Universal cancels release of 'The Hunt,' controversial film Trump appeared to criticize Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Universal Pictures is canceling the release of "The Hunt" – a film that President Donald Trump seemingly criticized earlier this week.


Kentucky military pilot draws honors for emergency landing Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Lt. Col. John T. Hourigan of the 123rd Airlift Wing received the Distinguished Flying Cross.


Kentucky families and lawmakers rally for universal pre-k education Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

On August 10, a rally brought families and other politicians to a Louisville park to highlight why they feel pre-k education is needed.


Company: Kentucky coal mine to cease production Friday Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Alliance Resource Partners L.P. announced Friday that Dotiki Mine in Webster County will halt production starting Aug. 16.


Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split after less than year of marriage Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Cyrus and Hemsworth, who starred in "The Hunger Games" films, have been an on-and-off again couple for more than a decade. They married in December.


Jailer who resigned after inmate escaped says Jackson Co. Jail needs funding and more staff Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Sheri Ray has worked in corrections for 12 years but had only been at the Jackson County jail for three weeks before resigning.


Teddy Bridgewater 'had that swagger' that comes with believing and trusting in himself Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

It was just a preseason game, but Bridgewater showed being himself meant being awfully good.


PHOTOS: Railbird Festival draws music lovers to Keeneland Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

The inaugural Railbird music festival brought music lovers to Keeneland to see acts such as The Reconteurs, Brandi Carlile, Hozier and Tyler Childers.


Lawmakers Renew Push for Universal Pre-K in Kentucky Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

Kentucky state Representative Josie Raymond (D-Louisville) says she believes she can gain bipartisan support for a renewed effort to expand access to Pre-K in the Commonwealth.

On Saturday, Rep. Raymond led a rally for Pre-K at Brown Park in St. Matthews surrounded by fellow Democratic representatives, Democratic candidate for governor Andy Beshear, several JCPS school board members, youth advocates and parents.

Molly Tevis-Orona spoke about the difference that affordable, subsidized Pre-K made in her life when she was in an abusive relationship and was a stay-at-home mother to her young daughter. To help her go back to work full-time and leave her partner, she needed quality daycare for her daughter. She says, fortunately, she was able to get a subsidized rate for childcare through the state’s child care assistance program.

“Everyone deserves this. No one should sit at home wondering, ‘What am I going to do to make my child’s life better, with no money?'” Tevis-Orona said.

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Molly Tevis-Orona spoke at the rally for Pre-K about how subsidized daycare helped her to leave an abusive relationship.

Other speakers including Beshear and House Minority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, highlighted the educational benefits for children, the financial benefits of state-supported Pre-K for working parents and the potential economic benefits of a better educated workforce in the future.

Expansion of Pre-K has been a hallmark issue for Raymond, who says she hopes to see it come to fruition in Kentucky in a matter of years.

“It is my strong belief that if a woman is pregnant in Kentucky right now — like I am … that our children will be able to go to high quality, full day, publicly funded Pre-K in Kentucky,” Raymond said.

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Social worker Lowry Adams says expanding Pre-K would help her in her work with Kentucky’s Child Protective Services by providing “another set of eyes and ears” to monitor at-risk children.

Push For A Bipartisan Effort

Several speakers, including Attorney General Beshear, thanked the audience for their support of the issue, while acknowledging that they were “preaching to the choir.”

Republican lawmakers were notably absent from the small crowd. Raymond says her hope is to lead a bipartisan push for universal Pre-K in the General Assembly next year, partnering with Representative Steve Sheldon (R-Bowling Green) to co-sponsor a bill they intend to file in January.

Raymond filed a similar bill in the previous legislative session that received no Republican sponsors and never went to a vote after it stalled in committee. She says she believes next year will be different.

“A lot has changed since then,” Raymond said. “The Republican chairwoman of the House education committee [Regina Huff] has said publicly that she wants universal Pre-K in Kentucky. I’ve recruited a Republican co-sponsor next year.”

Their plan is to garner support from 11 Republicans in addition to every House Democrat. One deterrent for fiscal conservatives will be the price of the program; the nonpartisan Legislative Research Commission estimated the cost of Raymond’s previous proposal at more than $250 million.

“We’re going to quibble over the price tag quite a bit,” Raymond said, adding that the bill may ultimately be written as a pathway to Pre-K — such as a plan to research options or expand subsidy programs — rather than a fully-funded program for all 4 year-old children.

Louisville football's culture change means accountability and effort are back Saturday, Aug 10 2019 

The Cardinals are preaching effort and being motivated by a season in which they "all clocked out" early.


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