Late Capitolism: Banks want tax cuts in KYGA19, Hemp’s almost here

Banks want tax breaks in KYGA19 — Kentucky Bankers Association wants lawmakers to tax banks like they do other corporations. “But estimates show that could cost the state $50 million a year in revenue at a time when lawmakers are struggling to pay off massive pension debts.” Senate President Robert Stivers supports it. [AP]

Witness tampering in MCHS shooting case? An evidentiary hearing to determine whether witness tampering occurred in the Marshall County High School shooting case is set for February 1st. The date was set in a hearing on Friday. [WKMS]

Bush Death React Roundup Quotes from several Kentucky and Indiana politirati. McConnell: “This devoted father and decorated patriot spent decades serving his country, from the skies above the south Pacific to our nation’s highest office.” [WHAS]

HCC president search finalists – The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has named three finalists in the presidential search for Henderson Community College. Finalists: John McCoy (Wallace State Community College dean), Shannon Kennedy (Cleveland Community College vice president), and Jason Warren (chief student affairs officer, Hopkinsville Community College). [WKMS]

Here comes hemp — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told a Kentucky farm group that federal lawmakers are close to passing a new farm bill that will include full legalization of hemp. Quote: “I’m not here to spike the ball in the end zone yet… But I think all the pieces are in place. And one of those pieces is the legalization of industrial hemp.” [AP]

Justice coal corps settle with regulators — Five of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family companies have paid their bills after agreeing to a discounted settlement over payment of coal transportation fees. [AP]

Coast Guard response to Ohio River fuel leak — The Coast Guard says it is responding to contain diesel fuel leaking from two sunken vessels on the Ohio River. [AP]

Courier Journal reporter who couldn’t type was actually spy — When 28-year-old Robert H. Campbell was hired as a Courier Journal reporter in December 1964, he couldn’t type and seemed to know little about writing a newspaper story. [CJ]

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