2:35 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Jindal, Warren To Campaign For McConnell, Grimes This Week

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in a pair of potential presidential candidates to help boost voter turnout in the final week of one of the country's most closely watched Senate races.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will campaign with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in Louisville on Tuesday while Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will appear with Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Wednesday.

This will be Warren's second trip to Kentucky for Grimes. She raised money for Grimes and spoke at a rally at the University of Louisville on tackling student loan debt earlier this year.

Grimes' campaign also announced Monday afternoon that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to Kentucky again to campaign with the Democrat on Saturday.

Jindal will appear with McConnell at the Restore America Rally in Louisville on Wednesday. Other guests include Carly Fiorina, the 2010 Republican Senate nominee in California, and conservative national radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Glasgow Native Recalls Photographing Presidents, Everyday Life In Kentucky

Bill Luster spent nearly five decades as a photographer for the Courier-Journal in Louisville. Some of his work is on display now at Gallery 916 in Bowling Green.
Credit Bill Luster

Looking back on his five decades as a newspaper photographer in Louisville, Bill Luster recalls an assignment that took him to a strip club called the Toy Tiger. 

The Toy Tiger was threatening to sue a nearby nursing home after some of its residents brought in an exotic dancer for a birthday party. So the nursing home thought a field trip was in order. The result of the assignment was a photo of three women from the nursing home and a much younger, shirtless man.

“This is my most fun assignment ever,” said Luster.  “Because, they were just having a good time.  Some of the women were a little apprehensive about it, but they enjoyed themselves.”

It’s just one of Luster’s photos currently on display at Gallery 916 in downtown Bowling Green.

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11:48 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Kentucky's Electioneering Law Stands, Despite Ruling

Kentuckians shouldn't notice any changes when they head to the polls on November 4, despite a ruling this month on electioneering around polling locations.

A federal judge ruled that a state law establishing a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places is unconstitutional.  However, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay while the case is appealed by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

"The law was enacted for a reason and that was to stop potential chaos around the polls, to prevent voter intimidation, and to prevent any nefarious activity that could occur around a polling place," says Communications Director Allison Martin in the attorney general's office.  "Now that the stay has been issued, it basically means business as usual at the polls."

The appeals court did rule that electioneering can occur on private property, even if the property is within the 300-foot zone.  State law still applies to public property. 

The case was brought by a northern Kentucky businessman who objected to having campaign signs removed from his business, which was located across the highway from a polling place. 

10:52 am
Mon October 27, 2014

McConnell, Grimes Bus Tours Make Stops in Eastern Kentucky

Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates took their high profile campaigns to eastern Kentucky on Monday with a little more than one week left until the election.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell's "Kentucky Leads America" bus tour has seven planned stops throughout eastern Kentucky with Grammy-award winning artist Lee Greenwood. Last week, McConnell campaigned with artist Jimmy Rose, a Kentucky native who finished third on season 8 of America's Got Talent.

Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes' "Kentucky vs. Washington" bus tour has stops scheduled in seven eastern Kentucky counties on Monday. The United Mineworkers of America plan to campaign for Grimes in western Kentucky on Tuesday.

Kentucky's coal country has been featured prominently in both campaigns as the candidates fight for votes in a close race.

4:06 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Kentucky Senate Candidates Spar Over New Ads

Credit Offices of Sen. McConnell and Sec. Grimes

Both candidates are on the attack again with just over a week left in their contentious and closely watched race.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign challenged a new ad from Republican Senator Mitch McConnell that boasted his support among women. The Grimes campaign says it features a woman who is registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

The McConnell camp says she's a college student at the University of Louisville who hasn't updated her voter registration yet.

In a separate spat, the McConnell campaign said a new ad falsely accused him of using his office to improve his personal investments during the 2008 financial crisis.

Station Events
7:04 am
Sat October 25, 2014

Thank You For Your Amazing Support During Our Fall Fundraising Campaign

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