Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has bagged an award from the powerful National Rifle Association, giving him bragging rights for his re-election bid next year in a state where hunting is a tradition. The Republican's opponents are defending their own gun-rights stands in the campaign cross-fire.
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes points to her NRA membership and says she'd welcome McConnell to shoot with her at a gun range.
McConnell didn't respond to a reporter's question Friday asking if he'd take Grimes up on her offer.
Kentucky lawmakers redrew state House and Senate boundaries this summer, but there are questions about who they represent. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports top lawmakers discussed Wednesday what to tell constituents wondering who represents their districts.
The new boundaries created a problem for legislative staff when constituents ask which lawmaker represents them -- the legislator last elected by the constituent or the lawmaker who lives in the constituent's redrawn district.
Legislative staff members say they need to know how they should list lawmakers and their districts on the legislative website and in the 2014 legislative directories.
Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer proposed that the LRC give constituents the names of lawmakers from newly drawn districts. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo said constituents expect their lawmakers to be the ones they elected.
John James Audubon State Park at Henderson is closing out its 75th anniversary year.
The park is hosting a special museum event on Nov. 2 that will have all three parts of the historical anniversary exhibit on display, as well as a collection of plans for the next 75 years. Hors d'oeuvres, museum tours and music will be on the main level of the museum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.
Gov. Steve Beshear has set a special election for Dec. 10 to replace former Democratic state Rep. John Arnold of Sturgis, who resigned last month after being accused of sexual harassment.
Legislative Research Commission staffers Yolanda Costner and Cassaundra Cooper alleged that Arnold had touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments. Arnold said in his resignation letter that he had been "destroyed politically" and could no longer be an effective voice for his constituents.
Arnold, a retired chiropractor, had served in the House since 1995.
Kentucky students are being recruited to spread the message about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.
State Attorney General Jack Conway on Monday joined in announcing the start of a public service announcement contest for middle and high school students. The competition is part of an effort to warn youngsters about prescription abuse.
As part of the competition, Kentucky students will produce a 30-second video showing the perils of prescription drug abuse.
The home of the Kentucky Derby wants to make sure every fan attending the famous race actually sees the horses running. Churchill Downs said Monday it will install a video board bigger than three basketball courts to give fans a giant-size view of the thoroughbreds stampeding along the track.
The track is teaming with Panasonic for the $12 million project expected to be done early next year _ well ahead of the Run for Roses on the first Saturday in May.
"It's going to present coverage of the race unlike anything we've ever been able to do before," said Ryan Jordan, the track's general manager.
Track officials said the 15,224-square-foot, high-definition LED video board will be installed about midway along the backstretch and outside the dirt course.
The video board's position will maximize the viewing angle for fans in the 55,638 clubhouse and grandstand seats and the tens of thousands of fans packed in the track's 26-acre infield for the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks is a race for 3-year-old fillies run the day before the Derby.
The two days of racing are a revenue bonanza for the track's parent company, Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc.
More than 16,000 applications for health insurance have been started in Kentucky since enrollment began this week under the state's new online marketplace, prompting Gov. Steve Beshear to declare that the state has become the "gold standard" for implementing the federal health care overhaul.
The governor's office said nearly 11,000 applications had been completed by early Friday, and 4,739 individuals or families had picked health plans and signed up for coverage.
More than 137,000 people had browsed the website and 93 percent of them went through pre-screenings to determine if they qualify for subsidized coverage or Medicaid.
Also, 166 small businesses had started applications for health insurance for employees, it said.
"That tells me that there is not only a pent-up demand, but there is an eagerness to get affordable health insurance," Beshear said.
Kentuckians who sign up before Dec. 15 will start receiving coverage on Jan. 1.
Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton says lawmakers need to provide more pay equity for court system employees across the state.
Speaking to lawmakers Friday in Hopkinsville and to reporters on a conference call, Minton says the pay scale for the state judicial system is lagging behind other areas of the government. Minton says the push for better employee pay will be his primary focus when the court's budget request is submitted to lawmakers in November.
Minton says the first pay increases should go to the lower paid employees, some of whom make less than the federal poverty line -- about $23,500 for a family of four.
As chief justice, Minton has administrative oversight of the entire state court system and is responsible for delivering the budget request to lawmakers.