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Traffic Report: Feb. 27 – March 6
A road work heads up for the week

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  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The area around Rupp Arena could be congested on Saturday, February 28, when the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team plays the University of …

Capitol Notes: Bills dealing with fracking, online sweepstakes, ‘Siblings’ plate advance

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Senate unanimously passes new ‘fracking’ regs   For the first time in more than two decades, the state Senate has passed legislation that would modernize Kentucky’s regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracking.”   The legislation, known …

Beshear proclaims March Sexual Assault Awareness Month to shine light on issue

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The prevention and advocacy efforts of several individuals were highlighted by Gov. Steve Beshear and advocates as part of the kickoff of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.   The Capitol Rotunda event was cosponsored by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and …

Kentucky’s Governors: First chief executive, Isaac Shelby, first served in a log cabin

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This year, as they do every four years, Kentuckians will elect a new governor. Prior to the Nov. 3 general election, independent historian Paul L. Whelan will share profiles of the 58 people who served previously in the state’s highest …

Capitol Notes: Ignition interlock device, human trafficking, KEES, P3 bills advance

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  Ignition interlock device bill approved by House   A bill that would replace hardship licenses for DUI offenders with an “ignition interlock license” if an ignition interlock device is installed on an offender’s vehicle passed the House by a …

Kentucky offers tax credit to small business owners; they could qualify for up to $25,000

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Kentucky’s small business owners could be eligible for up to $25,000 in tax credits.   The state is offering the Kentucky Small Business Tax Credit to eligible companies.   The criteria are relatively simple. All a small business has to …

Beshear letter urges Kentucky delegation
to act immediately to fund Homeland Security

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has called on members of the state’s Congressional delegation to take immediate action to approve funding for U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which also supports emergency preparedness.   A bill that would fund DHS through the …

Congressman Barr announces Congressional Art Competition for high school students

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Congressman Andy Barr announced the Congressional Art Competition which is open to all high school students in the Sixth District.   The overall winner will have his or her work displayed in the United States Capitol for the next year. …

Animal cruelty bill heads to House floor;
after Judiciary Committee OKs the legislation

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Failing to provide adequate shelter and potable water for domestic pets would be considered second-degree animal cruelty under a bill that passed the House Judiciary Committee today.   House Bill 177, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Rep. Jeff …

Now, that’s a bunch of garbage! Lexington city workers collect record 1.6M pounds Monday

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Lexington set a record on Monday … city employees collected 1.6 million pounds of garbage – 1 million pounds more than they routinely collect in a daily run.   The snow that blanketed the city last week made it too …

Civilians have the opportunity to see through an officer’s eyes at the Citizen Police Academy

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    Ride high speed in a police cruiser, execute an “armed” building search, get a true look at CSI and learn secrets about the Lexington Police.   You can do all of this as a member of the Citizen …

By 71-25 vote, Kentucky House passes phone deregulation bill; HB 152 now goes to Senate

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A landline phone deregulation bill that supporters believe will lead to more investment in broadband and advance communication networks in Kentucky has cleared the House on a vote of 71-25.   House Bill 152 sponsor Rep. Rick Rand, D-Bedford, described …

House affirms that state’s three-tier system
of regulation applies to distribution of beer

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A bill passed the House by a vote of 67-31 today that would affirm that the state’s three-tier system of regulating alcoholic beverage producers, distributors and retailers applies to beer.   “All this bill does, when boiled down to its …

In open letter to Ky. Senate President, board of health supports statewide smoking ban

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The Lexington-Fayette County Board of Health has issued a letter of full support to Kentucky legislators for the statewide smoking ban.   “There is no longer any serious debate about the catastrophic toll smoking and secondhand smoke has on the …

Special enrollment period for health coverage will help Kentuckians avoid tax penalties

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A special enrollment period will begin March 2 and continue through April 30 to give those Kentuckians unaware of possible tax penalties more time to sign up for health coverage.   “We had a tremendously successful second open enrollment period, …

Capitol Notes: KTRS bond bill, early childhood bill pass House, head to Senate

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  KTRS bond bill clears House   A House proposal to authorize $3.3 billion in bonds to reduce the unfunded liability of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System’s pension fund is heading to the Senate.   House Bill 4, sponsored by …

Beshear speaks bluntly about state’s health issues, ‘rank politics’ of Medicaid expansion

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By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   An interesting thing sometimes happens to governors when they travel to Washington; they speak a little more freely than they do in their states, and that appeared to be the case when Gov. …

Smoking ban bills assigned to committee
that appears unlikely to send to full Senate

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By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   FRANKFORT – The state Senate’s Republican leaders have assigned both the Republican and Democratic smoking ban bills to a committee that appears unlikely to send them to the full Senate.   The Veterans, …

Traffic Report: Feb. 23 – Feb. 27
A road work heads up for the week

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  Work done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., unless otherwise noted.   SPECIAL NOTES   The area around Rupp Arena could be congested on Saturday, February 21, when the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team plays Auburn University. The …

Capitol Notes: Senate committee takes up electronic gaming, approves three bills

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How technology is revolutionizing gambling and threatening traditional bingo and state lotteries was evident at a hearing of a state Senate committee designated to examine such issues.   The Senate Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations approved three bills …