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12:32 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Booster Seat Legislation Gets Senate Committee Backing

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Child safety advocates have long sought modifications to Kentucky's vehicle booster seat law. 

It appears such a change is headed toward final passage in the General Assembly.  Current law requires children under age seven who are between 40 and 50 inches tall ride in a booster.  

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Government
11:17 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Muhlenberg Residents File Petition Against Utility Tax for School System

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Muhlenberg residents have filed a petition this week to block a tax the County School Board passed in January to help the school system with its deficit.  

The Muhlenberg County Clerk’s Office received about 3,200 unverified signatures. Only 1,294 verified signatures are needed to get the issue on the November ballot.

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Government
9:42 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Paducah City Commission Sticks With Interlocal 911 Service

Credit Hopkins County Central Dispatch

Paducah’s mayor introduced a resolution to the city commission last night to retain the Paducah/McCracken County 911 emergency communications center.  

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Government
9:21 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Final Legislative Approved for Newborn Testing of Krabbe Disease

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Babies born in Kentucky would undergo a new medical screening under legislation approved in both Houses of the state legislature. The full House Tuesday unanimously approved the measure to begin testing newborns for Krabbe disease.

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Government
4:12 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Tobacco Settlement Bill

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 3:41 pm

The Kentucky state Senate is poised to pass a bill that would restore funds to several programs associated with the 1998 tobacco settlement.

Revenue from the tobacco settlement has flagged as fewer people have bought cigarettes in the state, leading to shortfalls in programs dealing with agriculture, early childhood, cancer research and programs that help people quit smoking.

“It’s what our revenue’s based on and as that goes down, the divisions to each one of those agencies goes down also,” said Sen. Paul Hornback, a Republican from Shelbyville who sponsored the bill.

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Government
3:03 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

State Lawmakers Work to Enact Insurance Regs for Online Transportation Services

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The Kentucky legislature is working to keep up with relatively new online ride-sharing services.

The House Transportation Committee Tuesday approved a Senate measure which impacts the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber. 

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Government
10:03 am
Tue March 10, 2015

McCracken Fiscal Court May Vote on Humane Society Partnership Animal Shelter Issue at Next Meeting

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McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper says contract negotiations between the Fiscal Court and the county’s Humane Society have made progress with a possible vote coming as soon as the court’s next meeting.  He says the county’s potential agreement with the Society will give both the ability to make adjustments.

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Government
7:17 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Time Running Out on Heroin Bill

State Sen. Whitney Westerfield supports the bill, but isn't sure when it will pass.
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The clock is ticking on legislation to address Kentucky’s heroin problem.

With the days waning in the legislative session, both the state House and Senate have passed their own versions of a heroin bill. A final version — which defines sentencing guidelines for drug traffickers, treatment options and whether a needle exchange will be included — has yet to be nailed down.

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Government
5:47 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Fracking Regs Appear Headed for Final Approval at State Capitol

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  Additional regulations regarding hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - appear headed for legislative approval in Frankfort. Supporters of the measure include members of the oil and gas industry. 

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Government
5:21 am
Tue March 10, 2015

KTRS Bailout Bill Among Non-Starters This Year in General Assembly

Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers
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A proposal to bail out Kentucky’s ailing teachers’ retirement fund with a $3.3 billion bond issue is dead in the General Assembly.

Senate President Robert Stivers stripped the bonding provision from the bill Monday, saying that more time is needed to study and fix the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System for more money is added.

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