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False Claims Act would target fraud in Kentucky

Posted: 02/15/2012 - Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo says he is filing legislation to give whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused.

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Redistricting causing headaches for lawmakers

Posted: 02/08/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers have been scurrying to file candidacy papers in old legislative districts after a judge tossed out newly drawn House and Senate boundaries because they didn't meet constitutional muster.

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Governor Beshear calls for coordinated effort on drug abuse

Posted: 02/06/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Behear and other state leaders are pressing for a coordinated effort to battle prescription abuse that is blamed for an estimated 82 overdose deaths per month in Kentucky.

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University presidents discuss state funding

Updated: 02/02/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The presidents of the state's research universities discussed with lawmakers how they are dealing with nearly $29 million in combined state budget cuts.

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Gambling debate in Ky. devolves into mudslinging

Posted: 01/31/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is accusing Senate President David Williams of "intimidations and threats" against pro-gambling lawmakers in an attempt to stymie efforts to get a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that could legalize casinos in Kentucky.

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Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline

Updated: 01/28/2012 - Lawmakers are working to postpone Tuesday's congressional election filing deadline for a week, a move that has become necessary because the House and Senate have been unable to agree on a redistricting plan.

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Jensen steps aside as sponsor of meth legislation

Posted: 01/27/2012 - A Republican lawmaker who once represented the anti-drug task force Operation UNITE has withdrawn as the sponsor of a bill that would make some cold and allergy medications available by prescription only.

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GOP to seek injunction on House redistricting

Posted: 01/25/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover says a lawsuit will be filed within days challenging the constitutionality of a redistricting measure that hits GOP representatives especially hard.

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GOP using President Obama's address to blame him for economy

Posted: 01/25/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans took the offensive Tuesday and cast President Barack Obama as the culprit for the economy's persistent frailty, hoping to shift the focus away from his State of the Union address' theme of economic fairness.

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Bill would make industrial hemp legal in Kentucky

Updated: 01/19/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Hemp could replace tobacco as Kentucky's top cash crop and improve the state's economy, said legislators who are proposing that it be made legal.

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Rand Paul: Primary now between Ron Paul, Romney

Posted: 01/11/2012 - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has been in western Kentucky for a town hall the day after his father was runner-up in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

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House committee to take crack at redistricting

Posted: 01/05/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The House Committee on State Government is expected to consider legislation Thursday that would redraw political boundaries around congressional districts.

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Joe Kennedy III exploring run for Congress

Posted: 01/05/2012 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Joseph Kennedy III is taking the first steps toward a run for retiring Rep. Barney Frank's seat in Massachusetts.

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McConnell pinning GOP win on economy blame

Posted: 01/05/2012 - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the presidential election will boil down to whether voters blame President Obama for making a difficult economic situation even worse.

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Governor Beshear pushes gambling in speech to lawmakers

Posted: 01/04/2012 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has used his state of the commonwealth speech to again call on lawmakers to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that can be put on the ballots so Kentucky voters can decide whether to legalize casino-style gambling.

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