentucky lawmaker exploring plan to reinstate former House Speaker Jeff Hoover Video included

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A path of return to the speaker of the House’s chair is seemingly clearing for Rep. Jeff Hoover.

Former Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson's seat likely to be filled by special election

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The Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to convene on Jan. 2.

Republicans release their final tax bill ahead of key vote next week

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While Republican leaders released a two-page summary of the bill's contents, the summary did not include specific details on how the plan is funded.

Roy Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Senate race

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Moore told supporters that the race was "close" and some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted.

Kentucky's attorney general blasts FCC's decision to roll back 'net neutrality'

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office is planning legal actions if the FCC moves forward with its plans.

Somber mood encompasses Kentucky State House after Rep. Dan Johnson's suicide Video included

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Devastated is one way to describe the way many Kentucky lawmakers feel a day after Rep. Dan Johnson took his own life following allegations that he molested a 17-year-old girl in 2012. 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says there is 'no place in Frankfort' for Rep. Dan Johnson Video included

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Beshear calls the accusation of sexual abuse against Johnson "horrific."

UPDATE: Rep. Dan Johnson refuses to resign, calling molestation allegations false Video included

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Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson addressed allegations that he molested a 17-year-old girl Tuesday morning, saying that a report that he did so had "absolutely no merit."

Republican and Democratic leadership call on state Rep. Dan Johnson to resign after molestation allegation Video included

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The alleged victim claimed that Johnson approached her in a church basement, kissed her and fondled her under her clothes. 

The Pentagon says transgender people can enlist in military starting Jan. 1 despite President Trump's opposition

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The Department of Defense also is studying the issue.

Jefferson Co. attorney says Louisville's new immigration ordinance does not violate federal law Video included

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The ordinance prohibits Metro Government employees from asking about someone's immigration status.

Trump says 'get out and vote for Roy Moore' at Pensacola rally

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Moore, who is 70, has been dogged by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including accusations that he molested two teenage girls and pursued romantic relationships with several others while in his 30s. He has denied the allegations.

US Rep. Trent Franks announces immediate resignation after wife admitted to hospital

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Franks said his wife was hospitalized in Washington for "an ongoing ailment" and that it would be "the best thing for our family" to resign immediately.

Arizona GOP Rep. Trent Franks to resign following sexual harassment claim

Rep. Trent Franks (Photo courtesy CNN) Rep. Trent Franks (Photo courtesy CNN)
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Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks announced in a statement Thursday night he will resign from Congress at the end of January, after the House Ethics Committee said it would investigate allegations against him of sexual harassment.

700 new voting machines will change how Louisville ballots are cast in 2018 Video included

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Writing in pen instead of pencil is new, along with the machines those ballots will be counted on, but there will still be paper ballots.

House Republicans send letters asking Gov. Bevin to back off call for special session on pension reform Video included

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House GOP members say the issue is best handled during regular session.

House passes bill loosening gun restrictions Video included

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The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday loosening gun regulations and allowing those with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other states, a top priority of the National Rifle Association.

Kentucky lawmaker pushing to bring early voting to Commonwealth Video included

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Currently, there's no early voting in Kentucky, only absentee voting.

TRUMP: Government shutdown 'could happen' on Saturday

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The President is blaming Democrats for opposing his border security and hardline immigration plans.

Gov. Matt Bevin repeats call for lawmakers involved in sexual harassment scandal to resign Video included

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Bevin admits scandal threatens the GOP plan for pension reform.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray launches Congressional campaign Video included

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The three other candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Kentucky's 6th District. 

Report shows some Kentucky state employees who took paid leave to vote didn't cast ballots

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The cost to taxpayers was more than $100,000.

Supreme Court permits full enforcement of Trump travel ban

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The ban applies to people from Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

UPDATE: Former Ky. House Speaker Jeff Hoover calls whistleblower lawsuit 'false' and 'defamatory' Video included

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A whistleblower lawsuit filed Monday morning claims to shed new light on a secret sexual harassment settlement made by Jeff Hoover.

Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore

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President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress.

5 GOP hopefuls for Indiana Senate agree to April debate

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Indiana's five Republican candidates for U.S. Senate have agreed to take part in a debate next April in Fort Wayne.

Senate passes major tax reform package

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The vote was 51-49, with Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee the only member of the GOP to side with the Democrats in opposition.

Kentucky GOP lawmakers refuse to discuss secret sexual harassment settlements with investigators Video included

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A taxpayer-funded investigation of a secret sexual harassment settlement signed by four GOP lawmakers in Kentucky was stymied because the lawmakers refused to talk about it or disclose documents.

New EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt aims to reduce the agency's power Video included

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WDRB News spoke one-on-one with the new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, who is generating controversy by rolling back regulations put in place by the agency under President Obama.

Sen. Rand Paul says he hadn't talked to man who attacked him in 10 years Video included

Sen. Rand Paul and the man who police said attacked him, Rene Boucher. Sen. Rand Paul and the man who police said attacked him, Rene Boucher.
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Three-and-a-half weeks after he was attacked outside his home, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Fox News on Tuesday said he was "blindsided" while cutting his grass.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders scheduled to hold rally in Louisville on Friday, Dec. 1

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Sanders is expected to speak out against what critics are calling, "the harmful Republican plan to give billions in tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations."

Top Democrats abruptly pull out of White House meeting after Trump tweet

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Top Democratic leaders in Congress have abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump about taxes and the budget after he attacked them on Twitter.

President Trump won't campaign for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore before election

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President Trump came to the aid of embattled Republican Roy Moore by criticizing Doug Jones, the Democratic nominee in the hotly contested Alabama Senate race.

Acting Kentucky House speaker says special session on pension reform still likely Video included

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Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne also expects report on sexual harassment investigation next week.

3-person Metro Council panel removes Dan Johnson from office Video included

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A 3-person Louisville Metro Council panel has determined that Dan Johnson violated an agreement that would have allowed him to keep his seat and has removed Johnson from office.

VIDEO | U.S. Senator Rand Paul posts Thanksgiving message, thanks Kentucky residents for well-wishes Video included

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Paul suffered six broken ribs after a fight.

Kentucky secretary of state pushing legalization of medical marijuana Video included

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Alison Lundergan Grimes has formed a task force to draft a marijuana bill, but critics are calling the move a political stunt

Attorney claims Dan Johnson was victim of 'ambush journalism' during WDRB interview Video included

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In a response to Metro Council members, attorney Thomas McAdam claims Dan Johnson did not violate an agreement that allows him to keep his job.

Kentucky Democrats hope founder of brewing company has right recipe for political success Video included

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Ben Self of Lexington's West Sixth Brewing Company has been elected new Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman.

Kentucky governor's office waiting to release cost of pension bill

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Kentucky State Budget Director John Chilton says the tax proposal is not finished yet, so he can't release a cost analysis.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tweets that he is 'returning to work' after assault Video included

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The news comes after the office of a personal injury attorney confirms that Paul has hired the attorney to represent him in connection with the assault.

McConnell to NYT: I 'misspoke' on tax increase for middle class in Senate plan

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The Kentucky Republican initially said "nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase" under the Senate bill that was unveiled on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

GOP lawmakers aren't surprised by consultant report that tax reform plan would cost taxpayers more over 20 years Video included

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Analysis says proposal would cost an extra $4.4 billion through 2038

Report: Linder confirms he signed harassment settlement

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Kentucky Rep. Brian Linder has confirmed that he is among four Republican lawmakers who signed a settlement with a female House Republican Caucus staffer over sexual harassment allegations.

Gay man denied marriage license by Rowan Co. Clerk Kim Davis weighing run against her Video included

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An attorney for Kim Davis confirmed she will seek a second term.

Sen. Rand Paul tweets about alleged attack, updates public on injuries Video included

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Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul used social media Wednesday afternoon to update the public about his recovery after allegedly being attacked by a neighbor.

Vice President Mike Pence to highlight Republican tax plan during Indianapolis visit

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The White House says Pence will fly into Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon, where he will participate in a roundtable discussion and then give a speech about the tax plan.

Kentucky House leadership retains law firm in wake of sexual harassment scandal

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In a memo, Kentucky House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne told staffers to provide any information the law firm asks for, without fear of reprisal.

House GOP working to keep pension bill on track after Hoover resignation

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Speaker Pro Tem says lawmakers "cannot allow this mess" to distract from solving pension crisis.

Vice President Mike Pence to speak in Indianapolis Thursday Video included

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The Vice President's speech comes about one month after President Donald Trump gave a speech on tax reform at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Metro Council panel to consider removing Dan Johnson for violating sexual harassment deal Video included

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A Metro Council panel is scheduled to meet this morning to discuss whether council member Dan Johnson has violated the terms under which he was allowed to keep his seat. 

Kentucky House Republicans pledge thorough investigation of sexual harassment claims Video included

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As crews worked to clean up the Capitol building on the outside on Monday, House majority leaders were promising to clean up the inside.

Trump ready for 'busy' leg of Asia trip, after informal talks in Japan on trade, North Korea

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After visiting Japan, Trump then travels to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Teachers rally outside Kentucky capitol protesting 'abhorrent' pension plan Video included

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On the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol on Wednesday, teachers showed up in full force to rally against a proposed pension plan.

Kentucky House and Senate leaders say new pension bill will be tweaked Video included

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Rep. Dan Johnson of Mt. Washington is now the second Republican legislator to voice opposition to the proposal.

Lawsuit claims Indiana Secretary of State's office broke election laws Video included

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A left-leaning government watchdog group is suing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, alleging her office violated election laws.

Kentucky Senate President says legislature not to blame for shortfall in teacher retirement system Video included

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Senate President Robert Stivers blames system mismanagement, KEA disagrees

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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."

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.

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

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, June 12, 2017 Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, June 12, 2017
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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

Drywall workers, joined by supporters, on strike at the Omni Hotel project Thursday, May 25, 2017. Drywall workers, joined by supporters, on strike at the Omni Hotel project Thursday, May 25, 2017.
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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. 

GOP candidate for US House charged with assaulting reporter Video included

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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

Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville Dr. Gregory Postel, interim president of the University of Louisville
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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

Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer, April 21, 2017 Jefferson County PVA Tony Lindauer, April 21, 2017
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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.

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