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4:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Indiana Senate Amends Bill on Abortion-Inducing Drugs

The Indiana Senate has dropped a proposed requirement that doctors must try to perform two ultrasound exams on women who receive drugs to induce abortions.

In a unanimous voice vote Monday, senators changed a bill on abortion pill regulations. It now requires a doctor to conduct appropriate testing during a follow-up appointment about two weeks after prescribing the drugs. The bill still requires doctors to perform an ultrasound exam on the woman before providing the drugs.

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Arts and Humanities
4:29 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Humana Festival of New American Plays Kicks Off

Actors Theatre of Louisville opens its 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays this week. The theater has produced more than 400 world premieres during the annual event since it founded the festival in 1976, and will welcome more than 40,000 patrons to nine new plays by eleven playwrights over the next six weeks.

"I passionately believe that it’s important that artists have champions, and Actors Theatre is honored to be able to provide a creative and supportive space for playwrights to develop their work," said artistic director Les Waters at a press conference today.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Legislative Fix to 2012 Pill Mill Bill Passes House Judiciary Committee

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A bill addressing problems with last year's prescription pill mill bill has cleared the House Judiciary Committee.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring the bill, which reduces some tough regulations that followed the pill mill bill.  The legislation, House Bill 217, requires hospitals and long term care facilities to still pull KASPER reports, but lessens other regulations on them

Stumbo told lawmakers that the bill would help codify easier regulations that were recently published and that the effort to crackdown on prescription pill abuse was effective.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

IU Holds Top Spot in College Basketball Polls

Indiana is No. 1 in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to No. 2 for the first time in school history.

The teams also have the top two spots in the USA Today coaches poll, followed by Duke and Michigan.   Miami and Kansas are number five in the AP and coaches polls, respectively.

Politics
3:02 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Senator Perry Clark Lauds Hemp, Pot Poll Results

State Sen. Perry Clark rallies for medical marijuana bill
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is touting a Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll, which shows broad support for industrial hemp and medical marijuana.

The survey finds 65 percent of Kentuckians support hemp and 60 percent favor using the drug for prescription use. Clark filed a measure dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act" that would move cannabis to the list of prescription drugs to treat illnesses.

Supporters rallied for the proposal earlier this year, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Clark says he hopes fellow state lawmakers are paying attention to national trends and the shift in public opinion among Kentuckians.

"Clearly we’re forming a cannabis majority in this nation. You know 19 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, at least two states have gone total recreational and eight other states have passed industrial hemp," he says. "It’s time for us to think forward and realize this is not the top problem that we’re having in Kentucky."

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Environment
2:04 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

American Electric Power Agrees to Stop Burning Coal at Coal-Fired Units in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio

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American Electric Power has agreed to stop burning coal at several coal-fired units in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. The company reached a settlement today with a coalition of environmental groups, several states and the Environmental Protection Agency.

From the Sierra Club:

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Politics
1:24 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Kentucky Head Start, Child Care and Education Programs Facing Sequester Cuts, White House says

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The automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday would pare several Kentucky programs that help families, including a child-care subsidy program that state officials have already cut back, says a state-by-state study from the White House.

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Local News
1:21 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill That Would Drug Test Some Welfare Recipients Clears Indiana House

A bill that would require drug testing for some welfare recipients has been approved by the Indiana House of Representatives.

Under the measure, people who sign up for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have to complete a written test to screen for drug abuse.   Those suspected of having a problem would be drug tested and if they fail, would have to seek treatment to continue getting benefits.

The bill passed the Republican-controlled chamber today,  78-17.   Democrat Charlie Brown voted no, calling the legislation “elitist.”

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Politics
10:29 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Gun Control Group Continues Ad Campaign Against Mitch McConnell

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee has launched a new ad criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell over proposed gun control measures.

This is the second spot by the group to target McConnell, and like the previous ad it features a Kentucky gun owner and military veteran who supports a ban on assault weapons.

Watch:

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Politics
9:30 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Budget, Gaming Bills Among Many Moving Through Indiana Legislature

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A state budget and measures affecting schools and the gaming industry are on the long list of proposals still to be considered by the Indiana General Assembly.

The budget being crafted by GOP lawmakers who control the House does not include an income tax cut pushed by fellow Republican Gov. Mike Pence, but they say they’ll revisit Pence’s proposal after getting an updated economic forecast in April.

The plan would instead use the tax cut money to boost spending on education and transportation.

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