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4:45 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Indiana House Panel Approves Amended Abortion Bill

Indiana lawmakers are dropping a proposal that would require clinics offering the abortion pill perform ultrasounds on women seeking the drug.

A House committee removed that provision Wednesday from a broader Senate bill that would force clinics that provide only drug-induced abortions to meet the same facility requirements as clinics that perform surgical abortions.

The committee voted 8-5 to advance the bill to the full House.

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Local News
4:08 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

State Revokes Licenses for at Least 17 Louisville Day Cares, Withholds Subsidy Payments

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The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services sent letters dated Wednesday to 18 Kentucky child care centers—at least 17 in Louisville—notifying them that their state licenses to operate were being revoked.

The child care centers have 20 calendar days to appeal. The child care centers can stay open during this time period, the cabinet said.

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Breaking
2:54 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Members to Call for Removal of Barbara Shanklin

Barbara Shanklin
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Louisville Metro Council members are forming a charging committee to hold a removal trial against Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, sources confirmed to WFPL.

Earlier this month, the Metro Ethics Commission recommended Shanklin's ouster after finding her to have violated provisions of the city's ethics law.

An announcement is expected later Wednesday afternoon. 

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Politics
2:47 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Praise General Assembly for Approving Hemp Legislation

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Republican U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are lauding the Kentucky General Assembly for passing legislation to allow a regulatory framework for industrial hemp.

The so-called hemp bill was approved by state lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session, and allows licensing of future hemp farmers to the Industrial Hemp Commission should the federal government legalize the crop.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer led the initiative, and told Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston state officials are working with the federal delegation to get a federal waiver.

McConnell and Paul both said Wednesday they will work to get the crop legalized for Kentucky farmers to grow.

From McConnell's office:

I applaud Commissioner James Comer for his leadership on the issue and the Kentucky General Assembly for passing the legislation which has the potential to provide an economic boost to Kentucky, create jobs and allow Kentucky farmers to harness the economic potential that industrial hemp can provide. 

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Politics
12:53 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

How Kentucky Legislators Voted on 'Religious Freedom,' Pensions and Hemp Bills

Robert Stivers and other legislators talk earlier in the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

The Kentucky General Assembly was in session Tuesday to the last possible minute—that would be midnight—working on several key pieces of legislation. The most-discussed bills dealt with industrial hemp, funding for the state employee pension systems and "religious freedom."

Each of those proposals were approved, in one form or another.

 (Related: Legislators call 2013 session a success.)

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Politics
12:51 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Call 2013 Session A Success

Robert Stivers and Greg Stumbo
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Kentucky legislative leaders say they're proud of the 2013, with legislators having accomplished pension reforms, cleaned up other bills and passed others dealing with hemp, special taxing district and military voting.

Many of the legislature's top priorities were passed in the 30-day session, although most of them were hatched as last minutes deals in the waning days of the session.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the 2013 session may have been his proudest in more than a decade.

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Environment
11:26 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Final Sustainability Plan Includes Bigger Goals, Tighter Deadlines

Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city’s sustainability plan, and it has several more ambitious goals and initiatives than the draft version.

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Environment
10:24 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Read the Final Version of Louisville Sustainability Plan

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has released the final version of the city's sustainability plan. We'll have more on it later, but here it is in the meantime.

Education
7:45 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'My Brothers Really Listened To Me'

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Marcus McCormick sacrificed his own education for his brothers, sometimes stealing food from grocery stores to feed his hungry family. But after he dropped out of school and left home his brothers stopped going to school.

This is the second in a series of stories WFPL is airing over the next month profiling former public school students that left school before graduating. The series sheds light on the personal narratives behind statistics and data media often report. 

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Politics
1:26 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Amended Hemp Bill Passes Kentucky Legislature; Comer OK With Result

James Comer
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Kentucky lawmakers have achieved a compromise that would set up a regulatory framework should the federal government legalize industrial hemp.

The so-called hemp bill—Senate Bill 50—gives control of licensing of future hemp farmers to the Industrial Hemp Commission, but allow the Kentucky State Police to do background checks on the farmers.

The state Department of Agriculture would be given many administrative roles for licensing hemp farmers and the University of Kentucky would be charged with researching the issue.

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