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Senate OKs religious freedom bill, goes to Beshear

Posted: 03/08/2013 - A bill is headed to Kentucky's governor that would give stronger protections in court to people who claim the government has infringed upon their religious freedom.

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AG's office reviews questions about hemp

Posted: 03/07/2013 - Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a legal review reinforces the need for state legislation to regulate industrial hemp if the federal government legalizes the crop.

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House balks at telephone deregulation legislation

Posted: 03/07/2013 - A House committee has held a hearing but taken no action on a telephone deregulation bill that has generated widespread opposition because of concerns raised by opponents.

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Sen. Rand Paul's bathroom trip ends 13-hour filibuster

Updated: 03/07/2013 - Almost 13 hours after he began speaking, Sen. Rand Paul ended his day-long filibuster at 12:38 a.m. today because he had to go to the bathroom. The Kentucky Republican stalled a confirmation vote on CIA Director nominee John Brennan.

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Senate committee changes taxing districts bill

Posted: 03/06/2013 - Legislation intended to increase oversight of a multitude of tiny taxing districts that have existed largely under the radar of government auditors has cleared a Senate committee, but with a change that Auditor Adam Edelen called unacceptable.

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Panel passes hemp bill, uncertain future awaits

Posted: 03/06/2013 - A proposal that could open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky has cleared a House committee - but it still faces an uncertain future in the full chamber.

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Some concerned bill could enable discrimination

Updated: 03/06/2013 - House Bill 279 sailed through the Kentucky House of Representatives and is now in the Senate. It's supporters say its designed to protect religious freedoms, but others say it could have different effects.

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Governor says Judd would be formidable candidate

Posted: 03/05/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has talked a second time with actress Ashley Judd and says she would be "an effective and formidable" challenger to Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

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Hemp proposal in Ky. not up in smoke after all

Posted: 03/04/2013 - A proposal that could open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky is scheduled for a vote in the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee later this week.

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Chemical weapons to be contained in new Depot facility

Posted: 03/04/2013 - One of the largest construction projects in the state is happening in Central Kentucky. Protected by armed guards and high fences, the almost two-billion dollar building project is unlike anything else in the Commonwealth.

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Biden: Selma beatings shaped him, nation

Updated: 03/03/2013 - Vice President Joe Biden said nothing shaped his consciousness more than seeing TV footage of voting rights marchers being beaten by state troopers on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

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NY fracking held as Cuomo, RFK Jr. talk health

Posted: 03/02/2013 - People familiar with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's thinking on fracking tell The Associated Press he was on the brink of approving the much-debated gas drilling method last month but held off after discussions with environmentalist and former brother-in-law Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Boehner: No reason to block Keystone XL pipeline

Posted: 03/02/2013 - Supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas say that a new State Department report is the latest evidence the project should be approved.

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