Mitch McConnell

U.S. Congress

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.

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell made a stop in the commonwealth Thursday. He spoke at the Northern Kentucky Area Development District's annual meeting.

Much of his speech focused on why he should be re-elected this November, but he began by addressing the region's heroin epidemic.

"It's the scourge of our rather affluent society," says McConnell, "but I think continuing to double down and cooperate at all levels of government is absolutely essential."

McConnell says Northern Kentucky remains the epicenter of the epidemic.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will deliver a lecture on the life and career of his former Senate colleague, Jim Bunning, on Friday at Northern Kentucky University. .

The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Friday in the University Center Otto Budig Theater on the NKU campus.

Bunning, a former congressman and major league pitcher, will be there. It will be the fourth lecture in a series by McConnell on "Prominent Kentuckians in the U.S. Senate."

Bunning retired from the Senate in 2010; and was replaced by Sen. Rand Paul.

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