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by Josh James, Kentucky Public Radio

The Kentucky Senate has backed off of an amendment that would have restored funding vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear in a transportation budget after the House of Representatives refused to consider the changes.

Before asking that the chamber drop the amended version, which kept $50 million dollars worth of spending in his district, Senate president Davis Williams accused House leaders of taking the lion’s share of the road funds.

“I don’t feel like the person that’s really been victimized in this situation,” he said. “I think the members of the house, the house majority, ought to take a look, every two years, at what happens in the road plan.”

The transportation budget passed without the amendment, leaving the governor’s vetoes in place and accomplishing half of the business the legislature was called back to Frankfort to tackle. Meanwhile, last-minute negotiations could breathe new life into a bill aimed at limiting prescription drug abuse and so-called “pill mills.” House and Senate leaders are trying to hash out a compromise that could pass both chambers.

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Farmer Hired Girlfriend for State Job

by Gabe Bullard November 18, 2011

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer hired his girlfriend to a $5,000 a month state job shortly before this year’s elections. Farmer has reached his term limit in his current office. He was running for Lieutenant Governor on the Republic ticket with state Senate President David Williams. But eight days before the election, Farmer hired his […]

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Candidates Again Clash on Economy in Final Gubernatorial Debate

by admin November 1, 2011

by Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio The economy dominated an often contentious gubernatorial debate hosted last night by Kentucky Educational Television. It was the second time all three candidates appeared together in a forum. Incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear has declined to attend several other debates. As he has previously, the governor repeated that, thanks to […]

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Orchestra Update, Boehner Speech, Smart Meters, and David Williams Ads: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis October 31, 2011

In case you’ve eaten nothing but candy all day and haven’t been able to pay attention to the news, here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been covering today.

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. Meanwhile, musicians have launched a protest of sorts outside Louisville Orchestra offices at management’s plan to hire permanent replacement workers.

Speaker John Boehner, R-Oh. spoke in Louisville today, emphasizing the need for leaders in Washington to work together without compromising core principles.

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon. The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter.

And the campaign for Republican David Williams has released its final ads in the race for Kentucky governor, but the GOP nominee isn’t in either spot.

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Non-Partisan Group Says Gubernatorial Candidates Lack Courage

by Gabe Bullard October 13, 2011

All three candidates for governor of Kentucky have failed to turn in a survey put out by the non-partisan group Project Vote Smart. The Political Courage Test quizzes candidates on a variety of issues, including abortion, education and taxes. To encourage participation, candidates are not allowed to use the results of the survey in campaign ads. […]

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Gubernatorial Debate Offers Few Surprises

by Gabe Bullard October 11, 2011

For the first time, Kentucky voters had a direct comparison between the three candidates vying for governor when incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith shared a debate stage. There were few surprises in the hour-long forum, but the candidates took several jabs at one another while defending their platforms. State […]

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Police Chief’s Son Charged with Felonies, Gubernatorial Candidates to Debate Tonight, JCPS Will Appeal Neighborhood School Ruling, Ferry Service Ends: Afternoon Review

by Laura Ellis October 11, 2011

The son of Louisville Police Chief Robert White is facing two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from an altercation with his wife. For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight. The Jefferson County Board of Education will appeal an appellate court ruling that […]

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Gubernatorial Debate Tonight at 7 pm

by Gabe Bullard October 11, 2011

For the first time in the general election, the three candidates for governor of Kentucky will debate tonight. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear, Republican David Williams and independent Gatewood Galbraith last appeared together in early August at the Fancy Farm picnic. Beshear has drawn criticism for refusing to attend debates and forums with his opponents. And […]

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News Special: David Williams [Audio]

by Laura Ellis October 6, 2011

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams joined Phillip Bailey and Rick Howlett Thursday afternoon for an hour-long WFPL News Special. Senator Williams answered questions about his jobs plan, his views on collective bargaining, the Ohio River Bridges Project, coal, and the JCPS student assignment plan. You can hear the interview in its entirety here: Previously, independent […]

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Republican Gubernatorial Candidate David Williams Live on WFPL

by Gabe Bullard October 6, 2011

Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is on WFPL this hour for a news special. Williams is talking with WFPL’s Phillip Bailey and Rick Howlett about a variety of topics, and we’re taking your calls. Call (502) 814-8255, e-mail news[at]wfpl.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter to ask a question. Today’s show will air again […]

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