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9:25 am
Mon March 22, 2010

One Ky. Democrat Not Celebrating Healthcare Bill

WASHINGTON – The only Kentucky Congressman to vote in favor of the healthcare overhaul that passed the U.S. House Sunday night was Louisville Democrat John Yarmuth. After a 219-212 vote, the bill is one step closer to getting President Obama's signature.

Yarmuth calls it the most important vote he's ever cast, saying the measure is "the right thing" for the country.

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9:12 am
Mon March 22, 2010

Crunch Time For Legislature

Frankfort, KY – Only nine days remain in the 2010 Kentucky General Assembly, and the Senate still needs to approve the state budget and then confer with the House on a final agreement. The session appears to be headed for a hectic finish, but that doesn't surprise Senate President David Williams.

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4:39 pm
Fri March 19, 2010

Clock is Ticking On Legislative Session

Frankfort, KY – Week eleven of the 2010 session ended with the Senate passing a new six-year road plan, then deciding to pull the bill back and return it to committee. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Ernie Harris says the House adjourned early, so there was nowhere to send the bill.

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9:34 am
Thu March 18, 2010

UK To Lend Support To WEG

Lexington, KY – The Commonwealth's flagship university is working behind the scenes to make the upcoming World Equestrian Games the safest possible. Student reporter Elyce Kolder has more in this week's Focus on UK.

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4:23 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Instant Racing Bill On Life Support

Frankfort, KY – Georgetown Sen. Damon Thayer is putting his instant racing bill on hold in the Kentucky General Assembly. The bill had been returned to Thayer's committee for radical surgery, but in the face of mounting opposition, Thayer didn't call it. Thayer still believes Gov. Beshear has the authority to use the regulatory process to bring instant racing to Kentucky.

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3:20 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

GED Enrollment On The Rise

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – More Kentuckians are enrolling in adult education programs to help them earn their GED. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education reports enrollment in basic, secondary, and ESL courses is up 16 percent from this time last year.

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8:45 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Proposal Would Require Insurance Companies To Cover Autism Treatment

Rep. Scott Brinkman, R-Louisville, debates a bill up for consideration in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – A bill requiring insurance companies to cover specific treatment of autistic children has unanimously cleared the Kentucky House. Louisville Rep. Scott Brinkman, who co-sponsored the legislation, has an adult son with autism.

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7:41 am
Wed March 17, 2010

Horse Racing Commission Contract Will Create New Lab in Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has agreed to a contract that will keep equine lab testing in the Commonwealth. Blood and urine samples from horses competing in Kentucky are currently sent out of state. At Tuesday's meeting in Lexington, the commission voted to have HFL Sport Science handle lab services beginning February 2011.

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2:47 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Education Committee Takes Up Waivers For Snow Days - Flu Closings

Frankfort, KY – Over the objections of State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, a bill allowing Kentucky schools that lost more than 20 instructional days to snow and flu this winter to seek waivers has cleared the House Education Committee.


The committee also approved a Senate bill allowing early high school graduation for students who meet strict academic requirements. The measure also creates a scholarship fund for such students. Both bills advance to the House floor.

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1:15 pm
Tue March 16, 2010

Kentucky American Water Rebuffs Council Request

Lexington, KY – KAW spokesperson Susan Lancho says the matter is already being taken up by the Public Service Commission; the legal governing body and concerned council members will have ample opportunity to voice their concerns during upcoming hearings. Lancho adds that 90% of the utility's requested rate hike is tied to construction of a multi-million dollar water treatment plant; something KAW felt necessary to ensure reliable water supply and service to its customers.

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