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Lawmakers remain at odds on pension reform

Posted: 03/12/2013 - Lawmakers are still at odds on how to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension plans for state and local government retirees.

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Lawmakers remain at impasse on how to fix pension

Updated: 03/11/2013 - Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders still have not broken an impasse on how to go about shoring up the financially troubled pension plans for state and local government retirees.

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Obama: Outreach to GOP aimed at ending gridlock

Updated: 03/09/2013 - President Barack Obama says he's reaching out to lawmakers from both parties in hopes of untangling the gridlock that has stymied progress on budget issues in Washington.

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China foreign minister rejects hacking accusations

Updated: 03/09/2013 - China's foreign minister has rejected accusations that the country's military was behind massive hacking attacks on U.S. and other foreign targets and called for more international cooperation in policing the Internet.

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Senate OKs bill to bolster human trafficking law

Posted: 03/08/2013 - A bill is nearing final passage that would strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims.

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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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