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6:49 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Mourdock Beats Lugar by Wide Margin in Indiana Senate Primary

Six-term Indiana Senator Richard Lugar won't be returning to Washington for a seventh term. Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock defeated Lugar in Tuesday's Indiana Republican Senate primary. With 95% of the vote counted, Mourdock was leading Lugar 60% to 40%.

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9:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Polls Open in Hoosier State, with Most Attention Going to GOP Senate Primary

Indiana voters are at the polls today, casting ballots in a closely-watched US Senate primary race. Republican Richard Lugar is seeking another six-year term in the Senate, but is facing his toughest primary challenge ever from Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

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11:45 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Tax Consultants Plan to Consider Different Approaches

A group of three economists hopes to provide key input to Kentucky's tax commission this summer. The Blue Ribbon Tax Commission picked three professors to act as consultants as the group considers changes to the state's tax code. Two are from the University of Kentucky and one is from the University of Tennessee.

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3:58 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Group Opposed to Kentucky Meth Bills Spent Record Amount on Lobbying

A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases. According to the Legislative Branch Ethics Commission, that’s a new yearly record,  and there's still one month of accounting left to do.

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8:13 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Common Cause Questions ALEC's Activities in the Bluegrass State

A national battle between two legislative groups has reached Kentucky. The advocacy group Common Cause is asking federal agencies to remove the non-profit tax-exempt status of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.  ALEC provides lawmakers with sample legislation and talking points, often to promote conservative issues, and Common Cause says the organization is a lobbying group.

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5:25 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Governor's Office Names Tax Consulting Team

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s office has awarded the contract for the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform to a three person team made up of two consultants from the University of Kentucky and one from the University of Tennessee.  The Governor says the individuals selected for the consulting team have the necessary experience to address the issues before the Commission.

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Politics
3:23 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Indiana's Longest Serving Senator Faces Challenge of His Life in Next Tuesday's Primary

Sen. Richard Lugar (left), and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock

Indiana's Republican Senate Primary is next Tuesday, and it's drawing national attention. For the first time in decades, Senator Richard Lugar is facing a primary challenger. The person opposing Lugar is State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a conservative with backing from local and national Tea Party organizations. Despite the fact that Lugar has maintained a very conservative voting record since entering the Senate in 1977, Mourdock and his supporters say Lugar is out of touch with ordinary Indiana voters, and not conservative enough for many Indiana Republicans.

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1:53 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Furloughs to Close Kentucky Courthouses

Warren County Justice Center

For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts. Workers in the judicial branch were notified this morning that furloughs will be necessary for three days. All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year.

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Politics
3:55 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

WKU Public Radio Airs Live Coverage of President's Address in Afghanistan

 Exactly one year after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit. Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver an address aimed at Americans this evening at 6:30 CT/7:30 E.T. You can hear live NPR coverage on WKU Public Radio. We'll also have coverage afterwards during our top-of-the-hour newscasts and Wednesday on Morning Edition.

Politics
2:42 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Tennessee Bill Would Allow Increased Cash Gifts from PACs

A proposal that seeks to lift a cap on contributions from political action committees is once again advancing in the Tennessee legislature. The measure sponsored by Rep. Glen Casada had been withdrawn. But the Franklin Republican revived the measure and the House State and Local Government Committee moved it out Monday on a 6-4 vote.

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