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McConnell’s maneuvers take backseat to Trump in shutdown

The Republican leader has been conspicuously deferential to Trump since the shutdown began. He’s waiting on the president and Democrats to make a deal to end it. The result is an unusually inactive profile for the GOP leader who’s often the behind-the-scenes architect of intricate legislative maneuvers to resolve bitter partisan stalemates.

The shutdown today: IRS recalls about 46,000 workers

The Internal Revenue Service is recalling about 46,000 of its employees furloughed by the partial government shutdown to handle tax returns and pay out refunds. For now, they’ll have to work without pay.

Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won’t get paid

President Donald Trump is edging closer to declaring a national emergency to fund his long-promised border wall, as pressure mounts to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.

Trump’s border visit comes as shutdown talks fall apart

President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

Trump links drugs, violent crime to lack of border wall

President Donald Trump urged congressional Democrats to fund his long-promised border wall in a somber televised address that was heavy with dark immigration rhetoric but offered little in the way of concessions or new ideas to break the standoff that has left large swaths of the government shuttered for 18 days.

Trump to take his case to build wall to prime-time audience

With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation Tuesday night that a “crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he’s demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks Friday as the shutdown drags through a third week.

Border clash was at least 2nd use of tear gas since November

Just after people raised their glasses to ring in the New Year, about 150 migrants gathered at a section of border wall in Tijuana to try to cross into the United States, many of them asylum seekers fed up with the long wait to have their claims processed.

After shutdown talks go nowhere, officials to try again

No one budged at President Donald Trump’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persisted over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. They’ll all try again Friday.

House Democrats have plan to fund government, but not a wall

A week and a half into a partial government shutdown, House Democrats released their plan to re-open the government without approving money for President Donald Trump’s border wall. At the same time, the president struggled to find leverage to break the stalemate before the GOP’s monopoly on Washington power ended.

Chances look slim for ending government shutdown soon

Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon.

CBP orders medical checks after second child’s death

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ordered medical checks on every child in its custody Tuesday after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died, marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency’s care this month.

White House: Trump would accept less money for border wall

Both sides in the long-running fight over funding President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall appear to have moved toward each other, but a shutdown of one-fourth of the federal government entered Christmas without a clear resolution in sight.

Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a border wall with Mexico.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers studying impact of future Town Branch Park

The Town Branch Fund has announced an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the impact of the future Town Branch Park.
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City gets $2 million to fund opioid battle

Lexington has funds for additional weapons to use in the war on opioid abuse thanks to a $2 million federal grant.
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Transportation Cabinet announces funding for upgrades to Marina at Rowena access road

As part of Governor Matt Bevin's ongoing commitment to provide a modern and safe transportation system that encourages economic growth across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved $217,000 in discretionary funding for the resurfacing and repair of KY 558 in Russell and Clinton counties.
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Teacher election upset leaves many wondering what’s to come in November

Many are calling it one of the biggest upsets and most telling races of Tuesday's primary election, Rockcastle County teacher Travis Brenda's victory over Jonathan Shell, Kentucky's republican house majority leader.
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Lexington teachers rally for future of education

Teachers from Beaumont Middle School, and some other schools in the area, held a rally of their own ahead of an upcoming rally at the State Capitol.

EKU approves budget cuts

Jobs, academic and athletic programs at Eastern Kentucky University are going away, victim of an estimated $25 million budget deficit.

Federal money for opioid crisis a small step forward

Congress is putting record funding into the fight against the nation's deepening opioid drug crisis.

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