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8:05 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Kentucky House OKs College Scholarship Program for Coal Counties

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 8:02 am

A bill that would provide up to $5,000 in college scholarships for high-school students in Kentucky's coal-producing counties has passed the state House.

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Government
4:40 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Launches New Data Website

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 2:02 pm

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has created a new website meant to improve access to its data.

The DataMart includes state highway traffic counts, county-by-county spending numbers, road project information, traffic fatality data and more.

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Government
4:36 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Attempting to Prevent UN Environmental Regulation Proposal Passes Kentucky Senate Committee

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A bill aimed at preventing a proposal by the United Nations to regulate environmental issues has cleared a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 31, filed by Northern Kentucky Sen. John Schikel seeks to prevent the state from adopting any environmental provisions set forth by a U.N. emissions-reduction plan known as “Agenda 21.”

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Government
4:34 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville)
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A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.

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Government
3:33 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Comment On Minimum Wage Legislation

(left) Senate President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) and House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonburg)
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Leaders of the Kentucky Senate and House are exchanging words on minimum wage legislation.  The House yesterday approved a bill to raise the minimum wage 95 cents a year for three years, eventually reaching ten dollars ten cents an hour.  Senate President Robert Stivers says his chamber is more interested in creating new jobs.

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Government
11:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

This week in KY's General Assembly with KPR's Jonathan Meador

KPR Capitol Bureau Correspondent Jonathan Meador
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The 2014 session of the Kentucky General Assembly continues in Frankfort, and Todd Hatton speaks with Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Reporter Jonathan Meador about what lawmakers have been working on this week.

Hear about Governor Beshear's plan for tax reform and whyRepublican House Floor Leader Jeff Hoover wants tax reform negotiations held behind closed doors.

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Government
7:58 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Minimum Wage Increase Clears KY House

Credit Kentucky LRC

After more than two-and-a-half hours of debate, the Kentucky House passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

The issue drew impassioned speeches from supporting lawmakers. 

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Government
7:52 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Statewide Smoking Ban Moving in Kentucky Legislature

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A Kentucky House committee has approved a ban on indoor smoking in public places and private businesses across the commonwealth.

The House Health & Welfare Committee voted 10-3. It would provide an exemption for open spaces, and will also apply to e-cigarettes.

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Government
4:35 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Ky. Statewide Audit Finds Cyber Security Weaknesses at Gov't Agencies

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A statewide audit released Thursday has found some Kentucky agencies aren't adequately protecting sensitive data.

The report from Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen’s office identifies the Treasury, Department of Revenue, and Finance and Administration Cabinet as having cyber security deficiencies - but no breaches.

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Government
4:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

TN Lawmakers Inching Closer to 'Wine in Grocery Stores' Deal

 

A deal to let Tennessee grocery stores sell wine inched forward Wednesday in a state House subcommittee.  One of the last details to hash out is just how big such a store would have to be.

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