In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, most Americans — regardless of party — favor tightening restrictions on firearms, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.

But significant partisan divides remain — and perhaps relatedly, they exist alongside divides in knowledge about guns in America.

Eight-in-10 Americans told the pollsters they favor bans on assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and "bump stocks," an accessory used by the Las Vegas shooter that allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire like an automatic weapon.

Becca Schimmel

A health care policy advocated by U.S. Senator Rand Paul was signed by President Trump as an executive order Thursday. 

Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, has been promoting the concept of 'association health plans' that allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines. Paul has been advocating for the plans in the White House, with Congress and across Kentucky.  

Paul said the president’s action approving association health plans is an important first step in moving away from the Affordable Care Act. 

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Funeral arrangements have been set for Paducah’s First African American police chief. Robert Patterson died on Sunday at the age of 81.

Patterson worked his way up through the Paducah police force and was appointed to police chief in 1985. He retired in 1992.

Paducah-McCracken County NAACP branch president J.W. Cleary said Patterson was a “true and fair person.” He said racial tensions at the time in Paducah and across the country didn’t stop Patterson from doing his job. 

“You even had white Americans that were police officers that refused to work under a black police chief," Cleary said. "But Robert didn’t let that bother him, he just kept doing what he thought was right.”

J. Tyler Franklin

Attorney General Andy Beshear walked out of a committee hearing Thursday after Republican lawmakers interrogated him about a settlement the previous attorney general made with OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.

Beshear called the questioning “grossly political” and accused Republican lawmakers of continuing fights left over from political campaigns.

Kentucky's Chief Justice to Give Update on Judicial Branch

Oct 12, 2017
Administrative Office of the Courts

Kentucky's chief justice is scheduled to appear before a legislative panel next week to give an update about the state of Kentucky's judiciary.

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. will appear before the General Assembly's Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary on Oct. 20 at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

The hearing will be an opportunity for Minton to give lawmakers an update on judicial branch operations. The chief justice is the administrative head of the state court system and is responsible for overseeing its operations.

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State officials say too many people are getting disability benefits in Kentucky, citing a new state report that shows disability enrollment has far outpaced the state’s population growth over the last 35 years.

The report was prepared by Kentucky’s Disability Determination Services and echoes rhetoric used by Gov. Matt Bevin in his push to revamp the state’s Medicaid system. Bevin wants to require beneficiaries to pay small premiums and prove they’re working, volunteering or seeking a job.

Kentucky Gets $3 Million Grant to Investigate Sexual Assault

Oct 11, 2017
Ryland Barton

Kentucky has received a $3 million federal grant that will fund a new unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate sexual assault cold cases.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will pay for a victim advocate, an investigator and a prosecutor.

It will also provide funding for a Kentucky State Police Detective who will focus on sexual assaults.

Governor Matt Bevin has been outspoken about overhauling Kentucky’s tax system. Bevin said he wants to get rid of the inventory tax, which is placed on a company’s inventory that is held in the state. That tax is used to fund local school districts, and some worry that eliminating the inventory tax will have a negative impact on education. Little detail has been released about what would replace that revenue.


Lisa Autry

A public school teacher in Warren County has launched a bid to unseat Kentucky State Senator Mike Wilson.  

Jeanie Smith is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 32rd district that covers all of Warren County.  At her campaign announcement Monday outside Cherry Hall at Western Kentucky University, Smith said the state must invest in working families. 

"Kentucky families are working hard and playing by the rules, yet the deck is stacked against us," said Smith.  "We deserve to live in a state where hard work is compensated with fair wages, and it's time that the wealthiest Kentuckians start paying their fair share."

Smith told WKU Public Radio that she thinks the current tax structure is unfair and wants to be part of the conversation when lawmakers address tax reform.

Rhonda J Miller

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said only three percent of sexual assaults result in a conviction in court and prosecution of those cases must be stepped up. He spoke on the campus of Western Kentucky University on Oct. 9 as part of events to mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Beshear said there’s an important development in the works that will increase the rate of prosecution for sexual assaults in Kentucky.

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