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2013 KY General Assembly
7:15 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill Raising Dropout Age to 18

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Students wouldn't be allowed to drop out of school before their 18th birthday under legislation that passed in the House Thursday.

Two-term Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has been promoting the legislation for years, most recently in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech. The proposal would increase the dropout age incrementally from 16 to 18 over a period of years, giving both students and school districts time to adjust to the change.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:58 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Bill Passes to Extend High School Age for Refugees

Local school boards could allow refugees and foreign-born students to extend their stay in high school from age 21 to 23 under a bill passed the House Thursday. State Rep. Jody Richards, a Bowling Green Democrat who sponsored the bill, says it would help these students catch up after arriving in this country with a poor education.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Stivers Pledges to Get Military Voting Bill Filed

Senate President Robert Stivers says he intends to file legislation to ensure that Kentucky soldiers deployed overseas can cast ballots back home. The designation "Senate Bill 1" has been reserved for the proposal, signifying it is the Senate's top priority, but the legislation wasn’t filed as of Thursday, and the deadline is today.

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Politics
6:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Illinois Senate Votes to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed.  Lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage yesterday with a 34 - 21 vote. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats also hold a majority.

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Crime
6:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Hearing Reset for Man Accused of Killing Hickman Mayor

A pre-trial hearing for a western Kentucky man charged in the fatal shooting of the Hickman mayor has been reset. The hearing was held Thursday in Fulton County Circuit Court where a prosecutor and the defense attorney for 30-year-old Tommy Lattus agreed to another pre-trial hearing March 4. 

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Government
2:48 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Fort Campbell Cutting Medical Services

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Fort Campbell's hospital will be cutting a popular medication service and reducing hours at its pharmacy as it prepares for looming military budget cuts.

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2013 KY General Assembly
8:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

House Panel Moves Bill to Take DNA After Arrest

The House Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that will require police to take DNA samples when they arrest people on felony charges. If the measure is approved by the full Legislature, Kentucky would join 25 other states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees.

The vote was unanimous and will proceed to the full House for consideration.

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Environment
7:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Kentucky Forest Fire Hazard Season Begins

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Spring forest fire hazard season begins Friday across Kentucky. The Division of Forestry says burning anything within 150 feet of woodlands during daylight hours is illegal between Feb. 15 and April 30. Debris fires may be legally set after 6 p.m., when conditions are less likely to spread flames.

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Society
7:30 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois Union Wants Violent Inmates to Stay Put

The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says in one instance up to 15 inmates were being moved to medium-security prisons. The inmates allegedly beat two guards and a chaplain at Menard prison last week. The union is worried increased violence has ushered a return of "circuit riders," or keeping troublemakers isolated by moving them from prison to prison.

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Politics
7:10 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Illinois' Sheila Simon Won't Seek Re-election

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Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office. She declined to give details, but she spent much of a news conference yesterday playing up her legal and financial experience.

Political experts say the move points toward exploring a run for attorney general or another statewide office and would allow for Simon to fundraise separately from Gov. Pat Quinn, who has seen his approval rating dip. It would also allow Simon to see who else is running.

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