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Coal college scholarships clear first hurdle

Posted: 02/14/2013 - College students from the coalfields would be eligible for special scholarships under legislation that passed the House Education Committee on Thursday.

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The great hemp debate

Posted: 02/13/2013 - Troopers worry industrial hemp will lead to more marijuana in the state, the Kentucky Agriculture Department says it will lead to more jobs and money.

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Senate OKs bill to review nursing home lawsuits

Updated: 02/14/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A panel of doctors would have to review and approve malpractice lawsuits against nursing homes before they could proceed to court under a bill that has passed the Senate.

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President Obama delivers State of the Union

Posted: 02/12/2013 - Delivering his annual address to Congress for the fifth time in his presidency, President Obama in his State of the Union, made a sweeping pitch for an economic blueprint he says reflects "smarter," not "bigger" government.

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Cigarette tax eyed as way to rescue pension system

Posted: 02/12/2013 - A leading lawmaker says raising the cigarette tax to $1 a pack would generate about $100 million a year that could be used to shore up the pension system for government retirees.

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House panel approves bill to allow felons to vote

Updated: 02/12/2013 - The House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs has passed legislation that would let Kentuckians decide whether to amend the state Constitution to restore some felons' voting rights.

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Senate committee approves hemp legislation

Posted: 02/11/2013 - A bill to re-establish industrial hemp in Kentucky if the versatile crop gets a federal pardon has won approval from a state Senate committee.

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Pension reform proposal approved by Senate panel

Posted: 02/06/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposal to reform the pension system for state and local government retirees in Kentucky has received an initial OK from Frankfort lawmakers.

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Lawmakers back in Frankfort, pushing key bills

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Lawmakers have returned to Frankfort to get down to business on several key bills, including one that would provide more oversight of more than 1,200 local taxing districts that have proliferated across Kentucky.

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Gambling proponents divided on how to proceed

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Gov. Steve Beshear says disagreement among gambling advocates has made it unlikely that the Legislature can pass a constitutional amendment on casinos this year.

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