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6:59 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Furious Over Sanctions, North Korea Vows to Nuke United States

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea is vowing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The harsh rhetoric Thursday comes hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for "pre-emptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors" because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.

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5:22 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Senate Changes Special Taxing District Reform; House Objects

Damon Thayer
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Changes to a bill reforming how special taxing districts operate in Kentucky could kill the legislation in the final days of the General Assembly session.

State Sen. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican and the majority floor leader, introduced the changes in committee on Wednesday which give local governments veto powers over possible rate increases by special districts. Those changes later passed off the Senate floor. 

Special taxing districts are usually sewer districts, library boards or other quasi-governmental public service entities.

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5:05 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Urged to Increase Controls on Drugs Used in Meth-Making

Local officials from around Indiana are making a push for the legislature to require that people obtain a doctor's prescription in order to buy cold medications often used to make methamphetamine.

An Indiana House committee heard testimony today on a bill that would set tighter limits on how much ephedrine and pseudoephedrine that consumers could legally purchase, but it would not require prescriptions.

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3:48 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Rand Paul Old-School Filibusters Nomination of CIA Director for 13 Hours

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.
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Speaking on the Senate floor, Republican Rand Paul is actively filibustering the nomination of John Brennan as director of the CIA, citing concerns over President Obama's policy on drones and civil liberties.

Earlier this week, Kentucky's junior senator received a controversial response from Attorney General Eric Holder about the administration’s use of unmanned aircrafts.

Holder told Paul the president could theoretically authorize deadly force to be used against a citizen on U.S. soil without due process.

Since Wednesday morning, Paul has been delaying Brennan's nomination and pledged to talk until he couldn't anymore.

Paul says the White House is continuing the controversial policies of former President George W. Bush, which candidate Obama spoke out against in 2007.

"We had a president who ran for office saying your phone shouldn’t be tapped without a warrant. I happened to agree with candidate Obama. But what happened to candidate Obama who wanted to protect the right to privacy of your who doesn’t care much about your right not to be killed by a drone without any kind of judicial proceeding," he says.

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3:08 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Anti-Gambling Group: Cost Outweights Benefits

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FRANKFORT — Gambling brings social ills that will offset any tax revenue to Kentucky, argued a new group that rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda.

About 30 people joined the group Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky for the rally, where speakers dismissed efforts in the General Assembly to expand gambling through casinos or Instant Racing.

Karen Hendersen, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling Kentucky, warned that casinos create a burden to state funds in the form of gambling addiction treatment and family assistance programs.

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9:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

House Committee Passes Kentucky Hemp Bill, but Floor Vote Uncertain

James Comer
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 Updated: FRANKFORT — In its second try, the Kentucky House agriculture committee approved a bill Wednesday creating a regulatory framework for growing hemp in Kentucky, if the federal government were to legalize it.

The hemp bill—championed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer—got only one no vote in the House agriculture committee.

Last week, an ag committee meeting abruptly ended after a tense exchange among lawmakers on the hemp issue.

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9:12 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Team Mitch Does the Harlem Shake

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The viral video dance craze of the new Harlem Shake hit the 2014 Kentucky U.S. Senate campaign trail.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign released their version of the meme. It begins with a person wearing a McConnell mask dancing to the song outside Churchill Down, and well...just watch below.

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6:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

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Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

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5:03 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

House Committee Passes Redistricting Maps After Long Wait

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The House State Government committee has advanced a new redistricting map to the House floor after weeks of closed door debate.

Last year's state House and Senate districts were ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court after House GOP members challenged them in court. The new House districts would create seven new districts all across Kentucky, where no current lawmakers reside. 

Those districts are: 

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4:22 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Councilwoman Marilyn Parker Declines Government Pension Benefits

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker
Credit Parker campaign

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Marilyn Parker, R-18, is forgoing her government pension benefits, citing the lack of real reforms in the 2013 General Assembly.

By declining the benefits Parker is saving the city an estimated $8,500 annually and Metro Government will not have to contribute to the state pension system on her behalf.

Parker says the decisions is meant to send a message to state lawmakers, and alert taxpayers on how serious the pension problem is for Kentucky.

"It is an issue that deeply concerns me for our state and city budgets. I'm concerned that we're not seeing a fix coming out of Frankfort," she says. "And as time goes on it is going our state and local budgets at risk and government at risk."

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