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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trump had second, previously undisclosed conversation with Putin in Germany

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

Trump attorneys seek protective order blocking deposition

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

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

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

Bevin administration hears public comment on proposed Medicaid changes

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

Company behind planned eastern Kentucky aluminum plant announces board members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donald Trump Jr. posts emails about meeting with Russian lawyer

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

Secretaries of State pass resolution supporting state rights to oversee elections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GOP leader McConnell acknowledges health care drive may fall short

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

Senator Bernie Sanders to speak in Kentucky this weekend

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Senator Bernie Sanders is scheduled to visit Kentucky this Sunday.

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

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

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

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

Indiana senators field questions about Affordable Care Act over holiday weekend

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

Kentucky officials alter proposal to change state's Medicaid program

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

Several new laws go into effect on Saturday in Indiana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fischer said two conventions have already pulled out of Louisville.

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

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

Lacking votes, Senate GOP delay health care vote

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

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

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

Kentucky senators on forefront of GOP healthcare fight Video included

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

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

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

Councilman Dan Johnson threatens lawsuit after sexual harassment allegation Video included

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comey says he was fired because of Russia investigation Video included

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President Trump reveals pick for next FBI Director

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

President Donald Trump to visit Kentucky next week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

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