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8:59 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Conway Says He's Open to Building More Exemptions Into Prescription Pill Law

A leading advocate of Kentucky's new prescription pill law says he's ready to listen to doctors who want to change it.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has made fighting prescription pill abuse one of his top priorities. Earlier this year, he was a leading supporter of House Bill 1, which mandates that most doctors use the KASPER pill tracking system.

Several doctors have complained that having to put every patient into the KASPER system is burdensome. And Conway says he's willing to loosen some restrictions to help the medical community.

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Politics
5:22 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Tea Party Express Urges Akin to Drop Out

The country's largest Tea Party political action committee is joining a growing chorus of conservatives who are urging Missouri Congressman Todd Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.

From Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer:

"Congressman Akin’s comments this weekend are not just unfortunate and inappropriate, but they are distracting from our main goal of defeating Claire McCaskill and taking the Senate gavel out of the hands of Harry Reid.  At a time when our national debt is approaching $16 trillion, job growth is stagnate, and the Senate has failed to pass a budget in over 3 years, we need a candidate that is ready to help lead the charge for conservative solutions.

One of the lessons we learned in 2010 is that we need candidates who are not only conservative, but are capable of putting together a strong campaign against liberal opponents. 

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Politics
4:31 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Kentucky Republicans Land Big Roles at National Convention

Kentucky Republicans are getting high-profile positions at next week's national convention in Tampa, Florida while their Democratic counterparts are either skipping their party's convention or have not been offered speaking slots.

The event is set to begin August 27, and RNC organizers announced Monday that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is delivering his keynote speech in prime time on the first day of convention. Paul is scheduled to speak around 7:45 p.m.

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Politics
2:53 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

McConnell: Akin Should Reconsider Candidacy In Light of Rape Comments

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Calling the comments "inexcusable" Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is urging Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to reconsidering his bid.

Over the weekend, Congressman Akin was asked if he would support abortion in the case of women who have been raped. Akin said: "It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare...If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

He apologized Monday for the controversial remarks and rejected calls to drop out of the race, but GOP leaders have said the Missouri lawmaker should think twice.

WFPL requested a comment from McConnell, and received the following statement.

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Politics
2:19 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Rand Paul, James Comer to Discuss Industrial Hemp

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High-profile supporters of industrial hemp will rally for their cause at the Kentucky State Fair this week.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will hold a news conference on Thursday morning on the fairgrounds. Paul is the co-sponsor of a Senate bill that would make hemp legal again across the U.S. And Comer supports a state-level bill that would allow it in Kentucky. He does not support legalizing hemp's cousin crop, marijuana.

Comer says Kentucky has always been well-suited to growing hemp, and the crop could be helpful at a time like this.

“It’s more resilient to drought conditions than any crop I know," he says. "It’s a green crop, you don’t have to put out nitrogen fertilizer out for it, so it’s a win-win situation.”

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Beshear Says Hybrid Solution for Struggling Pensions Could Work

Governor Steve Beshear says he's interested in a so-called hybrid approach to pension reform.

Lawmakers are discussing how to fix the flailing public pension plans for state and county employees. They'll make recommendations at the end of the year.

Beshear says he would support a plan, that allows current to employees keep their pensions, but require new employees to pay into a 401k-type plan.

But the governor's support isn't without qualifications.

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Politics
9:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Organizers Expect Big Crowd for Tea Party Rally

A Tea Party rally featuring Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul in Frankfort to protest President Obama’s health care law is expected to draw a big crowd this week.

The two are expected to rail against the Affordable Care Act, which has been a punching bag for Republican leaders since its passage. Over the past year, Tea Party candidates running in Senate primaries have had impressive victories in Missouri, Indiana and Texas, and McConnell's appearance is being heralded as another sign of the movement's clout.

Tea Party activist David Adams says the rally will likely receive national attention due to McConnell and Paul’s attendance.

"The real draw on this are two U.S. Senators being there, so you may see people coming from farther away than just the 20 mile circle around the state Capitol," he says.

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Politics
6:30 am
Mon August 20, 2012

League of Women Voters Hosts Forum on Health Care Law

The Louisville chapter of the League of Women Voters is hosting a community forum on the impact of the Affordable Care Act Monday.

The forum’s panelists will include legal scholars, heath care providers and business leaders discussing specific provisions of the legislation, which was recently upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. But health care reform is a politically divisive with polls showing that 31 percent of Americans want the law fully repealed.

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The Two-Way
10:30 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Missouri GOP Senate Candidate's Remarks On Rape Stir Controversy

Rep. Todd Akin, seen here in May 2011, said he "misspoke" when he said that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." The GOP congressman is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in the race for the Senate seat.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 6:33 am

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican who's challenging Democrat Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat, said in a television interview Sunday that it's "rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he said in an interview with KTVI, a St. Louis television station.

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Politics
9:30 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Health Insurance Exchange Confounds Lawmakers

A health insurance exchange is required under the healthcare law, and will allow Kentuckians to compare and purchase insurance plans. But confusion about the exchange remains; lawmakers say information on the exchange is lacking, and want to know what the price tag will be. Kenny Colston has covered the story for WFPL and Kentucky Public Radio. He joined us on Friday's Byline to fill us in on just what we still don't know about how the exchange will work.

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