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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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Senate gives pre-dawn OK to Democratic budget

Posted: 03/23/2013 - The Senate has narrowly passed its first budget proposal in four years as majority Democrats went on record favoring almost $1 trillion in tax increases over the coming decade while sheltering domestic programs targeted by House Republicans.

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Key US decision on Cuba terror-designation coming

Posted: 03/23/2013 - New Secretary of State John Kerry faces a deadline in a few weeks on a normally routine decision that could have a big impact, this time, on U.S. Cuba relations.

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Actress hints at Senate run in speech

Updated: 03/22/2013 - Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd made a rare public reference to her possible run for the seat held by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Ancient afterglow of Big Bang shows older universe

Posted: 03/21/2013 - New results from a look into the split second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is a bit older than previously thought but the core concepts of the cosmos - how it began, what it's made of and where it's going - seem to be on the right track.

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NY appeals court to consider local fracking bans

Updated: 03/21/2013 - Towns that want to control land use through zoning against the drilling industry are being pitted against landowners who say state law trumps local authority when it comes to oil and gas development in New York.

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Rand Paul endorses immigrant path to citizenship

Updated: 03/19/2013 - Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is endorsing a path to citizenship for the nation's illegal immigrants, a significant move for a favorite of tea party Republicans who are often seen as hostile to such an approach.

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GOP roadmap calls for immigration reform

Posted: 03/18/2013 - The Republican National Committee is endorsing comprehensive immigration reform as part of a multi-step roadmap designed to improve the GOP's brand among minority voters who overwhelmingly backed Democrats last fall.

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Farmer could be on Ethics Commission agenda Monday

Posted: 03/18/2013 - The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has a meeting set for Monday when they could decide whether former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer violated any of rules when he was state agriculture commissioner.

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