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Science
8:43 am
Sun August 10, 2014

Where Can Drones Fly? Legal Limits Are Up In the Air

Steve Cohen and his students fly a drone at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. The FAA prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet or from being used for commercial gain.
Sarah Gonzalez WNYC

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 9:38 pm

It's getting easier for the average civilian to own drones.

The word may bring to mind million-dollar jets that carry bombs, but a drone is any aircraft that doesn't have passengers or a pilot onboard. Some look like sophisticated remote-control helicopters and model airplanes.

They're available online and in stores, some for less than $100. But whether and where owners are allowed to fly those drones falls in a legal gray area.

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Environment
1:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Western Kentucky Farm Uses Drone to Survey Crops

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Seven Springs Farms consists of numerous farms located in Trigg, Christian, Cadlwell and Lyon Counties, and may be the first farm in the region to use drones, specifically the DJI drone that you can see in operation on YouTube. Bart Peters, the Finance Manager of Seven Springs Farms speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about the business decision to use drones.

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Government
10:28 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Warrants Required Under Kentucky ACLU Supported Drone Regulation Bill

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A civil liberties group in Kentucky says there are currently no state laws on the books regulating the use of drones by law enforcement groups.

That’s why the Kentucky ACLU is supporting a bill in the General Assembly that would prohibit the police from using drones to collect evidence on an individual without first getting a warrant. 

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:59 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Tennessee House Adds to Drone Ban Bill

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The Tennessee House has passed a bill banning most warrantless surveillance by unmanned drones, but added a last-minute exemption for events featuring large crowds.

The chamber voted 91-0 Thursday in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. James "Micah" Van Huss, who is a former Marine with experience piloting drones.

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Politics
10:37 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Paul Proposes Bill Against Domestic Drone Surveillance

Originally published on Wed June 13, 2012 9:55 am

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., proposed legislation Tuesday that would forbid the federal government from using aerial drones to watch citizens without a warrant.

The bill is called the "Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act" and it is aimed at addressing growing privacy concerns over drone use in the country. Earlier this week, an unmanned Navy surveillance drone crashed into Chesapeake Bay and has raised several questions about its domestic usage.

Paul says the government should have restrictions to use drones on citizens, except to patrol national borders, when drones are needed to prevent "imminent danger to life," or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.

"Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued," he says. "Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics."

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