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4:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill to Raise Kentucky Dropout Age Approved by House Panel

The Kentucky House Education Committee has approved a bill that would require students to stay in school until they’re 18 years old.

Kentucky’s current law that allows students to drop out at age 16 with their parents’ permission. 

"As Gov. Beshear noted in his State of the Commonwealth speech, the dropout age was set in 1920.  That’s almost been 100 years.  Now in 1920, education wasn’t as highly regarded as it is today," said Democratic Rep. Jeff Greer, the bill's sponsor. 

Politics
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky State Senate OKs Alcohol Sales on Election Day

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The Kentucky State Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would remove the prohibition of alcohol sales on election days while polls are open.

The bill wouldn't supersede the authority of dry counties in determining alcohol availability—but areas that wanted to continue the prohibition of election day alcohol sales could vote to do so.

One aim of the bill: Business that rely on alcohol sales—and also tourist destinations along Kentucky's Bourbon Trail—would be allowed to remain open on election days.

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Local News
4:07 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Indiana House Approves Specialty License Plate Bill

Indianapolis Youth Group

The Indiana House has approved a plan to overhaul the state's specialty auto license plate system that requires all the groups with plates to sell 500 a year and undergo a financial review once a decade.

House members voted 92-6 in favor of the bill today.   A similar overhaul plan was derailed last year by some Republican legislators who sought to revoke the plate issued to a gay youth advocacy group.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

WFPL Brings Live Coverage of the State of the Union

President Barack Obama
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WFPL will tonight carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's first State of the Union address of his second term.

Coverage starts at 9 p.m. Join us at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

We'll also have coverage here at WFPL.org tonight and tomorrow of Obama's address, the Republican response and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's response on behalf of the tea party.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill Increasing Kentucky Booster Seat Height Requirements Passes House Committee

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Seeking to curb child fatalities on Kentucky roads, a state House committee approved a bill  increasing children's height requirement for booster seats.

House Bill 282 would require children to use a booster seat while riding in a motor vehicle until they reach 57 inches or the age 9. Currently, children must use booster seats until they reach 53 inches or age 7.

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Politics
1:46 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Health Sharing Bill Moves Onto Full State Senate

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FRANKFORT — A bill that would allow exemptions for Christian health sharing organizations to operate in Kentucky sailed over it first hurdle in a Senate committee.

Senate Bill 3 is known as the Medishare bill, named for the health sharing organization Christian Care Medishare, which was recently kicked out of Kentucky by the Department of Insurance. Medishare operates by pooling money to help pay for members medical bills.

The bill would allow Medishare to re-start operations in Kentucky by giving it an exemption under current state insurance law.

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1:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Council Democrats Propose Tax Increase to Pay for Housing Trust Fund

A handful of Louisville Metro Council Democrats are proposing to raise the insurance premium tax by 1 percentage point to pay for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

The ordinance would increase the premiums on policies such as life, casualty, home and automobile insurance from 5 percent to 6 percent.

It is estimated raising the tax will generate an additional $9.7 million in revenue towards the city's general fund. Supporters of the ordinance admit other council members may want to use new funds to fill the project $13 million budget shortfall or shore up the city's depleted road fund.

Besides housing issues, the legislation specifically speaks to the "acute need of road and sidewalk repair" and to improve transportation.

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, is one of the seven sponsors of the bill. She says if the increase passes it will last only five years, and that she and others will work to make sure it is used for housing.

"The seven of us are going to do our best to convince a total of 14 of us on the Metro Council when we come to budget negotiations that this new $10 million revenue over the course of the next year should be dedicated specifically to affordable housing issues," she says.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Indiana Jobs Panel Would Target Veterans' Unemployment

Indiana legislative leaders say they want a proposed statewide career council to include efforts to reduce the state's high jobless rate among military veterans.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says he was startled to learn that 20 percent of Indiana's post 9/11 veterans are unemployed. Bosma says the bill establishing the Indiana Career Council was amended to include a requirement that it involve military and veterans organizations as its proposals are developed.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Group 'Encouraged' By First Impressions From Shuttered Park

Ed Hart speaks to media outside of the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

Leaders of a  group that’s expected to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say their team is on the ground and money has been spent.

The state fair board approved a lease agreement last month with the Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company led by local businessman Ed Hart, who once operated the park before Six Flags took over.

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Politics
11:44 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Kentucky Metro Leaders to Draft Legislation for Local Option Sales Tax

Mayor Greg Fischer
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FRANKFORT — Though the effort for a local option sales tax lacks support from principals in the General Assembly, Mayor Greg Fischer and other leaders from Kentucky's largest communities still went to Frankfort on Tuesday to push for a constitutional amendment.

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