Profile: U.S. Senator Wendell Ford

To mark the 100th anniversary of the state Capitol building, WFPL and Kentucky Public Radio are spotlighting some of the top statesmen and women of the past century, influential politicians who served the commonwealth in Frankfort or Washington — or both.

Kentucky Public Radio’s Kevin Willis profiles former Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.

Frankfort Prepares for State Capitol Centennial Celebration

from Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The centennial celebration for Kentucky’s historic State Capitol is now just one month away. After a 1904 groundbreaking, and six years of construction, Kentucky’s State Capitol was dedicated in June 1910. The granite and limestone building cost $1.8-million dollars. The historic building’s 100th anniversary is coming up, and a […]

Beshears Tout Capitol Energy Saving Plan

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio As Kentucky prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear are touting energy conservation efforts at the State Capitol. Gov. Beshear says improvements underway will reduce energy consumption by 22-percent, and save taxpayers $251,000 dollars a year. “The […]

Gun-Toting Capitol Visitor Raises Concerns

By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio Some Kentucky lawmakers are sounding alarms over the carrying of handguns into the State Capitol while the legislature is in session. Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian rose from her seat to decry the presence of an individual armed with a handgun in the House gallery Monday. Marzian says there’s […]

Kentucky Capitol Rotunda To Close For Three Months

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh The rotunda of Kentucky’s historic State Capitol will soon close for three months for repair and renovation work on the interior dome.       It’s 172 feet from the marble floor of the Capitol rotunda to the top of the dome, which needs fresh paint, plaster work, and new lighting.  So, scaffolding […]

Kentucky Capitol Dome To Be Renovated

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky’s State Capitol in Frankfort will be 100 years old next year and efforts are already underway to spruce up the dome of the historic building’s rotunda. The rotunda dome hasn’t been painted in years because the building lacks an efficient system for getting the job done. It’s 172 […]