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Lawmakers approve funding plan for state pensions

Posted: 03/26/2013 - A pension system that had become so financially troubled that it weakened Kentucky's credit rating would be shored up under legislation approved by the Legislature on Tuesday.

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Gov. signs bill to bolster human trafficking law

Updated: 03/27/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims.

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Speaker: Pension plan to pass House on Tuesday

Posted: 03/26/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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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Talks continue on industrial hemp legislation

Posted: 03/25/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - 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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Actress hints at Senate run in speech

Posted: 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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Obama to designate 5 national monuments

Posted: 03/22/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is naming five new national monuments, using executive authority to protect historic or ecologically significant sites.

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Senate rejects Ryan budget

Posted: 03/22/2013 - The Senate has soundly rejected a balanced budget plan authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

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Grimes coy about potential run for US Senate

Posted: 03/20/2013 - LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes still isn't saying whether she's seriously considering a U.S. Senate bid.

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Kentucky law ambiguous on residency requirements

Posted: 03/19/2013 - Talk of Tennessee resident Ashley Judd running for U.S. Senate in Kentucky has turned up ambiguity in residency requirements that a state legislative leader says needs to be cleared up.

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W.Va. bill would crackdown on coal mine protests

Posted: 03/19/2013 - CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia Senate committee has amended and unanimously approved a bill that would toughen the penalties on coal mine protesters.

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Rand Paul endorses immigrant path to citizenship

Posted: 03/18/2013 - 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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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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