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State will display superintendent pay, evaluations

Posted: 03/14/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The public will soon be able to view the full compensation packages of Kentucky's superintendents as well as their performance evaluations on the education department's website, state officials have announced.

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Election board clears Williams of coordination

Posted: 03/14/2013 - The Kentucky Registry of Election Finance has cleared former Senate President David Williams and a political action of illegal coordination during the 2011 election.

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Lawmakers trying to reach deals during break

Posted: 03/13/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Legislative leaders are planning to work through a break in hopes of reaching accords on a litany of bills at risk of dying because of disagreements between the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate.

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Beshear being pressured on religious freedom bill

Posted: 03/12/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is being pressured from both sides of a controversial bill that would strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in Kentucky.

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Ky. governor to lead trade mission to Canada

Posted: 03/12/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he will lead a trade mission to Canada in June, and that international businesses interested in participating should sign up quickly due to limited spacing.

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Lawmakers could compromise on tax oversight bill

Posted: 03/12/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - As the legislative session comes to an end, the House and Senate will try to reconcile their differences over a bill that would strengthen accountability of Kentucky's 1,200-plus taxing districts, which collect revenue for services including fire protection and libraries.

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Legislature OKs measure raising dropout age to 18

Posted: 03/11/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky students would be barred from dropping out of school before they're 18 years old under legislation passed by the Legislature on Monday.

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Stumbo: Hemp bill is dead

Posted: 03/11/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Kentucky's industrial hemp bill is dead.

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Lawmakers remain at impasse on how to fix pension

Updated: 03/11/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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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Lawmakers look for common ground on pension issue

Posted: 03/07/2013 - Gov. Steve Beshear will meet with legislative leaders on Friday morning to try work out a deal on legislation intended to shore up the financially troubled pension system for government retirees.

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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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Ky. asks judge to lift bar to executions

Posted: 03/07/2013 - Prosecutors have asked a judge to lift an order barring executions in Kentucky and said attorneys for Kentucky's death row population are trying to create a legal "Catch 22" that would prevent the state from carrying out capital punishment.

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Ky. asks judge to lift bar to executions

Posted: 03/07/2013 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a judge to lift an order barring executions in Kentucky and said attorneys for Kentucky's death row population are trying to create a legal "Catch 22" that would prevent the state from carrying out capital punishment.

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House passes redistricting plan over GOP protests

Posted: 03/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic leaders in the House have won passage of a legislative redistricting plan that could strengthen their majority by forcing 11 Republicans to run against each other next year.

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Supporters continue to push for smelter bill vote

Posted: 03/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Supporters of an endangered western Kentucky aluminum smelter are pushing for a House vote on a bill that would allow the plant to buy cheaper electricity.

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Panel passes hemp bill, uncertain future awaits

Posted: 03/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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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2nd year of statewide teacher survey underway

Posted: 03/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky teachers are being asked for the second year in a row to take a survey on working conditions, and cash prizes are being offered to increase participation.

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Hemp proposal up for committee vote on Wednesday

Posted: 03/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House Agriculture and Small Business Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on a proposal that could open the door to industrial hemp farming in Kentucky.

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GOP chair sends letter to Dems about Ashley Judd

Updated: 03/05/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - State GOP Chairman Steve Robertson has sent a letter to Democratic lawmakers raising concerns about actress Ashley Judd as a potential U.S. Senate candidate.

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