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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.

Fate of both charter and neighborhood schools bills still uncertain Video included

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Lawmakers are working behind the scenes to craft compromises.

SUNDAY EDITION | After collapse of Walmart deal, developers face debts to bank and taxpayers Video included

A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008. A guard shack remains from the Philip Morris plant. The other buildings on the site at 18th Street and Broadway were demolished in 2008.
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After Walmart abandoned its plan to build a store in west Louisville last year, the owners of the site may lose it in foreclosure. Meanwhile, they owe Metro government $1.1 million, and city officials aren't sure what happened to most of the money.

New Trump travel ban can't be enforced on Syrian family trying to flee to Wisconsin, judge says

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Trump issued an executive order in January banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Syria, from entering the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart in Washington state blocked the entire order on Feb. 3.

Anger mounts over handling of US attorney firings

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A Justice Department spokeswoman explained that forced resignations are a matter of course when turning the agency over to a new administration.

Vice President Mike Pence to make closed-door speech in Jeffersontown on Saturday Video included

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Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a business in east Louisville Saturday as he makes the case for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

As Kentucky legislature nears end, Louisville arena bill 'not a dead item'

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With four working days left in the Kentucky General Assembly, a bill that would aid the Louisville Arena Authority’s finances still has yet to receive a committee hearing.

House Speaker Jeff Hoover sets March 15 deadline to pass charter schools bill

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Kentucky House Speaker has set a March 15 deadline to pass a charter schools bill.

Vice President Mike Pence to visit Louisville on Saturday Video included

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Initially, it was believed that President Trump would be making the visit, but the White House on Wednesday night denied that the President would be coming.

Senate committee says 'amen' to bill that helps teach the Bible in public schools Video included

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House Bill 128 would create policy for optional social studies course on the Bible

Kentucky bill would give Gov. Matt Bevin some of attorney general's powers Video included

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin would have “exclusive authority” to represent Kentucky in civil lawsuits under a proposal to limit the powers of Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear, the state’s top elected lawyer.

House panel approves new way of funding Kentucky universities and colleges Video included

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Senate Bill 153 would fund universities based on performance.

Federal judge rules that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis doesn't have to pay legal fees Video included

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A federal judge has ruled that a county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015 doesn't have to pay legal fees for the couples who sued her.

U.S. House Republicans release plan to dismantle Affordable Care Act

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The bill would roll back the government's role in health care and eliminate the individual mandate. Instead of income-based premium subsidies, people would get tax credits based on age.

Carson: 'There were other immigrants who came in the bottom of slave ships, who worked even longer, even harder, for less'

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Ben Carson appeared to liken slaves to immigrants who choose to come to the United States while addressing employees at the Department of Housing and Urban Development Monday.

Bill affirming students' rights to express religious viewpoints headed to desk of Kentucky governor

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Critics argue that the bill would allow student groups to discriminate against LGBTQ students.

President Donald Trump signs new travel ban, exempts Iraq

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The new travel ban comes six weeks after Trump's original executive order was rolled out to chaos and confusion at airports nationwide, and eventually blocked by a federal court.

White House requests Congress investigate whether Obama administration abused power

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The statement comes a day after Trump accused former President Barack Obama, without providing evidence, of wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower in the weeks before the November election.

Bank files foreclosure on site of once-planned west Louisville Walmart

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The developers who had hoped to bring a Walmart Supercenter to west Louisville now risk losing the site to foreclosure. Teresa and Frank Bridgewaters, the co-owners of Newbridge Development, failed to make interest-only payments on a $1.7 million line of credit with Greensburg, Ind.-based MainSource Bank, according to a lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in Jefferson Circuit Court. 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul demanding to see House bill repealing and replacing Affordable Care Act Video included

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Paul says the bill is being kept under lock and key.

Bill aimed at helping foster children wins final approval Video included

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Kentucky children could be placed with close family friends after being removed from their homes under a bill that has won final legislative approval.

Former Gov. Beshear says President Trump is being 'Wall Street's champion' Video included

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Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear gave the Democratic response Tuesday night following President Donald Trump's address to Congress.

Kentucky reaches $2.8 million settlement with national mortgage company

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On Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the settlement.

Cheers and jeers as former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear prepares to take national stage

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Former Gov. Steve Beshear will give the Democrat Party's response to President Trump's speech.

Ind. Gov. Eric Holcomb, other Republican governors giving healthcare recommendations to Congress Video included

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Gov. Holcomb also sat down with his former boss and now Vice President Mike Pence at the White House.

Indiana House passes bill affirming Indiana students' rights to pray out loud in school

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The bill now moves on to the Indiana Senate.

Gov. Bevin says federal healthcare money is being wasted on Obamacare

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he's fine with Kentucky missing out on hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in Washington D.C. for National Governors Association

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He met with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and health officials Friday for a roundtable discussion on health care.

Democrats tap former Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear to respond to President Trump's address to Congress Tuesday Video included

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Kentuckians will likely recognize the Democrat who issues a response to President Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday...

Kentucky House bill would make couples wait longer for divorce Video included

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A bill moving through the Kentucky House of Representatives would make getting a divorce in the Commonwealth more difficult.

McConnell says protesters can't accept that it's time to move on from Trump's election Video included

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Senate Majority Leader tells WDRB he expects the "fever will break."

Gov. Bevin touts Republican progress in CPAC speech

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Gov. Matt Bevin sang the praises of Kentucky on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland.

Sen. Rand Paul says his Obamacare replacement plan will make health insurance affordable

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Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says the Affordable Care Act has made health insurance anything but affordable, and he has a plan to replace it once it is repealed.

For second day in a row, protesters rally outside McConnell appearance in Kentucky Video included

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The plan to repeal Obamacare is one reason some are not happy with Kentucky's senior senator, Mitch McConnell.

Huge stakes for Trump immigration do-over

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Going forward, a new order could also only apply to people who are not yet in the visa process. The new order may apply to all seven nations originally named and could retain a ban on the entry of Syrian refugees, a source on Capitol Hill said.

Trump to revoke Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools, source says

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Although the original guidance carried no force of law, transgender rights advocates say it was necessary to protect students from discrimination. Opponents argued it was overreach.

Indiana's US Senator Donnelly talks healthcare, jobs and the climate in Washington Video included

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The South Bend Democrat goes one-on-one with Candyce Clifft to talk about issues important to Hoosiers. 

US Sen. Rand Paul wants Affordable Care Act replaced on same day it is repealed

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Paul's plan would do away with required insurance, give tax credits for health savings accounts, and expand group health plans.

Protest and praise greet Sen. Mitch McConnell during speech in rural Kentucky

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Kentucky Democrats staged a demonstration as the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ky. bill would crack down on handicap parking permits Video included

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The number of permits has exploded tenfold over the past decade.

Trump selects Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

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McMaster replaces another retired lieutenant general, Michael Flynn, who resigned amid controversy over his contact with Russian officials prior to Trump's inauguration.

U of L Foundation racks up over $20 million in extra pay for administrators

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Last August, one month before he resigned as president of the University of Louisville Foundation, James Ramsey filled out a one-page form, and the foundation cut him a check for $3,546,056. 

Using foundation, Ramsey quietly gave Jurich extra $6 million incentive pay Video included

Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo). Former U of L President James Ramsey, right, and athletics director Tom Jurich in February 2016 (AP photo).
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If University of Louisville athletics director Tom Jurich stays on the job another ten years, the university’s athletics association will owe him an additional $6 million – and likely much more – thanks to a benefit that former U of L President James Ramsey quietly gave Jurich in 2014 without the approval of the university athletics or foundation boards.

Bill would keep sex offenders away from public playgrounds Video included

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Registered sex offenders would be required to stay 1,000 feet from a playground

Committee approves bill to fund Ky. state police retirement system Video included

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The bill puts $148 million toward the Kentucky State Police Retirement System over the next two years.

Ky. House Republicans asking for more action from Gov. Bevin ahead of re-examination of licenses Video included

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Gov. Bevin told lawmakers to overhaul the licenses last year, then vetoed the measure.

Kentucky state senator introducing bill to cut sexual harassment training Video included

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But Boone County Republican Senator John Schickel wants one fewer obligation for he and his colleagues.

Black Lives Matter protesters silence lawmakers after First Responder Protection Bill passes in House Video included

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Attacking a first responder would be considered a hate crime in Kentucky under the "First Responder Protection Bill," which passed in the House on Monday.

Bill would allow those with permits to carry guns on school campuses Video included

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Supporters say it would help deter acts of terror. Opponents call it dangerous.

House bill would restrict power of Louisville's mayor, strengthen Metro Council Video included

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House Bill 202 would give Kentucky's governor power to fill vacancies in Metro Government.

Bill allowing public school students to take part in religious activities passes Kentucky Senate Video included

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Supporters say the bill would guide school officials in allowing students to express their religion.

Kentucky House Democrats say they're outnumbered, but not irrelevant Video included

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Democrats released an agenda that includes an increase in the minimum and scholarships for community college

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said some people will have to pay more under a proposal to overhaul the state's tax code.

Congressman Trey Hollingsworth says many Hoosiers don't feel safe Video included

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Trey Hollingsworth, the new congressman for southern Indiana, says many Hoosiers simply don't feel safe, and that's why he wants to make sure of immigrants' true intentions at U.S. borders, just as the Trump administration wants to do.

Mayor Greg Fischer pays property tax bill 5 weeks late Video included

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer paid the property taxes on his $1.6 million home in the Highlands five weeks late on Wednesday after WDRB alerted his office to the overdue bill. "This was an oversight and the mayor paid the bill today after it was brought to his attention," Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Fischer, said.

Crowds gather in Frankfort in support of 2 pro-life bills Video included

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin ceremonially signed the bills on Wednesday afternoon.

Records: Gov. Matt Bevin failed to pay 2016 taxes on Louisville home Video included

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Gov. Matt Bevin and his wife Glenna failed to pay the 2016 property taxes on their $700,000 house in the Cherokee Gardens neighborhood of Louisville, according to records from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The $9,157.05 bill was due Dec. 31 and remains unpaid as of Wednesday.

Grimes: no evidence of voter fraud in Kentucky Video included

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes calls claims of voter fraud in Kentucky "irresponsible and unfounded."

Kentucky lawmakers promise same focus but slower pace as 2017 session resumes

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From restricting abortion to passing right to work, state lawmakers were very busy during the first week of the 2017 session.

Six newcomers to fill seats on University of Louisville Foundation board

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Six Louisville-area business people and financial professionals are set to join the board of directors of the University of Louisville Foundation as the organization continues efforts to clean up its finances and operations.

University of Louisville faces new accreditation problems related to nonprofit foundation

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Already on probation with its accrediting agency, the University of Louisville now faces additional accreditation problems related to financial issues associated with its nonprofit foundation. 

'Boot camp' held for Louisville lawyers wanting to take on President Trump's immigration orders Video included

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Presenters from the ACLU and Human Rights Section of the Louisville Bar Association spoke to the local attorneys about the recent executive orders from the White House and ways to help local clients.

Four longtime University of Louisville Foundation board members resign

Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video) Margaret Handmaker, left, was among the directors who resigned from the U of L Foundation board. She is shown here with former foundation director Junior Bridgeman at a meeting July 10, 2015. (image from foundation video)
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Four longtime board members of the University of Louisville Foundation resigned in recent days, the latest sign that the nonprofit organization is headed in a different direction after former president James Ramsey left last year. 

Indiana bill could make cursive mandatory in classrooms Video included

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Indiana State school officials decided to make cursive lessons optional back in 2011.

Mammoth Cave between a rock and a hard place after President Trump's executive orders Video included

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President Donald Trump signed an executive order to freeze hiring across the federal government, including national parks like Mammoth Cave.

Gov. Bevin promises activity, urgency in Republican state legislature's second week Video included

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The new Republican majority in the legislature passed seven bills in the first week dealing with the economy and restricting abortion.

Senate confirms Rex Tillerson as President Trump's secretary of state

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Sen. Ben Cardin, the Foreign Relations Committee's top Democrat, says he feared Tillerson would be a "yes man" and would not be able to prevent Trump from pursuing a misguided foreign policy that leads the country "on a march of folly."

Many immigrants who worked for US government in Middle East are affected by travel ban Video included

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President Donald Trump's immigration order is impacting those who have put their lives on the line by aiding the U.S. government.

Protesters say McConnell avoiding phone calls from opponents of Trump immigration orders Video included

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McConnell's office blames jammed phone lines on "liberal activists."

Amazon will build $1.5 billion air hub in Northern Kentucky Video included

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Online retail giant Amazon is considering building a $1.5 billion hub for its budding Prime Air shipping service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky officials approved an offer of $40 million in state and local economic development incentives to entice Amazon to go through with the project.

Indiana governor cautiously backs Trump immigration order Video included

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Indiana's governor is giving cautious support to President Donald Trump's executive order restricting refugees and immigration into the country.

GOP forced to delay Senate committee votes on Price, Mnuchin

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Democrats blocked planned Senate committee votes on President Donald Trump's picks to be Health and Treasury secretaries on Tuesday, boycotting the session and demanding more information on the two nominees' past financial behavior.

Trump fires acting Attorney General after she declines to defend travel ban

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President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night for "refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States," the White House said. 

Report finds no proof that Gov. Bevin stopped road project to retaliate against Democratic rival Video included

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The report also states that the reason no proof is found is because the Bevin administration blocked the testimony of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials.

Kentucky investors rush to snap up state's 'angel' tax credits

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Well-heeled Kentucky investors have snapped up nearly all of the state’s “angel investor” tax credits for 2017, and most of the start-up companies receiving funding are in the Louisville area. 

SPOKESMAN: Trump administration wants to impose 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico Video included

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The White House is now offering some details on how the border wall between the United States and Mexico might be paid for.

VIDEO | Trump to GOP lawmakers: 'Our chance to achieve great change' Video included

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President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to help him enact "great and lasting change" during a party retreat Thursday, but offered the lawmakers few details about his views on key issues including tax reform and health care.

Mexican president cancels trip to Washington after disagreement over wall funding

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Trump tweeted Thursday morning that if Mexico isn't willing to pay for his planned border wall, then "it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting" in Washington.

New Ky. law concerning abortions and ultrasounds heading to federal court next month

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A lawsuit hopes to put a temporary halt on the law.

President Trump signs immigration actions to build border wall

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"We've been talking about this right from the beginning," President Trump said, according to the Associated Press. 

Medley named chairwoman of University of Louisville Foundation; Schnatter questions real estate investments

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Diane Medley, the managing partner of Louisville accounting firm MCM LLP, was elected chairwoman pro-tem of the University of Louisville Foundation on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Papa John's CEO John Schnatter questioned the organization's investments in real estate.

Louisville activists protest what they call President Trump's 'swamp cabinet' Video included

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They claim President Trump is pushing nominees for top cabinet posts they say add to the culture of corruption.

U.S. Senate committee approves nomination of Elaine Chao to head U.S. Dept. of Transportation Video included

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Chao is the wife of U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

Proposal would grant raises for Indiana's governor and other state officials Video included

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Senator Randy Head introduced a bill that authorizes the bump in pay.

Judge blocks Humana-Aetna merger Video included

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A federal judge has blocked Aetna's proposed $37 billion takeover of Louisville-based Humana, calling the merger anti-competitive. 

SUNDAY EDITION | Kentucky unions begin new era under right-to-work law Video included

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WDRB.com business reporter Chris Otts looks at the impact Kentucky's new right-to-work law may have on unions.

Trump gets down to business, prepares to sign order withdrawing US from trade deal

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The president is expected to sign an order taking the U.S. out of the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which he railed against during the campaign and which Hillary Clinton previously supported before distancing herself from the deal.

Gregory Postel named interim president of University of Louisville Video included

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The newly appointed board of trustees also wasted no time getting other business, including the university's troubled foundation.

Three buses leave Louisville to join women's march in Washington, D.C. Video included

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Some women say they want to send a bold message to the Trump administration on Saturday.

Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president Video included

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Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.

Transcript: Donald Trump's presidential inaugural address Video included

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A transcript of Donald Trump's inaugural address, delivered Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after his swearing-in as the 45th president of the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence thanks Hoosiers as he begins term

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The comments came Thursday night during Indiana's inaugural ball.

Kentucky presidential historian talks about Friday's transfer of power Video included

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President elect-Donald Trump takes the oath of office on Friday, and a local presidential historian said he predicted a Trump win, even when the polls said differently.

University of Louisville president "confident" accrediting agency will lift probation Video included

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University of Louisville Acting President Neville Pinto is "confident" that the university's accrediting agency will take the school off probation later this year. Speaking to reporters Thursday at a meeting of the U of L Athletics Association, Pinto said a bill sponsored by Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers related to university boards appears "well aligned with the expectations" of the accrediting group.

Sen. Rand Paul proposes plan to improve U.S. health care system Video included

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Paul's approach would wipe clean Obamacare mandates, allowing people to get whatever insurance they want.

Kentucky's 'Bluegrass Ball' to celebrate inauguration in Washington, D.C. Wednesday night

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The celebration of the presidential inauguration is set to feature foods grown and produced in Kentucky. The Madrigal Choir of Sacred Heart Academy is also set to perform.

Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson to serve as executive in residence at Bellarmine University Video included

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Abramson will teach courses on leadership and civics and be available as a guest lecturer in other classes.

RAW VIDEO | Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb delivers State of the State speech Video included

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb praised a county health department nurse's work in running a needle-exchange program while calling in his State of the State speech for more action to fight drug abuse.

Bevin names 10 to re-worked University of Louisville board of trustees Video included

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Gov. Matt Bevin named ten appointees Tuesday to serve on the reconstituted University of Louisville board of trustees. With one exception, the appointees are the same people Bevin attempted to install last summer by using executive power to abolish the board and create a new one – a move that was later blocked by a Circuit Court judge.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence to use Ronald Reagan's family Bible during inauguration Video included

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The former Indiana governor will take office as Vice President, just before Donald Trump is sworn in as President.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to deliver first State of the State speech Video included

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New Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to call for a long-term infrastructure plan that will likely include a tax increase during his first State of the State speech.

Trump reportedly insists healthcare replacement will have 'insurance for everybody'

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Trump declined to reveal the pertinent details of the new healthcare plan, but told The Post in the interview published Sunday night that drug companies will be forced to negotiate on Medicare and Medicaid prices.

Pence urges Americans to unite on Inauguration Day, says he's 'disappointed' in Lewis' comments

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“Donald Trump won this election fair and square,” Pence told “Fox News Sunday.” “The American people know that.”

Kentucky leaders hosting public forum focused on healthcare concerns Video included

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The event is part of a National Day of Action across the country.

Records: Former Senate President David Williams didn't boost pension with judgeship

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In 2012, former Gov. Steve Beshear persuaded his longtime political nemesis David Williams to leave the state legislature by appointing Williams to a vacant judgeship in his hometown of Burkesville. But records released Friday show Williams didn't use the judicial post to goose his state pension.

SACS blames Bevin for University of Louisville probation, silent on legislative fixes

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The University of Louisville’s accreditation was placed on probationary status last month solely because of Gov. Matt Bevin’s actions last summer to abolish the school’s board of trustees while negotiating the exit of former university president James Ramsey, according to a letter from the university’s accrediting agency. But there are still questions about how SACS will view the legislature's fixes.

Report: Beshear officials solicited political contributions from state employees Video included

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Officials in the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear routinely broke the law by soliciting political contributions from state employees, according to a report commissioned by Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration. The report relies entirely on unnamed sources.

Gov. Matt Bevin visits Detroit to promote Kentucky's auto industry Video included

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On Wednesday, Gov. Bevin posted a photo on Twitter from the North American International Auto Show.

Abortion law escalates war of words between Gov. Bevin and Attorney General Beshear Video included

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Beshear refuses to defend law banning late-term abortions. Bevin accuses him of pandering to his base. 

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb proposes funding increase for public schools

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Legislators will be debating the budget over the next four months.

Bevin administration to pull workers from 31 Ky. employment offices Video included

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration plans to reduce the number of state offices that can handle unemployment insurance claims from 51 to 20 in a reorganization that will take effect Feb. 15. The plan, announced within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet on Tuesday, will consolidate Kentucky Office of Employment and Training employees into 12 regional hubs and eight other satellite offices. 

'Yes we did' - Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech

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President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump.

It's not a silver bullet, but official says Kentucky's new right-to-work law will help attract business

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Opponents fear the law will weaken unions and drive down wages.

Men in KKK costumes disrupt Sessions confirmation hearing

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Protesters disrupted Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general on Tuesday, including two men wearing Ku Klux Klan costumes and a woman wearing a pink crown.

GE Appliances, union reach tentative deal on labor contract Video included

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GE Appliances and the union representing about 3,800 rank-and-file workers at Appliance Park have reached a revised deal on a new labor contract, union president Dana Crittendon said Monday. The deal comes after members of the IUE-CWA Local 761 voted overwhelmingly in November to reject an earlier proposal.

Eric Holcomb sworn in as Indiana's 51st governor Video included

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Former Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb was sworn in today as the 51st Governor of Indiana.

McConnell meets with Trump a day ahead of confirmation hearings Video included

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The Senate begins confirmation hearings Tuesday on Trump's cabinet nominees.

CNN: Jared Kushner to be named senior adviser to the president

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The move comes ahead of a Wednesday news conference in which Trump is expected to detail how he plans to manage his company's conflicts-of-interest after he enters the White House.

McCONNELL: Affordable Care Act to be replaced 'rapidly'

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U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Obama's health care law could be repealed in the Senate as early as this week.

Kentucky Senate passes House Bill 2 concerning ultrasounds for women considering abortions

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Lawmakers passed the measure during a rare Saturday morning session.

Vice President-elect Pence says farewell to the Hoosier state

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Vice president-elect Mike Pence bids farewell to Hoosiers before taking office January 20.

Labor, abortion bills get final approval from Kentucky legislature Video included

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In approving the bills, the House and Senate capped an opening week of the General Assembly that saw Republicans wield their new majority in both chambers to quickly advance policies at the top of their agenda.

Senate passes bill making Kentucky 'right-to-work' state Video included

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 It already had passed the Kentucky House and now moves to Gov. Matt Bevin's desk to be signed into law.

University of Louisville board overhaul continues on legislative fast track

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A bill that would remake the University of Louisville board of trustees continued on its fast track through the state legislature Friday.

Bill requiring women to get an ultrasound prior to abortion heads to full senate

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One by one, groups for and against Kentucky House Bill 2 presented their arguments to a senate committee on health and welfare.

Incoming Indiana governor has plans to modify needle exchange program

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Governor-elect Eric Holcomb says he wants a new law that will allow local officials to establish their own needle exchanges.

Kentucky bill would make it a felony to sexually assault cat or dog

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A bill proposed by a Kentucky state legislator would make it a felony to sexually assault a cat or dog.

Ky. Senate approves bill to abolish University of Louisville board of trustees Video included

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The Republican-led state Senate approved a bill Thursday to abolish and replace the University of Louisville board of trustees, over the objections of Democrats who said there’s no assurance the measure would straighten out the university’s problems with its accrediting agency.

President-elect Trump reportedly picks Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence Video included

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Coats served two stints as a U.S. Senator, the first of which was from 1989 to 1999.

Indiana Governor-elect Holcomb announces legislative goals for upcoming year

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana's next governor has announced what he hopes to get done in the legislature. Republican Governor-elect Eric Holcomb released his legislative agenda on Thursday.  He says he wants to help Indiana's economy grow, create a 20-year plan to fund roads, develop a skilled workforce, address the state's drug epidemic and modernize Indiana's government agencies. Holcomb will be sworn in as governor at a ceremony next Monday. Copyright 2017 WDRB Media. ...

House Judiciary Committee passes bill requiring an ultrasound 24 hours before abortion Video included

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A bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion took a first step toward passage after an emotional and contentious hearing hear at the Capitol.

Ky. lawmakers delay approval of Bevin's University of Louisville overhaul

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State lawmakers delayed action Wednesday on a bill approving Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to abolish the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and replace it with a new, smaller set of members. The House’s state government committee had planned to take up House Bill 10, but committee chairman Jerry Miller of Louisville said the bill was not ready.

Hoover elected House Speaker as Republicans take control for first time since 1921 Video included

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Democrats say they will hold new GOP majority accountable.

Indiana Senate opens legislative session

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Indiana Senators have returned to work.

Ky. House elects Jeff Hoover as first Republican Speaker since 1921

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Jeff Hoover was elected Tuesday morning to serve as Speaker for the Kentucky House.

Preparing to make history, incoming GOP House Speaker says he’s overwhelmed, but ready to go Video included

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Lawmakers will make history Tuesday when they gather in Frankfort for the 2017 session.

Holcomb taps Allen County's Klutz to be Indiana auditor Video included

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Republican Indiana governor-elect Eric Holcomb says he has selected GOP Allen County auditor Tera Klutz to be the next state auditor.

SUNDAY EDITION | Bevin administration looks to revive apprenticeships in Kentucky Video included

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To ease a shortage of skilled workers in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is trying to revive a classic model for job training: apprenticeships.

Income tax rate to drop slightly for Indiana residents Video included

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It's part of a reduction that Republican Governor Mike Pence pushed during his 2012 campaign.

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