Kentucky

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Campbell County is joining more than 80 Kentucky counties banning outdoor burning. The move is in response to a drought and wildfires burning in seven eastern Kentucky counties.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition we present an in-depth look at the developments behind the headlines. 

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The final exhibit curated by Cincinnati Art Museum’s Curator of Photography Brian Sholis before his move to Toronto is the first major museum survey of the Lexington Camera Club’s artistic achievements. 

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Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet is preparing to submit its application for another deadline extension on meeting the federal Real ID act. Without an extension or change to state law, beginning Jan. 22, 2018, Kentuckians won't be able to use just their driver's licenses as identification when flying domestically.

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Kentucky is making a new push to land professional boxing and wrestling events. Chairman of the reorganized Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Commission Chad Miller says he'd like to land a big event as early as this fall.

"I am an eternal optimist so I try to go big anytime I do anything."

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about Saturday's Kentucky GOP presidential caucus, which gave Donald Trump a modest victory and gave a major headache to voters stuck in traffic and long lines at the polling places. 

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked Friday morning with news director Maryanne Zeleznik about Saturday's Kentucky Republican presidential caucus and how it will work. 

If you need to locate your polling place for the caucus, you can find it at the Kentucky Republican Party's website. 

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the role Ohio and Kentucky are likely to play in the selection of Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.

Kentucky voters head to the polls next Tuesday to choose the commonwealth'’s next governor: businessman and Republican Matt Bevin, or Democrat and current Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Legalizing marijuana in Ohio. A new governor in Kentucky. A fiercely debated park levy in Cincinnati. And literally hundreds of other candidate races and ballot issues.

All are to be decided Nov. 3, in an “off-year” election.

Meet Kentucky's Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon

Aug 28, 2015
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Barbara Gray talks with the 2015-16 Poet Laureate for Kentucky, George Ella Lyon, about what the poet laureate does and her goals for her year.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about where things stand with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's bid for the GOP presidential nomination and the Kentucky GOP creating a presidential caucus so GOP presidential contender Rand Paul can be on the primary ballot as a candidate for re-election to the Senate next year. 

August has not been kind to Rand Paul, Kentucky’s junior senator and one of 17 contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.

In fact, August has been downright rude to Paul.

Not much has gone right for Paul lately.

Kentucky's Fancy Farm: Chopped Mutton, Politicians Hurling Insults

Aug 3, 2015
Rob Canning

For some in Western Kentucky, the annual Fancy Farm Picnic is about chopped mutton and pork, bingo and music.

But for the rest of the state it’s that weekend in August when politicians roll up their shirt sleeves and yell into a sea of cheers and boos.

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U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky says he will rule no earlier than the week of August 11, 2015 in a case involving whether Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite her religious beliefs.

Since its discovery in 1739, Big Bone Lick in Boone County has drawn the attention of naturalists and paleontologists from around the world. The first organized paleontological excavation in North America was conducted there in 1807.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about the divisions among Kentucky Republicans; and how gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin can mend fences for the fall campaign. 

WVXU politics reporters Howard Wilkinson talked with news director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday morning about tomorrow's GOP gubernatorial primary in Kentucky, which appears to be too close to call.

Voters in Kentucky head to the polls next Tuesday for the commonwealth’'s primary elections. There are four Republicans and two Democrats vying to be their party’'s candidate for governor in the November general election.

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is touring the commonwealth touting a top rating by Site Selection magazine. The award recognizes Kentucky as the top state for economic development projects per capita in 2014.

Kentucky 49th in bike friendliness

May 13, 2015

A national bicycling-advocacy group says Kentucky ranks 49th among the 50 states in "bike friendliness."

The League of American Bicyclists’ annual report ranks states on criteria such as policy, legal and safety protections and roadway infrastructure.

  “Dreamers & Doers: VOICES of Kentucky Women” is a film documentary inspired by the women in the Commonwealth who boldly opened doors in politics, science, education, entertainment, literature, athletics, religion and the military. Joining us to discuss film and the achievements of some of the more than 40 women portrayed in the documentary are Eleanor Jordan, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women; Dr.

Representatives from three of the four Republican tickets for Kentucky Governor will debate Wednesday night.

Gubernatorial candidates Matt Bevin and Hal Heiner are expected to join Lt. Governor candidate Chris McDaniel (representing the James Comer/McDaniel ticket) at Northern Kentucky University. The debate is sponsored by the NKU College Republicans and is supposed to focus on NKU students, according to a media release.

The debate will be held at the NKU University Center Otto Budig Theater at 5 p.m.

Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, has been off and running (officially) for the Republican presidential nomination for nearly a week now.

He has, in fact, been running for several years, but he made it official last week with his “Stand with Rand” tour through early primary and caucus states – Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada.

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Zotefoams Inc. is expanding its operations in Walton, KY.

The cross-linked block foams manufacturer plans to invest nearly $22 million to expand its North American headquarters and create 25 jobs.

In a statement, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says, “We’re extremely pleased that a company of Zotefoams’ worldwide influence would choose to expand operations in the Commonwealth, which is another testament to Kentucky being the ideal place for companies to do business.”

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson talked this morning with Jay Hanselman about the possibility that both Ohio and Kentucky will have contenders for the GOP presidential nomination - Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky's Sen. Rand Paul.

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  The 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is underway, and many of the issues being debated could have a direct affect on not just Northern Kentucky but Cincinnati as well.

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An icon of Kentucky politics, former governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, has died at the age of 90 at his Owensboro home.

Ford, whose political career in Kentucky spanned four decades, was diagnosed last year with a malignancy on one of his lungs and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The Owensboro Democrat represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the U.S. Senate for a quarter of a century, from 1974 until 1999.

WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with Maryanne Zeleznik, looking at what is coming in politics in the new year and beyond.

Beshear names Luallen to succeed Abramson

Nov 6, 2014
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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen former state Auditor Crit Luallen to serve as his lieutenant governor in his final year in office.

Luallen will replace Jerry Abramson, the former longtime Louisville mayor who is stepping down as lieutenant governor to accept a job in President Barack Obama's administration.

She worked for several governors dating back to the 1970s, and rose through the ranks to become secretary of the executive cabinet in then-Gov. Paul Patton's administration.

Luallen said she quickly accepted Beshear’s invitation to be Lt. Governor.

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