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Stories with person: Robert Stivers
  • Senate leaders ask for special session 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 5:53 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The support of the governor, attorney general and leaders of both parties in the state legislature was not enough to pass a bill strengthening sentences for serious heroin dealers and expanding the state's substance abuse treatment programs.

  • Lawmakers fail to approve bonding for Rupp project 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:57 am
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The clock finally ran out on a proposal to insert state-supported bonding into the financing packaging to renovate Rupp Arena.

  • House approves ethics reform 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:19 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved sweeping changes to the Legislative Ethics Commission on Monday in an attempt to quell the political storm that erupted last week after the panel did not punish a former lawmaker accused of sexual harassment.

  • Gov. clears way for broader projects at colleges 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 8:52 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Gov. Steve Beshear said Friday that he vetoed language in the state budget bill that threatened to scale back an ambitious round of construction projects at community and technical college campuses in Kentucky.

  • Ky. Lawmakers vote to offer bourbon tax credit 
    Updated: Apr-03-14 5:23 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky has more barrels of bourbon than it does people - and soon those barrels could be aging tax free.

  • Kentucky legislature finishing work for 2014 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 6:47 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - The Kentucky General Assembly on Monday banned electronic cigarette sales to minors and approved the state's first use of a medicinal marijuana product, among other measures, on the legislature's last day before the upcoming veto session.

  • In Kentucky, redistricting changes little 
    Updated: Mar-31-14 2:04 am
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Despite a contentious lawsuit and dramatic regional population shifts, Kentucky's 2013 congressional and legislative redistricting processes have resulted in political stasis.

  • Kentucky lawmakers battle over cancer funding 
    Updated: Mar-27-14 4:25 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Earlier this month Kentucky lawmakers Dan Seum and Rocky Adkins - both cancer survivors - spoke at a news conference advocating for an extra $1 million to expand a state colon cancer screening program.

  • Senate budget would cut state mining inspections 
    Updated: Mar-26-14 9:01 pm
  • FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Coal mines in Kentucky would be subject to fewer state inspections under the Senate's budget proposal - a change that safety advocates say would raise the risk for miners, but one the plan's proponents argue is justified given declining mining operations in the state.