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Republican Sen. Rand Paul says that some people "game the system" to receive disability payments they don't deserve.  During a meeting Wednesday with Republican state lawmakers in New Hampshire, Paul said that fraud is a widespread problem in disability programs that help people who are injured at work.

A group of labor unions have filed a federal lawsuit to stop a right-to-work ordinance in Hardin County

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The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval to Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville for an expansion project.

Democratic state Auditor Adam Edelen has filed for re-election.

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Will T. Scott has selected former sheriff Rodney Coffey as his running mate and has endorsed expanding gambling as a way to raise money to meet Kentucky's public pension obligations.

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The last surviving member of the first Kentucky State Police cadet class has died at the age of 94.  Services are to be Wednesday in Prestonsburg for retired lieutenant Chester Potter.  Potter died Saturday at a nursing home.

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Democrat Jack Conway has officially filed to run for governor.  The Attorney General filed candidacy papers with the Secretary of State's office Monday morning. Conway officially announced his candidacy in May and has been raising money ever since, raising more than $1.3 million. But Monday's filing officially puts him on the ballot for the May 19 Democratic primary.

Legislative leaders want to make changes to the state's $9.6 billion budget to plug a hole in the state's struggling retirement fund for public school teachers and build a cancer research facility at the University of Kentucky. 

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The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has filed to run for attorney general.  Sen. Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville has been a state senator for just two years. But the 34-year-old former Christian County assistant commonwealth's attorney says he is the best qualified to be the state's top prosecutor.

Kentucky lawmakers are back at work this week and appear to have resumed their political battles despite calls for bipartisan cooperation in the short legislative session.