A federal court will hear arguments Thursday over whether to temporarily block Kentucky’s new ultrasound abortion requirement.

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state over the new law on behalf of the last abortion provider in Kentucky, EMW Women’s Surgical Center in Louisville.

The new law, which has been in effect since Jan. 9, requires doctors to perform ultrasounds on women seeking an abortion and narrate a detailed description of the unborn fetus while performing the procedure.

Governor Signs Kentucky Charter Schools Bill Into Law

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Gov. Matt Bevin has signed the charter schools bill into law, allowing the alternative institutions to open up this fall after an application process.

Kentucky is the 44th state in the country to allow charter schools, which will receive public funding and be exempt from most state regulations in an effort to provide innovative education.

Bevin tweeted to mark the occasion:

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Lexington council member Jennifer Scutchfield voiced concerns during Tuesday’s work session about repeated panhandling requests directed at one person.  She said she received a call from a citizen who was approached and asked a number of times for assistance.

“If people feel like they’re being intimidated or harassed when they are going from one business to their car or going to a night out for dinner.   You know, we want people to feel welcomed in our city,” said Scutchfield.

'Living With Animals,' Focus of Conference at EKU

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Eastern Kentucky University is hosting its biennial "Living with Animals" conference.  The international conference includes presenters and attendees from countries like Germany, France, Denmark, and Sweden.    

More than 30 Kentucky county and state prosecutors are undergoing intensive trial advocacy training this week in Lexington.  The Kentucky Prosecutor's Institute is designed for those who've pursued fewer than five trials.

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2017 started in the Lexington community with an uptick in unemployment.  Lexington’s Finance Commissioner sees no reason to sound an economic alarm. 

The jobless rate for Fayette County jumped almost a percentage point from December to January, going from 3.1 percent to 4 percent. 

Finance Commissioner Bill O’Mara says more study may lend more answers, but he says there’s typically less employment past the holiday period.  Plus more people are likely looking for work.

Owensboro Municipal Utilities is switching to a different source of energy after more than 100 years of burning coal.

There’s a lot of talk - and hope - among some Kentucky residents that coal will make a comeback. But Owensboro Municipal Utilities says it’s seen the writing on the wall and coal will be completely phased over the next six years. 

Sonya Dixon is a spokeswoman for OMU.

“This is a monumental change in the way that OMU has done business. You know, we have burned coal for the last 117 years and obviously, this is a shift, but we feel it’s a positive one in the best interest of our customers.” 

Kentucky Congressman James Comer discussed healthcare in the first district with President Donald Trump on Air Force One to and from Louisville on Monday.

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed a motion to intervene in Kentucky State University’s lawsuit against University of Kentucky’s student newspaper the Kentucky Kernel.

On this week's special edition of the show, we'll hear from: former NPR newscaster Jean Cochran; political correspondent Don Gonyea; science correspondent Joe Palca; and Wait Wait..Don't Tell Me's Peter Sagal.

It's a recorded edition of the show but you don't want to miss it!

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When Beth Jacobs was 16 years old, she needed a ride home. She had missed her bus after work again after promising her father she was responsible enough not to make it a habit. She asked a man she thought was a friend to give her a lift. He offered her a drink from his car’s cup holder. She took a sip and woke up in a parking lot hours later.

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The Road To Recovery

On a recent gray winter morning Tomas Green drove the rain slick streets of Ranson in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. No matter the weather, Green helps transport clients working through addiction at the Jefferson Day Report Center get to their treatment sessions and meetings.


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