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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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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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