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9:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Universities Push Senators on Immigration

The presidents of Kentucky's public universities have signed a letter urging the state's U.S. senators to help overhaul the immigration system.

The letter, sent to Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, says American universities educate some of the world's top international students only to see some of them leave under current U.S. immigration policies and work for competing companies abroad.

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2013 KY General Assembly
9:12 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Committee Chairmen Seeks to Scale Back Hemp Bill

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A Kentucky House committee chairman says he’ll scale back an industrial hemp bill to allow the University of Kentucky to seek permission to study the crop that is currently banned by the federal government. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom McKee says his amendment would have UK test hemp if it received a federal permit.

McKee said he plans to offer the amendment when the Agriculture Committee takes up the hemp bill today in Frankfort. 

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Politics
9:06 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Illinois House Committee OKs Gay Marriage

An Illinois House committee has endorsed allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry. The House Executive Committee voted last night to move a measure lifting the state's ban on same-sex marriage to the floor.

Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says his bill is a matter of treating gay and heterosexual couples equally under the law.  Advocates say the measure would also help eliminate discrimination against children of homosexual couples. But opponents say the bill steps on religious freedom. They argue lawmakers don't have the right to redefine marriage.

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Politics
9:04 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Whitfield Introduces Bill to Keep Tailwaters Open

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U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield has introduced a bill to keep the Army Corps of Engineers from blocking fishing near dams on the Cumberland River, a plan that’s drawn outrage from anglers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Whitfield met earlier with corps officials and said he was prepared to file legislation if necessary.  Whitfield says his Freedom to Fish Act allows continued boating access to river tailwaters for sportsmen and recreational fishermen.

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Society
8:23 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky State Parks Offer Adventure Quest

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Kentucky's state parks are offering a trivia and digital photo contest for families and friends. The Family Adventure Quest presents a series of challenges that teams complete by seeking out places or subjects in state parks and supplying a photo as the answer.

Teams of two to six people have until Dec. 5 to complete the quests.

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Environment
8:12 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Army Corps Reports on 2011 Mississippi Flood

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.

The Army Corps released a report Monday saying the Mississippi River and Tributaries system was operated as it was designed to work and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along of the nation's most important inland waterway.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:08 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Kentucky Panel Passes Bill Closing Amusement Ride Loophole

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Kentucky is coming closer to closing a loophole that allows amusement ride operators to avoid paying fines for safety violations.

The House Committee on Agriculture and Small Business has approved a bill that requires operators to pay fines regardless of a change in their business's name or ownership. Operators have been able to dodge fines after transferring ownership or renaming themselves, according to Sen. Morgan McGarvey, the bill's sponsor.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Liberal Group Airs Second Ad Attacking McConnell

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A Washington-based group has started airing its second TV ad in Kentucky criticizing U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on his pro-gun record.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee began airing the spot Monday, saying it spent $100,000 on both ads. The newest ad focuses on Gary Nutt, a Cub Run resident and gun owner who supports a reinstatement of a ban on military-style weapons. Nutt criticizes McConnell's support from the gun lobby and for "blocking reform" and asks who’s side the senator is on.

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2013 TN General Assembly
10:20 am
Mon February 25, 2013

TN Safety Department fees fell short, seeks $7.6M

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The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is requesting over 7 and a half million dollars to supplement its budget after a planned windfall from driver's license fees failed to materialize.  A 2011 bill allowed the state to revoke the licenses of people who don’t pay criminal fines and court costs.

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2013 KY General Assembly
10:12 am
Mon February 25, 2013

States push for laws to protect sex trade victims

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Kentucky may soon join a small but growing number of states enacting laws to protect juvenile victims of the sex trade.  House Bill 3 would restrict authorities' ability to charge minors with offenses related to prostitution and require minors suspected to be involved in prostitution receive social services. 

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