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7:04 am
Thu September 26, 2013

McConnell Gets Nod From Former Education Secretary

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has received an endorsement for re-election from former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett, now a talk show host. McConnell is running for a sixth term and is being challenged by Louisville businessman Matt Bevin in next year's Republican primary.

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Government
7:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Conway: Growing Hemp Violates Federal Law

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is advising state leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky. Conway issued an advisory letter yesterday to Gov. Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and others to clarify current law related to hemp.

The letter deflates hopes of hemp farming proponents who have said they'd like to begin planting next year.

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Business
6:59 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ramsey Predicts TN Supermarket Wine Will Pass

Tennessee Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicts that lawmakers will approve a bill to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores next session. The Blountville Republican told reporters in Nashville yesterday that lawmakers on the fence about the proposal were surprised by the backlash to the failure of this year's bill in a House committee.

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Government
4:42 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo Leaning Towards Medical Marijuana Legalization

Credit LRC Public Information

A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating. Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.

Stumbo raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp. 

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Kentucky House Speaker Turns Over Memos To Police Amidst Shredding Allegations

Credit LRC Public Information

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has given the Kentucky State Police memos regarding documents shredded by the former head of the Legislative Research Commission.

Stumbo provided the documents to legislative security specialist Rick Devers along with a request for state police to take whatever action is deemed appropriate. House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover asked for an investigation after former LRC Director Bobby Sherman returned to his office with other staffers on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents. 

One of the staffers, Deputy Director Robert Jenkins, said the documents that were destroyed were either duplicates or were of a personal nature, including junk mail, mortgage papers and salary comparisons for LRC.

Government
8:05 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Shredded Documents Raise Suspicions In Frankfort

A Louisville attorney on Tuesday called for a criminal investigation into the former head of the Legislative Research Commission who told a Kentucky newspaper that he returned to the Capitol on Sunday, two days after he resigned, and shredded documents.

Thomas Clay wants state police or the attorney general's office to open a probe into what kind of documents former LRC Director Bobby Sherman destroyed.

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Culture
6:32 am
Wed September 25, 2013

TN Digitizing 1 Million Pages Of Historical Newspapers

The Tennessee State Library is adding more than 1 million newspaper pages to its free online collection. The newly added historical newspapers from Greeneville, Jonesborough, Memphis, Sweetwater and Winchester date from the 1850s to almost 1900.

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Politics
6:28 am
Wed September 25, 2013

District 18 Rep. Butler Won’t Seek Re-Election

Kentucky State Representative Dwight Butler has announced he won't seek re-election next year. The Harned Republican has been in the Legislature for 19 years and serves Breckinridge, Bullitt, Daviess, Hancock and Hardin counties. Butler has never lost an election. He has served in the Legislature since 1995.

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Politics
6:25 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Group Releases Attack Ad At McConnell During Chicken Festival

The conservative Madison Project is running a radio ad this week criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. The group contends McConnell is too slow to take stands on important issues. The spot, airing in conjunction with the World Chicken Festival in London, Kentucky, calls McConnell "the biggest chicken of all."

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Politics
6:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

First TN Native Elected Chairman Of National Council

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Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris has been elected chairman of the national Council of State Governments based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the first Tennessean elected to the leadership post. Founded in 1933, the Council promotes the exchange of ideas to help state officials shape public policy as states' advocates within the federal system of government. Norris, an attorney, served as chairman of the southern region in 2010 and 2011.

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