Stu Johnson (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Stu Johnson is a reporter/producer at WEKU in Lexington, Kentucky.

stu.johnson@eku.edu

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Legislation tied to midwifery across Kentucky generated a great deal of debate in the state Senate on Tuesday.

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Legislation seeking to put into law an existing quota regulation for package liquor licensing continues to move through the Kentucky general assembly.  An effort to weaken the measure fell short in a House Committee Tuesday.

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said congressional Republicans and Democrats do come together to produce successful legislation. 

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  The Kentucky General Assembly will work this week to wrap up action on a number of issues, but that may not include votes on public pension reforms.

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There are lots of items on the negotiating table as legislative leaders from the House and Senate try to reach agreement on a state budget. That includes a matter near and dear to lawmakers and visitors' stomachs. 

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Members of the House State Government Committee rejected a resolution Thursday that sought to change a House rule on committee voting.

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Legislation to bring reforms to female prisons appears to be headed for final passage.

The Senate measure got the approval Wednesday of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Senate consideration of the state budget Tuesday concluded with the measure passing generally along party lines with Democrats voting against the bill and Republicans for the spending plan. The floor debate which preceded the vote featured an often-heard refrain in Frankfort. 

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Update:

Norfolk Southern says it is moving derailed freight cars off the tracks after two trains collided in Georgetown, Kentucky.

The company said in a statement on Monday that four train crew members taken to the hospital after the crash as a precaution have been released with no injuries, though one employee is still being evaluated.

Officials say the trains collided head-on late Sunday, derailing both locomotives and 13 cars. Lexington Fire Department spokeswoman Lt. Jessica Bowman said nearby residents were evacuated as a precaution, but were allowed to return home once officials determined there was no safety risk.

Norfolk Southern said it is working to clear and repair the track and have it back in service Tuesday.

Earlier:  

The investigation continues Monday into a train accident near Georgetown, Kentucky. The collision of two Norfolk Southern freight trains occurred just before midnight Sunday. 

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about efforts to reduce production of opioids Thursday during a stop in Lexington.  The Trump administration AG also met with a group of central Kentuckians who lost loved ones to opioid overdoses.

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