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Child Fatality Panel Meets First Time On Tuesday

Nov 27, 2012

Members of a new state review panel tasked with overseeing child fatalities and near fatalities will begin their work by examining the cases of eight children who died over the past year.

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Come January, a new woman will be in charge of the Kentucky budget for the Governor’s Office. Since 2007, Mary Lassiter has been Governor Steve Beshear’s budget director. And in 2009, she took a promotion as Secretary of the Cabinet as well, serving both roles. But Beshear has now hired Jane Driskell, a longtime budget director for state and local government, as his new state budget director.

House Bill One Draws Complaints

Aug 15, 2012

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and lawyers representing a variety of medical organizations from across Kentucky say a new state law aimed at combating prescription drug abuse has had unintended consequences. Lawmakers heard testimony today in Frankfort on the effectiveness of House Bill 1, which requires physicians to use the KASPER prescription monitoring program and take additional administrative action before dispensing medication. Dr.

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The Kentucky Board of Education has approved a new regulation to limit the use of certain disciplinary actions in schools that involve physically restraining or secluding children. The approval came Thursday at the board's meeting in Frankfort. The regulation calls for using restraint or seclusion only if a child's behavior poses a danger of serious physical harm, and says the actions should be avoided. The board also agreed to retain David Karem as chairman for the next 12 months.

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From NPR:  NCAA just announced sanctions on Penn State University's top leadership. 

Old State Capitol closing for renovations

Jun 22, 2012

The Old State Capitol in Frankfort will close next month for renovations. The Kentucky Division of Historic Properties is repairing all the windows in the building, restoring the sashes and installing new interior storm windows with ultra violet filters. 

Afternoon Round-Up 4/18/12

Apr 18, 2012
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Today on NPR:  How That Tupac Hologram At Coachella Worked

Tennessee:

Governor Bill Haslam is expressing reservations about a bill seeking to cap the number of foreigners working at Tennessee charter schools.

Road Plan Approved

Apr 12, 2012

Kentucky House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement on a massive road construction plan. Senate Democratic Floor Leader R.J. Palmer says lawmakers reached the agreement around 2AM today which is the final day of this year's legislative session. Legislators were scheduled to vote on the plan this afternoon. The plan includes $3.5 billion worth of construction projects over the next two years and more than $10 million worth over the next 6 years.

This week, Kentucky’s legislature did something it hasn’t done in quite some time. That’s agreeing to a state budget without the need of a special session.   Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort. 

Afternoon Round-Up 3/30/12

Mar 30, 2012
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Today on NPR: The Economic Impact Of Killing 'Pink Slime'

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The Kentucky Senate has passed an amended bill that would help the state repay interest on a federal unemployment insurance loan.

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