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Committee chairman seeks to scale back hemp bill

Posted: 02/26/2013 - Kentucky House committee chairman is planning to scale back an industrial hemp bill to allow the University of Kentucky to seek permission to study the crop currently banned by the federal government.

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Tax on lottery sales no longer being considered

Posted: 02/25/2013 - Lawmakers won't pursue a 6 percent tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.

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Obama hosting new Japan PM amid tensions in Asia

Posted: 02/22/2013 - After meeting with Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office, Obama said his discussions with the Japanese leader were focused on steps the two countries could take to encourage trade, expanded commerce and robust growth that will create greater opportunity in the U.S. and Japan.

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Senate passes bill to raise dropout age to 18

Posted: 02/21/2013 - The Senate has passed its own version of legislation that would require students to stay in school until they're 18, up from the current dropout age of 16.

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Senate won't tackle casino gambling this year

Posted: 02/15/2013 - Senate leaders are sensing little interest in a bill that could legalize casinos in Kentucky and won't consider the issue in the current legislative session.

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Industrial hemp bill passes state Senate

Posted: 02/14/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The comeback of industrial hemp in Kentucky has gained ground with state Senate passage of a bill to regulate the crop if the current federal ban is lifted.

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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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