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Legislature lifts Prohibition-era ban on alcohol

Updated: 03/27/2013 - Lawmakers in Kentucky have passed legislation lifting a Prohibition-era ban on the sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on Election Day.

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House floor leader holds out hope for hemp bill

Posted: 03/26/2013 - Lawmakers were continuing work into the final hours of the 2013 legislative session to pass a bill that would allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.

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Russell Moore elected to top Southern Baptist role

Posted: 03/26/2013 - Russell D. Moore, a theology professor from Biloxi, Miss., has been elected as the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

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Obama to name woman Secret Service head

Posted: 03/26/2013 - A White House official says President Barack Obama will name Julia Pierson as the first female director of the Secret Servic

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Pension plan to pass House on Tuesday

Updated: 03/26/2013 - A proposal intended to restore solvency to Kentucky's pension plans for government retirees is continuing to undergo change in the final hours of Kentucky's legislative session.

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McConnell talks about need for compromise in DC

Posted: 03/26/2013 - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is talking about the need for bipartisan compromise between lawmakers on the big issues facing the country.

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Stumbo says Christian health care will get vote

Updated: 03/26/2013 - House Speaker Greg Stumbo has said his chamber will vote before the legislative session ends at midnight on a bill that would allow a Christian health care plan to operate in Kentucky.

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Patriot eyeing Ky. for bioenergy plant

Posted: 03/25/2013 - A bioenergy company has been scouting out locations and buildings in a Corbin business park as it looks for a site to build a plant processing sugar beets into fuel.

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Funding source for Paducah plant cleanup uncertain

Posted: 03/25/2013 - A funding source and start date for the cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is uncertain as officials try to grapple with budget issues and when the facility will cease operations.

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Talks continue on industrial hemp legislation

Posted: 03/25/2013 - House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins is reporting progress in negotiations on a bill that would allow Kentucky to quickly license hemp growers if the federal government ever lifts a ban on the crop.

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Watchdog has never requested contract reviews

Posted: 03/24/2013 - Ky. Rep. Dennis Horlander is supposed to act as a watchdog over state government contracts, but a records review by The Courier-Journal found that he has never asked for a review of a single contract.

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GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes "Let's make a deal'

Updated: 03/24/2013 - Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no."

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Lawmakers to work at dizzying pace in next 2 days

Posted: 03/24/2013 - Lawmakers are to return to the Capitol on Monday with only two days remaining to pass legislation intended to shore up Kentucky's pension plans for state and local government retirees.

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Holder averts furloughs of prison staffers

Updated: 03/23/2013 - Attorney General Eric Holder says he has averted daily furloughs of 3,570 federal prison staffers around the country, staving off what would have been a serious threat to the lives and safety of staff, inmates and the public.

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