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2013 KY General Assembly
7:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill That Could Erase Some Lower Felonies Moves to Senate

The Kentucky House has passed a bill that would allow people convicted of low-level felonies to apply to remove them from their criminal records. The Monday vote was 78-19. The proposal would allow people to expunge felonies that carry sentences of one to five years in prison.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:36 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate Committee Approves Telephone Deregulation

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Kentucky lawmakers are again considering a telephone deregulation bill that drew heavy opposition last year before it was withdrawn. The Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee passed the bill Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

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Politics
8:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Paul Says Judd Doesn't Represent Kentucky

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Kentucky’s junior Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says actress and activist Ashley Judd, who’s considering a run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, doesn't represent Kentucky or even live in the state. Paul made the comments Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked about potential 2014 challengers to McConnell.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:57 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Kentucky Dropout Age Debate Continues

The debate over the Kentucky law allowing 16 year olds to drop out of high school with parental permission is coming up again in this year's legislative session. Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane, along with a bevy of education officials, say lawmakers should support a bill that would gradually raise the legal dropout age from 16 to 18. It has failed in past sessions.

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Society
7:52 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Fort Campbell Unit Completes Afghan Deployment

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The last return flight for soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division arrived at Fort Campbell this weekend. The brigade’s return marked the end of a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan.

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Politics
7:13 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Quinn Says Time to Put IL Voting Registration Online

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Gov. Pat Quinn wants Illinois residents have the option to register to vote online. Quinn says the state's election process must move into the 21st century. Supporters tout the proposal as a way to simplify registration and attract the Millennial Generation that has traditionally been absent from the election process.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:55 am
Fri February 8, 2013

House Delays Vote on Taxing Districts Measure

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The Kentucky House is voting today on legislation that would strengthen oversight of the state's more than 1,200 local taxing districts. The vote was postponed yesterday.  The House Committee on Local Government approved the legislation Wednesday. The measure sets up a system for auditing the taxing districts, which spend some $2.7 billion a year to operate rural fire departments, airports, sanitation districts and even libraries. It would also create an online database where taxpayers could review financial reports for each taxing district.

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Politics
7:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Quinn's Ethics Proposal Raises Questions

Gov. Pat Quinn's ethics proposal outlined in his State of the State speech is raising eyebrows. His idea is to ban Illinois lawmakers from voting on anything that might help them personally. But there are questions about the proposal’s targets and if it's necessary when Illinois has to deal with major financial problems. Others question if Quinn is laying groundwork for re-election. He dismissed those questions Thursday, saying it's long been his priority. But some lawmakers say they were confused by the timing. Especially because Quinn didn't focus heavily on his goal of overhauling pensions and Illinois traditionally enacts reforms after scandal.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:39 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Allowing Election Day Alcohol

Lawmakers in Kentucky are again considering lifting a Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day. The Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee has already given initial approval to legislation that would allow alcohol sales during hours that polls are open. The measure, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Schickel of Union, now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

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Politics
7:34 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Quinn Signs Bill for Road Projects, Child Services

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has approved that provides hundreds of millions of dollars for road projects and a boost for more child abuse investigators. Quinn signed the bill yesterday after the Senate voted 38-15 to approve the supplemental appropriation. It's meant to shore up parts of state government that are running short of money with half of the budget year to go. The bill includes $675 million in unanticipated federal and state money available for road projects this spring.

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