Kentucky officials worry bankrupt mines may abandon cleanup Friday, Jan 24 2020 

In a hearing this week in West Virginia that Blackjewel LLC and Revelation Energy might leave taxpayers with a bill for millions in mine reclamation costs.

        

Democrats To Hold Final Day Of Arguments Before Trump’s Team Takes The Stage Friday, Jan 24 2020 

House Democrats on Friday will launch their third and final day of opening arguments that President Trump should be convicted and removed from office. The president’s lawyers will have a turn to lay out the case for acquittal this weekend.

Democrats will resume the Senate impeachment trial of the president at 1 p.m. Watch the proceedings live here when it begins.

The House passed two articles of impeachment against Trump in December: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Democratic impeachment managers plan to focus on obstruction on Friday, after looking at abuse of power on Thursday.

Democrats contend that President Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigations that would help him in the 2020 election. They also say that Trump obstructed their investigation of the circumstances of that effort, including the temporary withholding of military aid to Ukraine.

In Thursday’s session, the House managers argued that Trump’s behavior was what the nation’s Founding Fathers hoped to guard against.

“That is why this president must be removed from office, especially before he continues his effort to corrupt our next election,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. “Simply stated, impeachment is the Constitution’s final answer to a president who mistakes himself for a king.”

In winding down Thursday’s session, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said there is overwhelming evidence that the president has done what he is charged with and said he posed a “danger to the country.”

“OK, he’s guilty. Does he really need to be removed?” Schiff rhetorically asked the chamber. Yes, he argued, because Trump would not reliably put the interests of the country before his own.

“You can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. He will do what’s right for Donald Trump,” Schiff said. “If you find him guilty, you must find that he should be removed.”

Trump’s legal team is set to begin its own opening arguments on Saturday. Like the House managers, Trump’s lawyers have 24 hours over three days to make their case, before a period of questioning by the senators.

The president and his supporters have maintained that Trump had real concerns about corruption in Ukraine, saying the call for probes was not driven by a desire to boost Trump’s own political prospects. They say it is Democrats who are seeking political gain by launching an inquiry in the first place.

Republicans have largely stood by Trump, and since they hold a majority in the Senate, Trump is likely to be acquitted of both charges.

Read more about the Senate trial process here.

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Kentucky voter ID bill for voting clears Senate committee Wednesday, Jan 22 2020 

The bill's supporters include Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams.

        

Bill advances to pause Indiana coal power plant closings Wednesday, Jan 22 2020 

That vote came after the committee scaled back the bill so that restrictions on power plant closures only last until July 2021.

        

A Kentucky Senate Bill looks to improve school safety; but how much will it cost? Wednesday, Jan 22 2020 

Three items promoting school safety are featured, however, funding is becoming a very difficult math problem for lawmakers to calculate.

        

Kentucky high court asked to fix ‘badly broken’ bail system Wednesday, Jan 22 2020 

In a petition to the state's highest court Friday, the department says Supreme Court action is needed to protect defendants' rights to reasonable bail.

        

Former KBE members ousted by Beshear file new lawsuit in federal court Saturday, Jan 18 2020 

According to a news release, seven of the eleven former board members have withdrawn their previous circuit court lawsuit.

        

Kentucky Republican youngest woman elected in state House Friday, Jan 17 2020 

Samara Heavrin no stranger to the Capitol having worked in the treasurer’s office testifying on bills, helping author legislation and collaborating with lawmakers.

        

Kentucky governor makes case for criminal-justice reforms Friday, Jan 17 2020 

Beshear says the state needs to reduce incarceration rates, which in turn would create opportunities to consolidate prisons.

        

Bill calls for expedited marijuana research Thursday, Jan 16 2020 

Pharmacist and State Representative Danny Bentley testified for his resolution to call for the feds to research Medical Marijuana.

        

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