Governor Steve Beshear is leaving Saturday for an economic development trip to Germany and Sweden.
Beshear's office said Wednesday that the governor has been invited to speak at a symposium in Germany, where he will discuss Kentucky's role in the global auto industry. More than a thousand auto executives from around the world gather for the yearly conference.
A performance audit of the Legislative Research Commission has blamed poor staff morale on outdated management practices, a lack of communication and decision-making that isn't transparent.
Governor Steve Beshear says a draft reports shows a need for reforms.
"Some of the policies and procedures are outdated and need to be modernized," Beshear told WKU Public Radio. "Pay equity is an issue, promotions. Getting all those things into a more modern platform would make sense for them and for the public."
The audit by the National Conference of State Legislatures questioned the nearly 400 LRC employees who reported feeling “frustrated and often confused” by personnel decisions. It recommended giving less power to top leaders and implementing annual performance evaluations, as well as formal job descriptions and pay scales.
A state senator says he has told his attorney to withdraw a motion that seeks to have his DUI charge dismissed because the state constitution bans lawmakers from being arrested while the legislature is in session.
Republican state Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard was arrested and charged with DUI on Jan. 6, the first day of the 2015 legislative session.
His attorney, Bill Johnson, filed a motion to dismiss the charges citing language that was added to the Kentucky Constitution in 1891.
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Hopkinsville High School has refused to run three students’ senior yearbook quotes that reference their LGBT lifestyles, and one of them has filed a petition against the school board saying its discrimination.
Former Kentucky governor and U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford is being remembered for his ability to get things done at the highest levels of government without compromising his love for his state or its people.
Vice President Joe Biden and former President Bill Clinton were among the hundreds of people who filled the First Baptist Church of Owensboro for Ford's funeral Tuesday. Biden hailed Ford as the rare politician who could listen to and understand people's problems while Clinton credited Ford with wrangling enough votes in the Senate to pass some of the legislation that defined his presidency.
Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro. He was 90. He is the only Kentuckian to win consecutive terms as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.
Logan County may soon join neighboring Warren, Todd, and Simpson counties in passing a local right-to-work law.
The Logan County Fiscal Court voted unanimously for an ordinance Tuesday on first reading. A final vote is scheduled next month.
Judge-Executive Logan Chick says the county has two industrial sites ready for new business, which he hopes a local right-to-work law will attract.
"Every time somebody visits you have obstacles they look at, and of course that's one of the obstacles we hear on a regular basis," Chick told WKU Public Radio. "Anytime you can eliminate any obstacle, the better off you are with that particular project."
Chick doubts Logan County magistrates would be considering a local right-to-work measure had surrounding counties not already acted. Chick says a local ordinance is needed to stay competitive with those counties, as well as neighboring Tennessee which has a statewide right-to-work law.