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Lawmakers call for action in wake of gun violence

The shooting in Florida has again sparked discussion among lawmakers here in Kentucky on what can be done on a legislative level to try and prevent violence like this.

KSP: Safe Schools Initiative helps prepare for the worst

To try and keep schools as safe as possible, many districts have paired up with Kentucky State Police to go over exactly what to do in situations like an active shooter.
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Moms Rally for “Common Sense” Gun Laws

A group of mothers were in Frankfort advocating for what they call "common sense" gun laws.
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Supporters of higher cigarette tax rally at State Capitol

Supporters of a higher cigarette tax in Kentucky rallied at the State Capitol in Frankfort Thursday.

Net metering bill gets go-ahead by House panel

Net metering, which gives retail credit for surplus solar or other renewable energy fed in to the electrical grid, would see changes under a bill approved by the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee Thursday.

Blow-drying bill passes state Senate

The Kentucky Senate passed legislation Thursday that would loosen regulation on the burgeoning business of blow-dry-only hair salons.

Frankfort Police looking for missing teenagers

The Frankfort Police Department is asking for help finding two teenagers.
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Capital Plaza demolition will close some Frankfort streets

Demolition work at the Capital Plaza Complex, scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 23, will cause the closure of some Frankfort streets.

Lawmakers vote to expand rape law to include sex with teens

The Kentucky House has passed a bill to expand rape statutes to include instances when older adults have sex with 16 or 17 year olds.
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Street closures begin January 23 in Frankfort for Capital Plaza demolition

Find out what streets will be closed later this month in Frankfort during the Capital Plaza demolition.
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Power outage in Frankfort

The Frankfort Plant Board says there is an electric outage in the Collins Lane area.

KSU has new police chief

Alonzo "Bernard" Palmer is the new police chief at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.
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Kentucky lawmakers cancel Friday session as storm approaches

Kentucky lawmakers have canceled their session for Friday due to weather forecasts that the state could be hit by a mix of snow and ice.

Search on for ex-con following police chase in Frankfort

The search is on for an ex-con who led police on a chase at speeds reaching nearly 100-miles per hour in Frankfort Wednesday night, according to the Franklin County sheriff.

Frankfort restaurant damaged in fire

Fire damages Frankfort restaurant.

Cold breaks pipes AND makes it hard to fix them

The cold is revealing some of Kentucky's old infrastructure. Water Department crews responded to at least five pipe leaks Friday in Central Kentucky. One in Frankfort took a while to repair also because of the cold. 

Traffic Alert: Water main break closes road in Frankfort

A water main break Thursday night damaged a road and iced it over in Frankfort leading to a temporary closure, according to the state.

Advocates host Planned Parenthood Rally at the Capitol

Advocates for Planned Parenthood were out at the capitol Thursday rallying support for reproductive rights.

Lawmakers kick off 2018 General Assembly Session

A new year means a new session of the Kentucky General Assembly and today marked to beginning of what lawmakers expect to be a busy 60 days.

GOP leaders say pensions, budget to overshadow session

Republican leaders in the Kentucky Senate say the 2018 legislative session will be overshadowed by work on the next state budget and proposed fixes to public pension systems.
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Kentucky’s 2018 legislative session begins this week

The second year of Republican rule in Kentucky begins this week as lawmakers return to Frankfort for a 60-day legislative session.

First female statue at Kentucky’s Capitol

The Capitol will soon have its first life-sized statue of a woman next year.

Center in Frankfort gets new name and purpose

The Rosenwald Center for Families and Children has served the Frankfort community since 2013 and will continue to do so, just with a new name and purpose.
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Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky.

Franklin County man accused of having child pornography

Kentucky State Police say they took Marcus Tate of Franklin County into custody and charged him with possession of child pornography.

Lawmakers react to Rep. Dan Johnson’s suicide

The shock over State Representative Dan Johnson's death continues to spread as people across the commonwealth, including lawmakers in Frankfort, react to the news.

State Capitol Christmas Tree and Rotunda Lighting Monday

With help from Santa Claus, Governor Matt Bevin pulled a Christmas tree-shaped lever Monday night to light a tree in front of the State Capitol to kick off the holiday season.

Kentucky sexual harassment inquiry sent to ethics commission

A taxpayer-funded investigation of a secret sexual harassment settlement signed by four GOP lawmakers in Kentucky was stymied because the lawmakers refused to talk about it or disclose documents.

Local Humane Society burglarized twice in one month

Staff at the humane society say while the amount of cash stolen during these two thefts may seem minimal to most, it's had a huge impact on both the facility and employees.

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting set for Monday in Frankfort

The Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting is taking place on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Frankfort.
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Kentucky nonprofits receive money on ‘Day of Giving’

Walmart Foundation State Giving Grants totalling more than $500,000 awarded to nonprofits in Kentucky.

Developer chosen for new Frankfort state office building

A Lexington-based developer has been chosen to design, build, finance and operate a new state office building and parking structure in Frankfort.

FBI reviewing sexual harassment claims at Kentucky Capitol

The FBI is now investigating sexual harassment and retaliation claims made by employees at Kentucky's state Capitol.

Kmart stores in Versailles and Frankfort to close

Kmart stores in Versailles and Frankfort will close by late January 2018, according to Sears Holdings.

Hundreds rally for pensions as lawmakers seek changes

Hundreds of public workers have rallied at the Kentucky Capitol in opposition to a proposed bill that would eventually close the state's pension system in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

UK student accused of meeting young girl for sex

A University of Kentucky student was arrested overnight Monday after meeting a 14-year old girl to have sex, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.
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Plaque declaring Jefferson Davis a ‘hero’ to be removed

A plaque attached to a statue of Jefferson Davis in Kentucky's Capitol will be removed because it refers to the only president of the Confederacy as a hero and a patriot.
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Ky. bill to protect drivers who accidentally hit protesters

A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky has filed legislation that would ban protesters from blocking the streets without a permit and shield drivers who unintentionally hit them from criminal and civil penalties.

Kentucky governor says pension announcement coming soon

Kentucky's Republican governor says he is close to calling state lawmakers back into session so they can make changes to one of the country's worst-funded public pension systems.

UPDATE: Robbery suspect turns herself-in

A woman wanted for robbing a convenience store in Franklin County turned herself-in Friday morning, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

State report shows drastic increase in disability recipients

A new report issued Tuesday shows an increase of staggering proportions in the number of Kentucky adults and children receiving disability benefits. The report was prepared by Kentucky'

UPDATE: Nurses return home after providing hurricane relief in Florida

A group of nurses from Kentucky received a police escort upon their return home Friday in Frankfort after a week in Florida helping hurricane victims.
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UPDATE: Alleged ringleader of whiskey theft ring set to enter plea

ABC 36 News has learned the alleged ringleader of a whiskey theft ring in Franklin County is scheduled to enter a plea in the case.

Kentucky Supreme Court to hear civil cases in Frankfort

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments in six civil cases next week in Frankfort.
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Indiana man charged with seeking sex with minor in Kentucky

An Indiana man has been arrested in Kentucky in connection with seeking sex with a minor.

Two people arrested in connection to Frankfort shooting

Two people have been arrested following a fatal shooting in Frankfort.

Man on most wanted list found shot to death

Man on most wanted list found shot to death.

A Frankfort man dead after a shooting

FRANKFORT, Ky. - (WTVQ) A Frankfort man is dead from what seems to be a shooting. The coroner's office says 39-year-old Michael Gaines was found...

African-American leaders call governor to remove Jefferson Davis statue

More than a hundred people packed into the state capitol rotunda this morning, to rally for the removal of the Jefferson Davis statue.
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Temporary closure of the ‘Singing Bridge’ in Frankfort

The ‘Singing Bridge’ in downtown Frankfort will be temporarily closed Friday.

Man leads deputies on late night chase near Frankfort

A Tennessee man was arrested in Franklin County after a chase along I-64, according to deputies.

High school football highlights & scores (8-18-17)

Alex Risen and Bryan Kennedy break down the best action from around Central Kentucky!
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Governor to ceremonially sign opioid epidemic legislation

Governor Bevin will ceremonially sign three recently enacted measures aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic.
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Floodwall exercise to temporarily close some streets in Frankfort on August 25th

Installation of the Floodwall closures will result in the temporary closing of multiple streets. 
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Police: Woman bites, kicks officers in Kentucky

The deputy stopped the vehicle and noticed that the driver, Darlane Besand, appeared to be extremely drunk and was acting hostile.

Five vehicle crash closes US 60 for an hour

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) - A five vehicle crash closed US 60 at Duncan Road for an hour Friday. The Franklin County Sheriff says a...

Shooting at Tierra Linda Apartments in Frankfort

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) -Someone shot a 17-year-old at Tierra Linda Apartments, on Hanly Road in Frankfort around 1 o'clock Friday. Police say the 17-year-old was...
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Teenager shot in Frankfort

A teenager was shot in the leg Friday afternoon in Frankfort, according to police.

Kentucky ceremony honors 2 for their heroism

A woman who died while trying to save her children from a house fire and a man who rescued a truck driver from a burning vehicle have been honored in Kentucky.

Kentucky office building’s furnishings up for sale

Officials say the state Division of Surplus Properties has set the spot-bid sale for Aug. 9. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT at the Capital Plaza Tower in Frankfort.

Police: Frankfort woman injured in drive-by shooting

A Frankfort woman was injured in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday morning, according to investigators.

36 Blitz: Frankfort Panthers

Bryan Kennedy has the report to kick off the preview series in 2017.

Pregnant Kentucky OBGYN delivers patient’s baby minutes before giving birth to her own baby

A post and a picture in the Facebook group 'Physician Moms Group' has gone viral. At the center of the post is a pregnant Kentucky obstetrician, Dr. Amanda Hess -- who delivered a patient's baby shortly before giving birth herself.

Former Kentucky governor accused of sexual misconduct

State Democrats are calling on a former governor to resign his current office as State Senator following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Group sues after books sent to Kentucky prisoners rejected

A human rights group says the Kentucky Department of Corrections is illegally censoring books the group has sent to prisoners.

Sunken boats pulled from Kentucky River during cleanup

More than a dozen sunken boats were pulled from the Kentucky River during a cleanup in Franklin County.

KSP: Trooper shot wanted fugitive in self-defense

State Police say a Trooper shot a wanted fugitive in self-defense in Whitley County Tuesday afternoon.

Frankfort Fire Chief Eddie Slone to Retire

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- According to the Frankfort City Manager Cindy Steinhauser, Fire Chief Eddie Slone will be retiring from the department on July 31,...

Frankfort has new sister city

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) - Frankfort has a new sister city, Shimamoto, Japan. Sister city organizers say they're excited to share cultural exchanges and provide...
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Police: Two charged in death of Frankfort Toddler

Two people have been charged with killing a toddler in Frankfort, police say.

Frankfort Grand Theatre – July 2017 happenings

The Grand Theatre in Frankfort has several events scheduled in July.

No need to worry about sharks this holiday weekend

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)-If you're hanging out by the lake to celebrate this weekend, there is no need to worry about sharks. The Department of Fish...

Toddler dies in suspected child abuse case

A Franklin County toddler has died from a suspected case of child abuse.
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Commission nominates 3 lawyers for vacant Kentucky judgeship

The vacancy is in the 1st Division of the circuit court judgeship in Bourbon, Scott and Woodford counties.

Lawyers want release of former Oxycontin leader’s testimony

The Kentucky Attorney General's office sued Purdue Pharma in 2007 for its deceptive marketing of OxyContin, an addictive prescription painkiller.

Man gets stabbed by burglar

Frankfort Police are looking for a man who broke into a home and stabbed a neighbor on Holmes Street in broad daylight. ABC 36...
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Temporary ramp closure on I-64 in Franklin County

KYTC officials say there will be a temporary ramp closure Tuesday night at the Interstate 64/US 60 interchange in Franklin County.

Storms Sunday damage power poles in Frankfort

FRANKFORT, KY. (WTVQ)- The heavy rains and storms Sunday caused some damage to power poles when trees fell on them. The Frankfort plant board says...

Franklin Co. teen loses her life in car accident

People in Frankfort are grieving after a teenager lost her life in a car crash. It happened around 2 A.M. Wednesday morning, a Ford...
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Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s medical marijuana ban

Kentucky's criminal ban on medical marijuana is being challenged in a lawsuit that says its use could help combat the state's opioid addiction woes.
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Adoption ‘czar’ contract clears legislative panel

A legislative committee has approved a Southern Baptist professor's $250,000 state contract to review Kentucky's troubled child welfare system.
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Body found in Rockcastle County

A badly decomposed body was found Monday night in Rockcastle County, according to the county coroner.

Mother and toddler found dead in Frankfort home

There is a heartbreaking story out of Frankfort where a mother and her toddler were found dead.
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Frankfort Police investigating the death of a mother and child

Frankfort police said they are investigating the death of a mother and child.
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Bevin: Special session will happen after Aug. 15

Kentucky's Republican governor says a special session of the state legislature will happen after Aug. 15.
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Labor Cabinet collects $325,445.06 in unpaid wages in May

Last month, the Labor Cabinet recouped $325,445.06 in unpaid wages for Kentucky workers.

Rescue crews go the extra mile to save trapped dog

Frankfort Police and Frankfort Fire and EMS went to great lengths to save a dog that ended up trapped at the bottom of a ravine after a fall.

Three arrested in connection to robbing spree and murder

Frankfort police have arrested three people in connection to multiple robberies and a murder that happened last week.

Frankfort Police looking for two suspects in robbery and fatal shooting

Frankfort Police are looking for two suspects in connection to a robbery and shooting Friday night that left a man dead.

Memorial service to honor fallen troopers and officers

Fallen state troopers and officers are honored at Memorial Service at KSP Training Academy in Frankfort.
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Climate change discussion to be held in Frankfort Monday evening

Lane E. Boldman, Executive Director of the Kentucky Conservation Committee, will discuss "Climate Change: Impact on Kentucky and the World" at a program in Frankfort on Monday.
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Suspects sought in Frankfort armed robbery

Police in Frankfort are asking for help from the public in identifying three suspects in an armed robbery on Saturday.

Explosives truck involved in I-64 crash in Franklin Co.

A potentially devastating wreck shut down I-64 eastbound for a portion of Tuesday morning.
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Biagi stepping down as Kentucky GOP executive director

The Republican Party of Kentucky says executive director Mike Biagi is stepping down to take a position with a Louisville-based lobbying group next month.

Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin hosted hundreds Saturday at the Governor's Downtown Derby Celebration in Frankfort. The free event featured...
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KSP: Foul play suspected after body discovered in Clay Co.

Kentucky State Police Detectives are investigating after a body was found in a wooded area off of Sol Hollow Road in the Oneida community of Clay County.
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Unique fingerprint analysis leads to guilty plea in sex abuse case

Kentucky State Police are crediting a rarely used fingerprint analysis technique for netting a guilty plea in a sex abuse case out of Campbell County.

Local paper asks readers for help identifying “extreme” paper thief

Typically, journalists try to stay out of their stories, but this week a Kentucky newspaper is the story. The Frankfort State Journal is searching for a thief stealing its papers, a thief it calls "extreme".
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Auction of surplus, confiscated items is Monday in Frankfort

Boats, motors, vehicles, weapons and other items will be available at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources' spring public auction of surplus and confiscated items next week.

Chik-fil-A Frankfort (Live Shot – 3)

Meteorologist Eric Burke heads to the Frankfort Chik-fil-A to take a look at what the restaurant is serving up for breakfast!

Chik-fil-A Frankfort (Live Shot – 2)

Meteorologist Eric Burke heads to the Frankfort Chik-fil-A to take a look at what the restaurant is serving up for breakfast!

Chik-fil-A Frankfort (Live Shot – 1)

Meteorologist Eric Burke heads to the Frankfort Chik-fil-A to take a look at what the restaurant is serving up for breakfast!
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Frederick Smock named as Kentucky Poet Laureate

The Kentucky Arts Council says poet, author and teacher Frederick Smock has been named as Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-2018.

Teen retailer Rue21 closing 400 stores, including some in KY

Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business.

Blown tire brings tigers to Frankfort

A truck carrying tigers blew a tire in Kentucky, necessitating an impromptu stop at the Century Plaza off of 127 S in Frankfort on Tuesday.
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Lawmakers override veto of mental health bill

A bill that would allow judges to order people with mental illnesses into outpatient treatment will become law despite a veto by Republican Gov. Matt Bevin.

Lawmakers wrap up work on education bill

Kentucky lawmakers have wrapped up work on an education bill that would gradually repeal Common Core standards and give school districts more control in how to turn around low-performing schools.
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UPDATE: Power restored to Franklin & Scott counties

Power has been restored to utility customers in Franklin and Scott counties, according to the Franklin County sheriff.
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Widespread power outages in Frankfort

A Facebook post from the Frankfort Plant Board says that customers in Frankfort are experiencing widespread power outages.

Franklin Co. Sheriff: Deputies are seeing more guns at crime scenes

In a post to the Franklin County Sheriff's Facebook page, Sheriff Pat Melton says there has been a rise in the amount of firearms being encountered by deputies and detectives, causing an increased threat to law enforcement officials.

No injuries after Frankfort truck fire

The Franklin Co. Sheriff's office says no injuries reported after a truck caught on fire Monday morning.

UPDATE: Police identify suspect, victim in deadly Frankfort shooting

Police in Frankfort are releasing additional information about a fatal shooting Monday afternoon.
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Grants available for alternatives to detention programs

Kentucky's juvenile justice department will soon begin accepting applications for a grant program that supports alternatives to detention for low-level juvenile offenders.
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UPDATE: Man who died in construction fall identified

The Franklin County coroner identified a construction worker who fell to his death on Wednesday.

Civics test to be required for high school grads

Kentucky high school students would have to pass a civics test in order to graduate under a bill that passed the state legislature.
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Real ID bill heads to Gov. Bevin’s desk

Kentuckians will have the option of purchasing "voluntary travel IDs" to replace their driver's licenses under a bill headed to Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's desk.
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Senate passes charter school bill

The state Senate has approved a bill that would allow charter schools in Kentucky for the first time.

Senate scales back attorney general bill

A bill that would take away some powers from the attorney general and give them to the governor likely will not pass this session.
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Panel OKs bill to make it easier for felons to get jobs

Kentuckians trying to overcome their criminal past could no longer be automatically denied occupational licenses under a bill advanced by the House Judiciary Committee.
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Bill raises amount people can give to campaigns

Kentucky's Republican-controlled legislature has wrapped up work on a bill that would double how much money people can donate to political campaigns.

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments March 15-17

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in eight cases next week including an appeal in a death penalty case.
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Cheers: Bill would let Kentucky bars buy vintage whiskeys

State lawmakers passed a bill that allows vintage bottles of spirits to be put back into circulation in Kentucky.

House OKs bill targeting Planned Parenthood in Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers have voted to send a message to Planned Parenthood.

The Bluegrass Community Theatre Guild presents “Steel Magnolias”

The Bluegrass Theatre Guild is a community theatre in Frankfort that has been presenting quality shows, both musical and non-musical, for over 30 years.

Person of interest taken into custody after Frankfort stabbing

Police in Frankfort say a woman was taken to UK hospital after being stabbed multiple times Friday morning.

HS hoops highlights & scores (3-2-17)

11th region boys quarterfinal action is featured.
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Kentucky bill would allow golf carts to deliver package

Golf carts could become part of a package-delivery company's fleet if a bill advancing in the Kentucky legislature becomes law.

Bill to create medical review panels passes Kentucky House

The Kentucky House has passed a bill to shake up the state's medical malpractice system by creating panels of medical providers to review cases.

Bill aimed at helping foster children wins final approval

Kentucky children could be placed with close family friends after being removed from their homes under a bill that has won final legislative approval.

House agrees to tax break aimed at new Amazon hub

Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at giving online retailer Amazon a tax break on the purchase of jet fuel as part of its decision to locate a major air hub in northern Kentucky.
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House approves proposal aimed at relieving Yum Center debt

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a proposal aimed at helping the Louisville Arena Authority pay off debt for the Yum Center.

Lexington arts organizations receive grant money

Lexington arts organizations received grant money on Arts Day in Kentucky on Friday.

HS hoops highlights & scores (2-24-17)

Alex Risen and Kennedy Hardman break down the district title action across Central Kentucky.

Deputy uses Narcan to save woman from drug overdose

A Franklin County Sheriff Deputy uses Narcan to save a female overdosing from heroin.
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House approves bill to cap attorneys’ fees in state cases

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that would limit how much outside attorneys can be paid while representing the state in complex lawsuits.

House votes to permanently increase police incentive pay

The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved a bill that would permanently increase annual incentive pay for police officers.
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House passes bill to create elective Bible literacy courses

The Kentucky House has passed legislation aimed at creating elective Bible literacy courses in public schools.
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Bill would make colleges compete for state funding

Kentucky's public colleges and universities would have to compete with each other for shrinking state tax dollars under a bill that has cleared the state Senate.
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E-Commerce zones provide safe area for completing online deals

New "E-Commerce Safe Zones" have been created in front of the Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office.

Health issues at forefront of Black History Month event in Frankfort

Health was the focus of a Black History Month event at the state capitol in Frankfort on Tuesday.
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Committee chairman introduces charter schools legislation

A key committee chairman has introduced legislation that would allow charter schools to open in Kentucky.
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Senate approves stricter standards to get disabled parking decals

Disabled parking placards have proliferated across Kentucky, and a state lawmaker says it's time to crack down on abuses in issuing the decals.
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4th annual Refugee & Immigrant Day held at Capitol

Members and supporters of Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services, Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Americana World Community Center, and the International Center of Kentucky went to Frankfort on Thursday to hold the fourth annual Refugee and Immigrant Day.

UPDATE: Capital Day School Wins National Verizon App Challenge

A team of students at Capital Day School in Frankfort won 'Best in Nation' in the fifth annual Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge for their Waste Free America mobile app idea.

Cancer patients head to Frankfort to speak with lawmakers

Cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across Kentucky traveled to the State Capitol in Frankfort Thursday and met with lawmakers about the need to improve quality of life for cancer patients and others with serious illness, by establishing a state advisory council to support access to patient-centered and family-focused palliative care.

Frankfort families “ghost” Valentine’s Day

Whatever your thoughts on Valentine's Day, whether you love it or think it is a big joke, we can probably all agree that seeing it spent creatively gives us a warm chuckle.
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Attorney Convicted of Defrauding Local Company

According to the Acting United States Attorney Carlton S. Shier, IV, Daniel R. Goodwin, an attorney from McLean, Virginia, has been convicted of defrauding a Laurel County construction company, in connection with a purported project to build a “green recycling center” in Manchester, Ky.

Justice VanMeter Formally Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Justice Laurance B. VanMeter was ceremonially sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.

State of the Commonwealth: Bevin Says Tax Plan Will Not be Neutral

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said some people will have to pay more under a proposal to overhaul the state's tax code.

Billboard in Frankfort Tells Everyone to ‘BE KIND’

A new billboard with a simple message is up in Frankfort along Hwy. 127 as drivers enter downtown.
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“Sunny Page” Program Aims to Help Disabled Children

A bipartisan program has been introduced in the Kentucky State Senate to encourage children with disabilities to participate as pages in the Senate.
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Legislature to Vet Charter Schools, Criminal Justice Reform

Kentucky lawmakers are focusing on charter schools and criminal justice reform as they return to work following a month-long recess.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Hold Rally in Frankfort

Holding rallies at the Capitol is nothing new. People do it often to try and convince law makers to support their causes.

Rally to Solve Hunger Held in Frankfort

The Rally to Solve Hunger was held in Frankfort on Tuesday, bringing attention to the number of people facing food insecurity in the state.

Gov. Bevin Hosts 51st Annual Prayer Breakfast

About 1,000 elected officials, community leaders and private citizens from across the Commonwealth joined Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday morning for the 51st annual Kentucky Governors Prayer Breakfast at the Frankfort Convention Center.
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Donors Urgently Needed to Increase Red Cross Blood Supply

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments.

Hundreds Rally for School Choice in Frankfort

Several hundred people have braved snowy conditions to attend a rally outside the Kentucky Capitol advocating for school choice.
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Kentucky’s Unemployment Rate Holds at 4.8 Percent

Kentucky's unemployment rate stayed at 4.8 percent in December.

UPDATE: Two Juveniles Charged in Franklin Co. “Dog-Kicking” Case

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton alongside County Attorney Rick Sparks announced Friday, two juveniles involved in the kicking of a Frankfort dog face charges of animal cruelty and complicity.
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FCPS Hires Lobbying Firm for First Time in its History

For the first time in its history, the Fayette County Board of Education hired a lobbying firm to represent its interests in Frankfort and beyond.

Kentucky pegged as “weakest in U.S.” for animal protection laws

Franklin County's sheriff expects updates in the investigation of three juveniles and an elderly dog, kicked in the head on video.
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GOP Leaders Say Plenty Left to Do When Legislature Returns

After approving seven bills in five days with no opposition among their ranks, Kentucky Republicans are likely to tackle the thornier issues of taxes and criminal justice reform when they return to Frankfort.
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Bevin: New laws will be in effect by Monday

All seven bills passed in the General Assembly on Saturday are expected to be signed into law Monday.
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Frankfort Police Investigating Shooting

Before lawmakers gathered for a weekend session, a shooting in Frankfort sent a man to the hospital.

Caregiver Arrested for Alleged Abuse and Neglect

Attorney General Andy Beshear today announced a Winchester man has been arraigned in Clark County Circuit Court for alleged abuse and neglect during his time as a group home caregiver.

Beshear: Indiana Man Arrested in Frankfort for Seeking Sex with Minor

Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit today announced an Indiana man has been arrested in Frankfort for seeking sex with a minor.
KY Capitol

Lawmakers adjust 2017 session calendar; will meet in session tomorrow

The Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives will convene tomorrow (Saturday, January 7) under a change in the 2017 legislative calendar approved by legislative leaders.
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GOP Majorities Keep Fast-Break Pace in Advancing Bills

Kentucky Republicans have stayed on a fast-break pace of advancing many of their priorities.
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UPDATE: Kentucky House Passes Prevailing Wage Repeal

Construction workers hired for publicly financed projects would earn less money under a bill that has cleared the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives.
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Kentucky Democrat Files Transgender Bathroom Bill

A Democratic lawmaker in Kentucky has filed a bill to ban transgender bathroom use in public buildings.

“New Majority” begins 2017 General Assembly session

Tuesday morning, lawmakers met in Frankfort for the first time this year but it was for the first time in nearly 100 years that Republicans took over the Kentucky House of Representatives.

Franklin Co. Sheriff Looking for Stolen ATV, Trailer

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) - The Franklin Co. Sheriff says a Chevy Tahoe may have been involved with the theft of a 2015 Polaris Razor...
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One Arrested After Tuesday Night Frankfort Standoff

Police in Frankfort say a man is behind bars after a standoff on Timothy Drive overnight.
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Friend: Pizza Delivery Driver Found Dead in Frankfort Had No Enemies

A close friend of the young man found dead Tuesday in Frankfort says his friend had no enemies.
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Frankfort PD Investigating After Body Found in Car

Police in Frankfort are calling a death "suspicious," after finding a body in a car.

City of Frankfort Looking for Public Input on W. Main St. Project

The city of Frankfort is asking for input from the public in regards to changing traffic flow on a portion of West Main Street.

Fire Department Recruits Participate in Joint Training Exercise

Recruits from the Frankfort and Georgetown Fire Departments, joined by Franklin County Fire Fighters, participated in a joint training exercise on Monday at Frankfort’s training facility on Kentucky Avenue.

UPDATE: Man Indicted for Murder of Frankfort Woman

A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted 40-year old Toma Washington for the shooting death of 24-year old Jaleesa Robinson on December 13, 2016.
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Woman Hit by Car in Frankfort

Frankfort Police say a woman was airlifted to UK Hospital after being hit by a car while trying to cross Versailles Road.

Frankfort protests don’t change minds of Republican electors

Early morning protesters on the steps of the state house in Frankfort hoped to sway electors meeting in the capitol to cast votes in the 2016 presidential election.

Group Calls for Protests in Frankfort Monday

A national call for protests on Monday as the electoral college meets will include demonstrations in Frankfort.
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Kentucky Senate Democrats Re-elect 2 of 3 Leaders

Kentucky Senate Democrats have re-elected two of their top leaders.
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Remembering Jaleesa Robinson, Frankfort’s First Murder Victim of the Year

The year is almost over and Frankfort Police are investigating the city’s first homicide of 2016.
Toma Washington

UPDATE: Suspect in Fatal Frankfort Shooting Turns Himself In

Frankfort Police say Toma Washington, suspected in the shooting death of Jaleesa Robinson at a Frankfort apartment complex, has turned himself in.
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Regulators Allow Big Rivers to Sell Power to 9 Cities

Big Rivers Electric Corp. could potentially provide wholesale electric power to as many as nine Kentucky cities under a contract approved by the state's Public Service Commission.

Franklin Co. Sheriff Looking for Suspect Who Broke Into School

The Franklin Co. Sheriff is asking for help from the public in identifying a man who he says broke into the Western Hills High School.
Andrew Powell, Kimberly Powell

Franklin County mother admits to neglecting children

A Franklin County mother admitted to neglecting her three children to a circuit court judge last week.

Protesters Rally in Support of Standing Rock

Veterans and supporters from across Kentucky met in front of the capitol building to express their support for the Standing Rock protesters and to also call on state and federal lawmakers to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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Crew Cleaning, Restoring Kentucky Capitol

A major restoration project is underway at the State Capitol in Frankfort.

“Standing with Standing Rock” Protest to be Held Sunday in Frankfort

In solidarity with protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, local organizers are planning a protest of their own in Frankfort this Sunday at noon.
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Man Arrested, Another Injured, After Franklin Co. Shooting

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says that a man is behind bars after a shooting on Bald Knob Road that sent another man to the hospital.
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Judge Clears Way for Bevin to Appoint Workers’ Comp Judges

A Kentucky judge has cleared the way for Republican Gov. Matt Bevin to appoint six administrative law judges to help ease the backlog of workers' compensation cases.

Ky. man sues after turned down for ‘IM GOD’ license plate

An atheist's request for a personalized license plate saying "IM GOD" was denied by the state of Kentucky, which said it might distract other drivers, and would be in bad taste.
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GOP Keeps Same Leadership Team in Kentucky Senate

Republicans are keeping their same leadership team in the Kentucky Senate as the GOP prepares for a new era of complete control of the General Assembly.

Democrat Wants Inquiry into Delayed Road Project

A Democratic lawmaker who says Republican Gov. Matt Bevin threatened him to switch parties has called for an investigation about why a road project was delayed in his district.

Murder Investigation After Body Found in Franklin Co.

The Franklin County Sheriff is asking for help from the public in a murder investigation.

Hoover names team to help transition to Republican rule

Incoming House Speaker Jeff Hoover has tapped a former Democrat speaker and the state's longest serving GOP legislator to lead the transition to Republican rule for the first time in nearly a century.

House Republicans Nominate Jeff Hoover to be Speaker of Kentucky House

The House Republican super majority voted in a caucus meeting to nominate Jeff Hoover as their leader.

Mom 2 Mom – Frankfort’s 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition

So much to do in downtown Frankfort at their 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition! From great restaurants and shopping, to an art walk, to the "Bourbonanza," and even a steampunk themed bike race, ABC 36's Sarah Pannell previews the Christmas kickoff in this week's "Mom 2 Mom".
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State Emergency Operations Center Activated

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated Thursday in response to the numerous wildland fires across the Commonwealth.

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