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6:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Conway OK with Possible Changes to Pill Mill Legislation

Attorney General Jack Conway
Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

Though he pushed for its approval, Kentucky’s attorney general doesn't oppose changes to a law the General Assembly passed last year to curb prescription drug abuse and place restrictions on pain clinics.

Jack Conway said some of the complaints physicians have made about the bill have merit.

Conway said nobody wants to prevent Kentuckians who have legitimate needs for pain medications from obtaining prescriptions.

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11:16 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

BuzzFeed: Mitch McConnell Should Fear Jim DeMint

Sens. Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

The resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Sc., could spell bad news for his soon-to-be former GOP colleagues—namely Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,—who face re-election in 2014.

In a statement, McConnell praised DeMint's "uncompromising service," however, as BuzzFeed's John Stanton points out, DeMint has been pushing for Republicans to be more conservative for years. And as president of the Heritage Foundation, he will have an ideal seat to wage an ideological war on incumbents such as McConnell.

From BuzzFeed:

There’s no love lost between DeMint and the top Republican in the Senate. The two have repeatedly clashed over policy positions McConnell has sought to push, as well as the broader direction of the conference and Republican Party.

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5:59 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Kentucky's Blue Ribbon Tax Commission Recommends $690 Million in New Tax Revenues

Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Tax Commission has made its recommendations to reform the state’s tax code, which officials say would boost revenues by nearly $690 million.

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5:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Report: Matthew Barzun to Co-Chair Obama's Inaugural Committee

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentuckian Matthew Barzun has enjoyed a star-studded week.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Barzun and American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour were under consideration to be the next U.S. ambassador to Great Britain.

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4:21 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mayor Greg Fischer Appoints New Heads for MetroSafe, Public Works

Mayor Greg Fischer has appointed new directors for Louisville Metro Public Works and the county Emergency Management Agency/MetroSafe, and also named a longtime city employee to the new role of chief of public services.

Vanessa Burns will lead Public Works & Assets. She is currently a staff member for the appropriations committee in the Connecticut General Assembly, and has directed public works for the District of Columbia, Evanston, Ill., and New Haven, Ct., the city said.

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3:55 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Lugar to Announce Post-Senate Plans Friday

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is preparing to announce his plans for the future after spending 36 years in the Senate.

The Indiana Republican will reveal his plans during a news conference Friday afternoon at the University of Indianapolis.

The university might be part of those plans. School President Robert Manual will join Lugar at the news conference.

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2:43 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Hemp Commission Will Work on Proposal, Economic Impact Study

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
Credit File photo

The second meeting of the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission will soon begin sorting through the details of its efforts to bring legalized hemp to Kentucky.

The commission will work on the details of a new legislative bill proposal, such what the bill will include and which legisators will sponsor it during the 2013 session, said the chairman, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer.

Comer says another detail will be to pick a state university to commission a new economic study of legalizing industrial hemp in Kentucky.

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2:30 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

TARC Schedules Trips to River Ridge Commerce Center, Amazon

The Transit Authority of River City will begin offering transportation to Indiana’s River Ridge Commerce Center next month.

TARC spokeswoman Kay Stewart says service was requested by One Southern Indiana and businesses in River Ridge, namely Amazon, which set up a distribution center earlier this year.

She says the three morning and four afternoon trips scheduled will accommodate Amazon’s various shifts.

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2:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Despite Drought, Ky. Agriculture Revenues Could Set Records

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Despite experiencing one of the worse droughts in U.S. history, agriculture economists in Kentucky are projecting record cash receipts for the state’s farmers.

During their annual outlook during the Kentucky Farm Bureau conference, economists from the University of Kentucky say they think Kentucky will break the $5-billion barrier in revenues this year.

Lead economist Will Snell says high prices for many crops -- along will increased exports and insurance payouts  -- helped offset the drought for many agricultural industries in Kentucky.

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Politics
1:34 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Mitch McConnell Praises Jim DeMint's 'Uncompromising Service'

Sens. Jim DeMint and Mitch McConnell
Credit U.S. Senate

Reacting to the sudden resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is praising his sometime GOP rival, who is leaving in January to lead a conservative think tank.

From McConnell's office:

"I thank Senator DeMint for his uncompromising service to South Carolina and our country in the United States Senate. Jim helped provide a powerful voice for conservative ideals in a town where those principles are too often hidden beneath business as usual. 

There is no question in my mind that he raised the profile of important issues like spending and debt and helped galvanize the American people against a big government agenda. I am confident that he will continue to advocate for conservative principles in the next chapter of his service to the American people."

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