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The Kentucky Senate adopted a resolution Tuesday recognizing Hopkinsville as the “best place on Earth” to view next year’s total solar eclipse.

The resolution was introduced by 3rd District state Sen. Whitney Westerfield.

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Update: The Kentucky Senate has passed House Bill 40, which allows for the expungement of some Class D felonies from criminal records. The bill now heads back to the House.

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Juveniles sending nude images of themselves or others via computer or smart phone could be charged with a misdemeanor under a bill passed in the Kentucky Senate Thursday. Currently, such an act is a felony, which bill proponents say judges are hesitant to enforce. 

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A measure that would reduce the punishment for Kentucky minors who send nude photos of themselves online or by cellphone is moving through the state legislature.

Under current law, people under the age of 18 who engage in so-called sexting can be charged with a felony. 

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A bill that would increase restrictions on hydrocodone derivatives and ban three other substances in the commonwealth has cleared the Kentucky Senate.

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The state Senate on Tuesday approved striking from the budget a portion of the state’s contribution to Planned Parenthood, with the bill’s supporters pointing to the Louisville branch’s recent efforts to begin providing abortions.

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A bill intended to help in the prosecution of certain crimes against the very young, disabled, or elderly is on its way to the Kentucky House. 

The measure got unanimous backing in the Senate Thursday.

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A state senator from Louisville wants to legalize marijuana in Kentucky, but a key committee chair says the bill likely won’t get an opportunity to advance in the upcoming General Assembly session.

The “Cannabis Freedom Act” creates a regulatory framework to grow, distribute and consume marijuana in the state.

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Democrat Andy Beshear has narrowly defeated Republican state Senator Whitney Westerfield to become the state’s next Attorney General. Beshear is the son of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and is just one of two Democrats to win elections Tuesday night. 

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Few pieces of legislation drew as much attention this year as the bill addressing Kentucky’s recent surge in heroin abuse and overdose-related deaths.

State lawmakers approved the bill at the close of the legislative session. Now, they’re beginning to look at the next steps to address what’s been described as an epidemic of heroin abuse in Kentucky.

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