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11:20 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Long Dormant Kentucky Hemp Commission Will Be Revived

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Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he is restarting the long-dormant Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission.

The General Assembly created the group ten years ago to look into hemp's potential in the commonwealth, but the commission has never met. This morning, Comer announced that he is reforming the commission and, per state law, he will be the chairman.

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Infrastucture and Highways
10:39 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Ledbetter Bridge Could Open May 2013: One Year Ahead of Schedule

Ledbetter Bridge
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced Thursday a plan to accelerate construction of the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge between Paducah and Ledbetter, enabling motorists to begin using it more than a year ahead of schedule.

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Government
9:41 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Tennessee Justices Let Lethal Injection Ruling Stand

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The Tennessee Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal by two death row inmates who claim changes to the state's lethal injection procedure are unconstitutional.  The state's high court declined Monday to hear the case brought by Stephen Michael West and Billy Ray Irick.

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Government
8:52 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Illinois Governor Signs Payday Lender Law

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a new law he says will protect consumers from payday lenders.  Quinn signed the law Monday.  It requires lenders be licensed by the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation or be charged with a felony. Right now the agency has licensed 522 payday lenders.  The new law also protects consumers who are trapped in high-interest loans from having to pay back the debts, allowing such loans to be declared null and void.

Government
1:11 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Medicaid Open Enrollment Starts Today

Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months.

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Government
12:46 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

State Still Seeking Applicants for W. Ky. Medical Examiner

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The Madisonville state medical examiner’s office remains open after being threatened with closure earlier this year. The office hasn't had a medical examiner since June 2011, but now officials hope that a new salary for first-year medical examiners may entice applicants. 

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Government
9:20 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Court Won't Hear Challenge to God Reference

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to a ruling allowing a reference to "Almighty God" in the state’s homeland security law.  The Courier-Journal reports justices issued a brief order last week saying they would not review the case, which was brought by several residents represented by the group American Atheists.

Government
9:07 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Tough Times for Low-Income Seniors Hoping to Qualify for Nursing Homes

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TennCare officials say it’s getting more difficult for low-income seniors to qualify for nursing homes and other services. Officials say under old rules, elderly people could qualify for up to $55,000 to pay for a nursing home, adult day care or assisted living if they weren’t able to care for themselves. Under rules that began on July 1, TennCare will take an overall assessment of a person’s need before that level of funding is allocated.

Government
8:43 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Haslam Aide: Tennessee Not Promoting Islamic Code

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls confusion about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.  Haslam was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Shariah in state government.  Deputy to the governor Claude Ramsey sent a letter last week to the state GOP's executive committee seeking to quell those concerns.  Ramsey stated there is no effort under way to promote Shariah law in Tennessee.

Government
9:00 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Keith Hall Raising Eyebrows for Participating in Kentucky - India Coal Deal

The involvement of a state representative in a major coal deal in Kentucky is raising some eyebrows. Under the terms of a new $7 billion contract, Kentucky coal producers will ship nine million tons of coal a year to India for the next twenty-five years. Representative Keith Hall was instrumental in brokering the deal—and he represents both the people of Kentucky and his own private coal interests.

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