FRANKFORT — The Consensus Forecasting Group says a preliminary estimate shows a slight growth in state revenue for the next two years and should be useful when lawmakers begin biennial budget talks next year.

Register Editor Jonathan Greene chats with Ashley Spalding, senior policy analyst for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, on the proposed Madison County jail expansion and jail reform.

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In late September, police accused a truck driver of having a cellphone mounted on his dash playing a video that was distracting him when his tractor-trailer struck a jeep killing a Bedford man and seriously injuring his passenger.

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State Budget Director John Chilton said Kentucky's tax collections in September decreased nearly $13 million from last year.

FRANKFORT— Six years ago, the Kentucky General Assembly created a framework for production of industrial hemp. Now the state is a hemp production leader, with around 26,000 acres planted this year alone.

FRANKFORT -- Kentucky hemp growers and processors may apply for a hemp license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's hemp program for 2020, starting in November.

FRANKFORT — A thoroughbred racing think tank has asked Kentucky lawmakers to consider allowing a new type of bet on horse races.

FRANKFORT— Bachelor’s degrees awarded at Kentucky’s public universities increased 12 percent overall under a performance-based funding model directed by the 2016 General Assembly, state lawmakers were told this week.

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LOUISVILLE — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he'll push to exempt military veterans' retirement from state taxation if he wins a second term in November. It's part of the Republican incumbent's comprehensive tax proposal.

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FRANKFORT -- Kentucky's former House speaker says he won't run for reelection in 2020, capping a long legislative career tarnished by his involvement in a secret sexual harassment settlement.

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WASHINGTON — Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that Senate rules would require him to take up any articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if approved by the House, swatting down talk that that the GOP-controlled chamber could dodge the matter entirely.

FRANKFORT -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding Kentucky's Ultrasound Informed Consent law.


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