Some St. Matthews residents voice concerns about addiction recovery homes Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Some residents want the city to come up with its own ordinance dealing with transitional homes, but the city attorney says it's not possible.

Spalding’s 3-pointer lifts young Eastern squad over North Bullitt in boys LIT Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Jaden Rogers has big game as Fern Creek cruises past Waggener

       

Butler cruises past St. Xavier in the boys LIT on Tuesday night Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Butler coach K.C. Goodin talks after his team collects a big win over St. Xavier and prepares for Ballard next in the LIT.

       

Gov. Beshear Calls For More Education Funding In First Address Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Gov. Andy Beshear delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, urging the state legislature to move beyond partisan disagreements and support his agenda.

One week into Kentucky’s annual legislative session, Beshear called on lawmakers to curb insulin costs, reform the criminal justice system and find new revenue by legalizing sports betting.

Beshear also called on lawmakers to pass a budget that gives teachers a $2,000 per year raise and end cuts to higher education.

“The education-first budget that I’m constructing will be designed to provide us with the opportunity to truly change lives moving forward and it will absolutely embrace higher education,” Beshear said.

Beshear will unveil his budget proposal during another official address on Jan 28.

Tuesday’s State of the Commonwealth address was one of the few times in state history that a governor addressed a legislature controlled by the opposite party.

This year the Republican-legislature is in charge of writing a two-year state budget. With veto-proof majorities in each chamber, Republicans will be in charge of the budget writing process.

Beshear, a Democrat, said that lawmakers need to avoid partisan squabbles.

“Every moment that we focus on partisanship, every moment we focus on national divisions, we fail to address the reality that is before us,” Beshear said.

Beshear also touted executive orders he made during his first month in office — restoring voting rights to people with non-violent felony convictions, rescinding Gov. Bevin’s proposed Medicaid work requirements and waiving the GED testing fee.

To pay for his initiatives Beshear again suggested legalizing casino gambling, a plan that Republican leaders in the state Senate say is a non-starter.

Republican House Speaker David Osborne called Beshear’s speech “pleasant,” but said it was unrealistic.

“The only thing he didn’t propose was puppies,” Osborne said.

“It is great to throw out wonderful proposals and ideas, but at some point in time we have to face the reality of how we’re going to manage those and how we’re going to actually fund them.”

Former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration predicted that the state would have a $1.1 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. Economists have predicted the state will bring in little new revenue over that period.

Republican leaders like Gov. Andy Beshear’s tone but are skeptical about promises Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

"The only thing he didn't propose was puppies," House Speaker David Osborne said of Beshear's first State of the Commonwealth address.

       

Kentucky governor reaffirms support for teacher pay raise Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear will give his first State of the Commonwealth speech to lawmakers and a statewide television audience Tuesday evening.

Louisville basketball comes alive in final minutes to top Pittsburgh in overtime Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Louisville basketball looked dead in the water Tuesday at Pittsburgh but rallied late to top the Panthers in overtime, with Duke ahead on Saturday.

       

Key GLI Priorities in Governor Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear delivered his first State of the Commonwealth address this evening to a joint session of the General Assembly. Historically, the State of the Commonwealth has served as an opportunity for Kentucky governors – especially new governors – to highlight major policy initiatives and priorities for the...

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Gov. Andy Beshear pleads for unity in his first State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Gov. Andy Beshear stressed his already familiar themes of unity and bipartisanship on Tuesday in his first State of the Commonwealth address.

       

Spoiler alert: What happened Tuesday on ‘Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time’ Tuesday, Jan 14 2020 

Seriously don't click on this unless you want to know what happened Tuesday night on 'Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time.'

        

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