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Round-Up: Thursday Morning January 3

Check out what's making news locally and across the state.

LAWSUIT FILED TO DISSOLVE NKY AREA PLANNING COMMISSION

After failing to collect enough proper signatures to place a proposed dissolution of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission on the ballot, a Northern Kentucky Tea Party loyalist and attorney Brandon Voelker have turned to the courts:

“It just needs to go away,” Voelker said.

When Campbell County withdrew from NKAPC in 1984, a judge wrote that an area planning commission with only one county member is “contrary to the overall concept of area planning in general.” Voelker said a judge examining the issues came to the same legal conclusion as he and Gatlin nearly three decades ago.

Those who want to dissolve the NKAPC have said they want to save money, streamline services and make government more responsive. Supporters disagree. They say repealing the tax would shift the financial burden to local government and cost taxpayers more.

Kenton Co. Attorney Garry Edmonson calls the claims baseless. Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Jim Hannah

A MESSAGE FROM THE EMERGENCY SHELTER OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY

From the shelter on Scott Boulevard:

As of today, we have served 216 people with shelter. We will surpass our 326 number from last winter year as we continue to see below freezing temperatures. We are currently looking for morning volunteers for Saturday and Sunday from 7am-9am. For more information, please email [email protected]

LAWMAKER PUSHES TO ABOLISH KENTUCKY'S DEATH PENALTY

A Democratic state representative from central Kentucky will sponsor a bill to abolish the state's death penalty:

Democratic state Rep. Carl Rollins of Midway drafted a measure that would make Kentucky's stiffest sentence life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Rollins bill calls for the term "capital punishment" to be stricken altogether from state law.

Similar legislation has been introduced intermittently in Kentucky over the past 25 years, but has never garnered enough support to pass.

The Rev. Patrick Delahanty, chairman of the Kentucky Coalition To Abolish The Death Penalty, said he's heartened that Rollins already posted the bill last week and it's ready to be filed when lawmakers convene on Jan. 8. Delahanty, a Catholic priest, said he senses growing support for the measure.

Full story: Associated Press/Roger Alford

Groups still working to reform Kentucky liquor laws WFPL

Kentucky legislators unlikely to put health care exchange into law Kentucky Public Radio

McConnell praised, scorned by KY Republicans after fiscal cliff deal Herald-Leader

Tea Party leaders upset with McConnell WFPL

McConnell campaigns on fiscal cliff deal LEO Weekly

Rand Paul's former campaign manager recruiting a primary challenge for McConnell? LEO Weekly

City school district to merge with county system in southern Kentucky Herald-Leader

Kentucky sports promoter sues NCAA USA Today

KENTUCKY SOLDIERS NEED HELP STAYING WARM IN AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan isn't always hot. Right now it's in the teens and twenties and Kentucky soldiers are asking for care packages:

Government issued items weren't enough to battle sub-zero temperatures in the mountains. "I did receive care packages which were a blessing," said Guzman.

"The hand and foot warmers are like gold over there," said Christy Faulkner, who started Operation Resilient Warrior to support our military in many different ways. One of the most rewarding parts of her job is sending care packages each month. But recently, she got a special request from The Kentucky Guard Ag-5 unit. "We were talking about we got a little bit of snow, they got a lot of snow and they were relaying to me that they were looking at negative temperatures. So they were asking if you're going to send us boxes can they be warm items," Faulkner said.

Full story with video and details on how you can help: WDRB

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DON'T MISS WEDNESDAY'S ROUND-UP!

Does Covington face a $75 million liability in pension contributions? One commissioner thinks so. Plus, State Rep. Arnold Simpson says, "I think I'm in the game" in his challenge for a leadership post in Frankfort. Those stories and more -- at the link. RCN Wednesday Morning Round-Up

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