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Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to allow betting on sporting events across the board in 2018, there’s been high interest in the idea. Initially relegated to Nevada, it’s now been approved by 20 states. Kentucky had an opportunity to be one of the first to get in …

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It’s past time for Kentucky to comply with the new Real ID standards, which is why it is critical for the governor and other state leaders to continue to make this a priority. The state has seemingly been dragging its feet on the issue for several years and has been granted several extension…

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We agree with a Republican state senator from Lexington and a Democratic state representative from Louisville that the discredited practice of "conversion therapy" for LGBTQ children needs to be put to an end. Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr and Rep. Lisa Willner have introduced bills that would ban c…

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A Corbin man indicted previously indicted in Whitley County on rape and child pornography charges involving a 15-year-old girl, has been indicted in federal court in connection with the child pornography. Amos Sparkman who was indicted in November on rape and child pornography charges in Whi…

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I think the beauty of this is that it doesn't rule witnesses either in or out. I think this is a better way to go, to give the House managers the opportunity to make their arguments." – Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. You might assume the senator made that comment recently, as the Senate wrestle…

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A sixth-month-old baby girl rescued from a vehicle wreck Saturday that killed her parents just west of Harrodsburg is healthy and is the focus of an outpouring of love and support in Mercer County, a family friend said. Emori Jade Sparks, was released from the hospital the morning after the …

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One of the three suspects in Madisonville’s only 2019 murder case will spend five years in prison for four different charges. Hopkins County Commonwealth’s Attorney Kathryn Senter said Thursday that Ryne B. Bruch, 23, of Madisonville pleaded guilty to all the counts against him at a pre-tria…

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has located a teenager who was reported missing earlier this month. Sheriff Chris Quire told The State Journal Haylee Marie Martin, 17, was found by Georgetown Police early Friday morning after the department responded to a tip about her whereabouts.

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A man, who reportedly charged toward two Radcliff Police De­partment officers early Thursday morning, will face charges from an armed robbery at a Navaho Drive residence, authorities say. The man was shot multiple times by the officers and taken to Hardin Memorial Hos­pital and later flown t…

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The body of a woman missing after a residential fire has been found after a days-long search through the remains of the Union, Kentucky house. Officials announced Friday morning the remains found in the Kaitlin Drive home were being sent to Louisville to be identified, according to Enquirer …

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A jury trial of Tammy Feinauer has so far focused on her admitted alcohol consumption and an allegation of text messaging before a head-on crash that killed a mother and child. On March 3, 2016, Desirae Hensely was taking her eight-year-old daughter Jakyra Cundiff to Tristate Urgent Care sho…

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Kentucky State Police Post 1 said Wednesday that it received a call from Livingston County High School in Smithland regarding a possible incident involving the sexual abuse of a juvenile. In a news release, KSP Post 1 Trooper Adam Jones said that, through the investigation conducted by Kentu…

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A group of volunteers is coming to Owensboro in June to repair houses for low-income families. Kentucky Changers, a ministry of the Louisville-based Women’s Missionary Union, is coming to the area June 13-19. The group is modeled after World Changers, a faith-based organization that focuses …

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College and the University of Louisville announced a memorandum of understanding Thursday that will bring a U of L School of Dentistry clinic to the WKCTC campus, beginning as early as this summer. The clinic will be open to the public and geared toward …

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The safety of a college matters. In a time when crime seems to be on the rise, safety has understandably become a major concern for prospective college students and their parents. In recent years, University of the Cumberlands instigated additional measures to improve security on campus. It …

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Lexington and Louisville are more diverse than they were a decade ago, but they are still far behind the rest of the country, according to a new study by U.S. News & World Report. Kentucky’s two largest cities are among the five-least diverse big cities in the U.S., the analysis shows. O…

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Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday that the two-year state budget proposal he will give lawmakers next week “will have a small amount of new revenue,” but less than what lawmakers enacted in the state budget two years ago. It will not increase the state’s 6 percent sales tax, he said, but will …

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On the second anniversary of a deadly shooting at Kentucky’s Marshall County High School, a bill that would allow school resource officers to carry a gun was approved Thursday by the General Assembly’s Senate Education Committee. “That sworn law enforcement officer who is within the school w…

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Bethany Boynton had just turned 16 when Brett Whittaker killed her parents while driving drunk a decade ago. It's the same age as Brett's daughter when he walked out of prison last month after receiving a pardon from Gov. Matt Bevin. Despite her loss, Bethany, now 25, never harbored bitterne…

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Two more people in Louisville have died from the flu over the past two weeks, officials said Friday. The latest fatalities, which involved two elderly individuals with underlying medical conditions, bring the number of flu deaths in Louisville this flu season to five, according to a Louisvil…

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Senate Republicans wasted no time passing one of their highest priority bills of the 2020 legislative session on Thursday, easily approving a bill requiring Kentuckians to show government-issued photo identification in order to vote. Senate Bill 2 passed the full chamber by a 29-9 vote, with…

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An Indianapolis resident arrested last year after an investigation into an alleged underage labor scheme has been indicted on human trafficking charges in Warren County. Shawn Floyd, 54, was indicted Wednesday on 12 counts of human trafficking (victim less than 18 years of age). The indictme…

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A bill has been filed in the 2020 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly to impose an excise tax on the sale of e-cigarettes. A new poll from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found the vast majority of Kentucky adults favor such a tax on e-cigarettes, bringing them in line wit…

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This whole impeachment process by Democrats in the House that we’ve had to witness for the past few months has been nothing but a partisan political process, as illustrated by the vote being almost entirely on partisan lines. Ever since the day that President Donald Trump was elected preside…

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In today’s #BadBillWatch, we’re going to look at the handful of abortion bills that appear with the consistency of sunrise every session. What I find so interesting is that the legislators who always file these kinds of bills don’t seem as interested in legislation that helps children once t…

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A woman charged with killing a man while her pit bull bit him told police she blacked out and didn’t remember the attack, a Kentucky State Police detective testified Wednesday. Detective Ryan Loudermilk said Melissa Wolke told him she’d had earlier incidents of blacking out after drinking al…

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told The Washington Post that 45 Republicans are willing to dismiss the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress that President Donald Trump faces during the Senate's impeachment trial. The Washington Post reported this and other comments Paul mad…

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Law enforcement agencies are still stumped on the whereabouts of a 17-year-old who went missing from her southwestern Franklin County home on Jan. 12 or 13. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police have been searching for Haylee Marie Martin for more than 10 days. Early…

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On the eve of the second year passing since the Marshall County High School shooting, the Facilitators of Community Unity and Support (FOCUS) group is hosting a Night of Hope and Healing ceremony and the community is invited to attend. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in the Kenne…

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“No one deserves to suffer at the hands of these two again,” Michelle Marlow’s mother, Anna Rigney, told Whitley Circuit Judge Paul Winchester Tuesday afternoon during the sentencing hearing for her daughter’s two killers. Nearly two and one-half years after Marlow’s death, her killers, Chri…

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Cape Air’s first flight from Owensboro to Nashville left at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday, landed in Nashville 38 minutes later and pulled up to the terminal, Airport Director Rob Barnett said. Officials at Nashville International Airport were there to welcome the new airline, he said. All nine seats …

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In a news release, Calloway County Sheriff Sam Steger said a Calloway County High School student is in custody at a juvenile detention center after making bomb threats against the school. Steger said tthe Calloway County Sheriff’s Office and the Calloway County Board of Education conducted a…

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The idea of converting a gay person into a straight person isn't an idea House Speaker David Osborne or Senate President Robert Stivers have given much thought. This came up at a late-night press conference this month, shortly after Gov. Andy Beshear's State of the Commonwealth address, wher…

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A Kentucky legislator is pulling a controversial proposal that would have allowed the police to stop people and demand identification after being pilloried on social media. Senate Bill 89 would have allowed a police officer to stop a person in a public place they suspected to be involved in …

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Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that Kentuckians will be able to get their Real IDs at any office that has already rolled out the cards. For example, if you're from Louisville and happen to be in Frankfort, you can now get your Real ID there, he said. "We are not going to restrict this offi…

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A Lexington restaurant is getting some national love after being named one of the top 20 new restaurants in 2019 according to OpenTable. Epping’s on Eastside made the list with a score of four and a half stars, based on more than 350 reviews that gave it a 93 percent recommended rating. Anot…

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A Montgomery County farmer has admitted selling cattle in other peoples’ names to avoid using the money to pay his loans. Steven Ray Williams, 58, pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to one charge of bank fraud and one charge of aggravated identify theft. Williams pledged 34 pieces …

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A milder version of a bill requiring people to show photo identification before they are allowed to vote passed a Senate Committee Wednesday as Kentucky Republicans attempt to push through stricter voting standards before the 2020 elections. The revision makes three changes aimed at addressi…

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Children from Islamic schools in Kentucky were heckled by three men outside the Kentucky Capitol Wednesday as they boarded a bus after attending the inaugural Kentucky Muslim Day at the Capitol. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, located in Washington D.C., posted a video on Facebook…

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One person was shot in an incident Thursday morning involving a Radcliff Police Department officer on Navaho Court, according to Kentucky State Police. KSP Post 4 spokesman Scotty Sharp said the injured person has non-life threatening injuries from the shooting and was transported to Univers…

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A 4-month-old baby is in critical condition at UK’s Children’s Hospital and her father is in jail charged with causing her injuries. RheaLeigh Webber is the infant daughter of Robert and Chellsea Vergara Webber of Cynthiana.

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With rising inmate populations and crumbling prison infrastructure depleting the state of much-needed funding, it is time to stop treating drug addiction as a crime and start regarding it as the public health issue that it is. We agree with the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce that reclassifying…

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When does advertising go too far? There are advertisements on TV, on radio, in this paper, on websites, in your mail, in your social media feeds, on billboards, sandwiched between YouTube videos, in your smartphone’s notifications, on your favorite team’s stadium … Advertising these days is …

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Some day, when the history books are written, Mitch McConnell will be held accountable. That’s when he will be fully understood as the architect of much of democracy’s degradation, from a political system that works only for the highest bidders to the ridiculous spectacle of the United State…

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More than 21/2 years after they were charged, three National Guardsmen accused of various sexual crimes pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday. Anthony Tubolino, Tyler Hart and Jacob Ruth were charged in June 2017 after a victim reported to police that the three, along with co-defenda…

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Genova Products announced Tuesday it intends to permanently close its Paducah plant while continuing to seek a buyer for the company, which has local officials hopeful the plant's 100-plus jobs can ultimately be saved. Joseph Pusateri, Genova director of operations, said in an email the plum…

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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will extend the hemp pilot research pilot program for one more year as the state awaits the finalization of the United States Department of Agriculture final rules regarding a national commercial hemp program. The announcement made by Kentucky Commissio…

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined 20 other Republican attorneys general Wednesday in calling for the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. "This body should never permit impeachment proceedings to proceed where they are permeated with the …

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Churchill Downs made a huge play in Kentucky thoroughbred racing when it bought Turfway Park last fall, propelled by a vision for a $100 million makeover. Once a thriving venue, Turfway's fortunes plunged during the last two decades under owners who bet that Kentucky would legalize casino ga…

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell defended his proposed rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump as fair and even-handed in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, but he quickly tweaked them in light of key Democratic concerns. However, not long after he made those comments on the Se…