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The top leader in the Republican-led Kentucky Senate is sounding increasingly pessimistic about prospects for a bill to overhaul the state's public pension systems.

Ryland Barton

After Republican leaders of the state Senate scrapped a critical vote to change retirement benefits for public workers last week, it’s unclear when or if the legislation will come back up for a vote.

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A Republican state senator in Kentucky's legislature sponsored a bill this year she thought everyone would like: Make pharmacists tell patients how important it is to destroy unused prescription opioids.

Ryland Barton

Teacher Jessica Page was showing her central Kentucky elementary school students how to play the recorder last Friday while fearing the worst from state Senate deliberations in the capital city: lawmakers have begun considering potential reforms to the state's woefully underfunded public pension system, and cutting some benefits for retired teachers was among leading possibilities.

Ryland Barton

This week in Kentucky politics, the state senate decided to not vote on a controversial pension bill as teachers and other state workers protested at the state capitol. It’s unclear how the legislation might be revised and lawmakers only have a little more than two weeks until a major deadline in this year’s legislative session.

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Hundreds of teachers in central Kentucky rallied in front of public schools Thursday morning to protest proposed cuts to their retirement benefits in what could be a precursor to a statewide strike.

J. Tyler Franklin / WFPL

Gov. Matt Bevin says teachers are wrongfully attacking him for pushing to overhaul the state’s ailing pension systems, saying they’re either “ill-informed or willfully blind.”

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

A new bill proposing to reform the state's pension systems was unveiled last month in the Kentucky Senate. The bill differs from the one Governor Matt Bevin proposed last year. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with representatives of the Calloway County Retired Teachers Association to understand some of the differences, how they affect current and retired teachers, why pension liabilities keep increasing in higher education and how the new bill could affect local economies.

Ryland Barton, WFPL

Hundreds of teachers and other state employees packed the Kentucky Capitol on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers presented their new plan to overhaul the state’s ailing pension systems.

Jenni Todd, WKMS

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton was recently in Murray, visiting businesses including Iwis and Pella as well as touring the engineering programs at Murray State University. She also stopped by WKMS.

On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Hampton about healing in the Marshall County community after a school shooting there last month, the Bevin administration's response to gun violence, the pension overhaul, STEM education, business growth and infrastructure demands.

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