Each Ballot Matters: One Vote Decided a Kentucky House Race

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Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead of the election to make sure her vote was counted.

Glenn won by one vote.

"It made me feel good," Goetz said. "It made you feel like your vote really counted."

As the nation watches election officials in Florida and Georgia painstakingly review results in high-profile Senate and governor's races, many less prominent races across the country were decided by agonizingly close margins.

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The Food and Drug Administration announced new steps on Thursday aimed at further decreasing U.S. smoking rates, which have been falling for decades. 

The FDA is proposing a ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, and restricting the sale of most flavored versions of electronic cigarettes. 

Former U.S. Congressman Ben Chandler, who now leads The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, responded to the FDA announcement during an interview with WKU Public Radio.

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It as an evening of old time music on Nov. 10 when two Kentucky groups -  The Local Honeys and Barren River Ramblers took the stage at The Capitol Arts Center in Bowling Green for Lost River Sessions LIVE. 

The Local Honeys include Linda Jean Stokley, Montana Hobbs and Megan Gregory.

The Barren River Ramblers, from Bowling Green, are composed of John Conley, Todd Seguin and Brady Somerville. 

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The U.S. government will charge the man who killed two people in a Jeffersontown Kroger last month with  federal hate crimes.  A federal grand jury in Louisville returned three hate crime indictments against 51-year-old Gregory Bush on Thursday afternoon.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced that Bush will be charged with six counts. Two of those counts are shooting and killing two victims based upon race, while one is attempting to shoot based on race. The other three are federal gun charges.

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Marsy's Law Case

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The Kentucky Supreme Court says it will hear a case about whether a Constitutional amendment voters have approved will stand.

The court announced Thursday it will hear arguments on Feb. 8 for "Marsy's Law."

The proposed amendment to the state Constitution would guarantee the rights of crime victims, including the right to be notified of and present for more court proceedings.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down a new law that requires medical malpractice claims to be screened by a panel of doctors before they can move on to court, saying that the measure “delays access to the courts.”

In an opinion written by Chief Justice John Minton, the court ruled that the measure violated the state constitution.

“Of all the rights guaranteed by state constitutions but absent from the federal Bill of Rights, the guarantee of a right of access to the courts to obtain a remedy for injury is possibly the most important,” Minton wrote.

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the state’s “right-to-work” law, a measure that bans unionized companies from requiring workers to pay union dues.

The Republican-controlled legislature passed the law last year, saying that it would make Kentucky more attractive to businesses looking to relocate to the state. Unions quickly sued to try and block the legislation.

In a 4-3 ruling, the high court rejected the challenge. Justice Laurance VanMeter wrote that “the legislature is permitted to set the economic policy for the Commonwealth.”

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Kentucky Downs is being sold and its new owners are pledging improvements and expansions at the Simpson County horse-racing track.

Kentucky Racing Acquisition, LLC has agreed to purchase the track from parent company Kentucky Downs Partners, the investment group that has owned the venue since 2007. 

KRA was co-founded by Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, both well-known within the horse racing and casino gaming industries.  Winchell oversees Winchell Thoroughbreds, his family’s racing and breeding operation in Lexington.  Falcone brings financial and gaming experience to Kentucky Downs.

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A federal court in Louisville has begun hearing arguments over a new set of abortion restrictions that passed out of the Republican-led Kentucky legislature earlier this year.

The only abortion provider in the state is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over the measure, which requires doctors to induce fetal death before performing “dilation and evacuation” abortions — the most common procedure for women seeking to end their pregnancies in the second trimester.

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Officials with the U.S. Department of Energy paid a visit to Mt. Washington Elementary in Bullitt County on Tuesday to recognize the district for its energy efficiency improvements.

In a little more than a decade, the Bullitt County Public School District has reduced energy use in schools by about 30 percent, which amounts to about $6 million in savings across 27 buildings.

The district, which serves more than 13,000 students, is a partner in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program that encourages energy efficiency.


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