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1:06 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Deal Reached on Kentucky Military Voting Legislation, Passes in Final Minutes of Session

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Kentucky military personnel serving overseas will be able to get ballots electronically under legislation approved late Tuesday in the Kentucky General Assembly. How they send them back is still to be determined.

Working until the last minute of the 2013 session, legislators went back to the original Senate version of the military voting bill that allowed for electronic sending of ballots to overseas military, but snail mail return of the ballot.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

U of L, UK Reach Women's NCAA Sweet Sixteen Round

The Louisville Cards and Kentucky Wildcats are both headed to the third round of the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Second-seeded UK advanced to the Sweet Sixteen with a 84-70 victory tonight over Dayton.     The Wildcats will face Delaware, a number six seed, Saturday in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Fifth-seeded U of L made it to the third round with a 76-63 win over Purdue at the KFC Yum Center.

Politics
9:53 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Lawmakers Approve Litany of Alcohol Bills, Including Sales on Election Day

Kentuckians in wet and moist counties may soon be able to buy alcohol on election days.

 The Kentucky House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 13, sponsored by State Senator John Schickel, a Republican from Union. Under the bill, small businesses and tourist destinations along Kentucky's Bourbon trail would also be able to stay open during election days.

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Politics
8:56 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

General Assembly Overrides Gov. Steve Beshear's Veto of 'Religious Freedom' Bill

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In a sweeping bipartisan vote, both chambers of the General Assembly overturned Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s veto of the controversial religious freedom bill.

Earlier this week, the House Democratic caucus met behind closed doors to hold a secret ballot, which ultimately favored bringing the measure back to the House floor.

After a half hour of debate, the House rejected the gubernatorial veto by an overwhelming 79-15 margin.

Supporters of the legislation affirmed it does not undermine anyone’s civil rights protections, and only safeguards First Amendment rights.

"There have been attempts to take God out of everything," says state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, who supported the bill. "They want to take God out of the pledge of allegiance, can you believe that? You don't think your religious freedom is under attack? Then maybe you do believe in a boogeyman."

The law allows individuals the right to act or refuse to act on any laws or regulations that violate tenets of their faith. Opponents have rallied for weeks, arguing it could allow for residents to disregard civil rights protections such as local Fairness laws protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered citizens.

Those who lobbied for the House to override Beshear's veto denied those accusations vehemently, however.

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Politics
8:14 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky General Assembly Passes Pension Bills, Avert Special Session

Greg Stumbo and Damon Thayer
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FRANKFORT — Kentucky's legislative leaders have passed two bills to shore up the state's underfunded pension systems, effectively staving off a special session on the issue.

The new plan would reduce a personal tax credit of $20 to $10, generating about $33 million in revenue that would go to General Fund, but lawmakers would use it for pensions. The plan would also use revenue from technical changes in the state's tax code, as well as money from federal tax changes.

Overall, the plan would generate $96 million in the 2015 fiscal year and $100 million in 2016 fiscal year.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Indiana Synthetic Drug Bill Wins House Passage

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The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at cracking down on retailers who sell bath salts and other illegal synthetic drugs.

House sponsor Rep. Milo Smith says under the measure, shops caught selling the drugs could have their merchant licenses revoked and face additional penalties.

He says drug makers and sellers have been chemically altering or repackaging the drugs in an attempt to stay a step ahead of police and prosecutors.

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Environment
3:07 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Poll: Louisvillians More Concerned About Air Quality Than Other Kentuckians Are

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A new poll shows that Louisville residents are more concerned about air quality than those living in other areas of the state.

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Education
2:02 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Kentucky Education Commissioner Gives JCPS Expectations for Low-Achieving Schools

Holliday joined JCPS superintendent Donna Hargens at a public education forum last week.
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Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is taking steps to ensure Jefferson County’s lowest achieving schools—called priority schools—have the strategies in place to improve.

Holliday met with Superintendent Donna Hargens Tuesday and discussed numerous expectations and recommendations for JCPS to consider.

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Arts and Humanities
1:02 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters Added to Forecastle Line-Up

Robert Plant
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Robert Plant & The Sensational Shape Shifters have been added to the line-up for the 2013 Forecastle Festival in July, organizers announced on Tuesday.

"Robert Plant and his amazing new group of conspirators the Sensational Space Shifters will be performing songs from every era of Plant’s storied career," Forecastle said.

Plant, of Led Zeppelin fame, more recently collaborated with bluegrass musician Alison Krauss.

Boys Noize, Inc. and singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz were also added to the Forecastle lineup.

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Politics
12:38 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Christian Health-Sharing Bill Passes House, Could Become Law

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A bill that would allow a Christian health sharing organization to again operate in Kentucky is steps away from becoming law, if it's not vetoed.

Senate Bill 3, called the Medi-share bill after Christian Care Medi-Share, on Tuesday passed the House 88-8 after amendments that require Christian Care Medi-Share to give more warnings to customers  that health sharing is not insurance.

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