UPDATE: The session continues Saturday.

Here is the budget story from Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh:

It was touch and go most of Friday, but in the end, the Kentucky General Assembly approved a new state budget.

The logjam broke Friday afternoon, after a meeting between House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President David Williams in Williams’ office.  As he emerged from the meeting, Speaker Stumbo announced the good news to a swarm of reporters.

“We’re all trying to accomplish the same things,” he says. “We were saying the same things.  We just happened to be saying it in little bit different ways.”

At issue were dilapidated schools across the commonwealth, and the new budget addresses the problem.

“To make sure that the districts are given an opportunity – all of them – to build these Category Five schools, in a fair and equitable manner,” said Stumbo.

The compromise budget later passed the House 86-7, the Senate 35-0, clearing the way for adjournment of the special session on day five, as scheduled.

And here is an update on the bourbon tasting bill from Kentucky Public Radio’s Stu Johnson:

Legislation to allow free liquor samples at certain events including the World Equestrian games this fall failed to make it through the general assembly.   A bill calling for permanent approval of such an expansion of the sampling law went down to defeat in the house.  Lexington representative Ruth Ann Palumbo was disappointed the concerns couldn’t be worked out.

“It was a perfect opportunity or will be at the games to showcase our signature product in Kentucky because people in Europe aren’t familiar with the bourbon industry,” she said.

Louisville representative Tom Riner expressed concern about free sampling sending a pro-alcohol message to young children.  He admits he was surprised the measure didn’t pass the house.  Riner says he thought the distilled spirits industry had secured enough votes to pass it.

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