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Columns

  • SB 43 would create death benefits for EMS personnel killed in the line of duty

    As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Be an advocate for education

    By Dr. Chris Howlett

  • Bills that promote public safety, consumer protection pass House

    When it comes to the public’s safety and well being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.
    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • You’re more than a number

    On a scale from one to 10, what would you rate me?
    WAIT… STOP!
    Please don’t answer that question.
    It’s a ridiculous question.
    I’m more than a number.
    And, for anyone to label me or anyone else with a specific number based on appearance is disgusting and incredibly disturbing.

  • SB 1 could change Kentucky’s academic standards

    The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session. It saw the passage of an education measure to reevaluate, and possibly change, Kentucky’s academic standards in classrooms and assessments of what public school students should know.
    Senate Bill (SB) 1, a designation reserved for what’s considered the Senate President’s top priority of a session, would reexamine Common Core standards that Kentucky led the nation in adopting six years ago.

  • Automotive career opportunities growing across region, state

    By Kim Huston

    The automotive industry has not only completed its recovery from the Great Recession, but also broke light vehicle sales records in 2015. With this growth, communities in the Lincoln Trail region and across the Commonwealth are positioned to realize even greater opportunities.

  • Exciting week in Frankfort

    Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.
    The national organization Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky.

  • The ‘wow' factor

    By Kenny Fogle

    It’s called the “WOW” factor. When you see something for the first time or see it in a new light from what you had expected, you just have to stand back and appreciate what is in front of you. It happens all the time, but it still is a great feeling every time it does. 

  • Logging off

    Hello, my name is Stevie Lowery and I am a Facebook addict.
    Correction: I was a Facebook addict.
    At 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, Facebook and I went on a break.
    And, to the surprise of many, including myself, we have not reunited.
    In fact, our “break” might end up being a “breakup.”
    And, I’ll tell you why. I feel like I owe my 1,000-plus “friends” an explanation.

  • The survey says…

    The fifth week of the 2016 legislative session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.