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KY Negotiators Approve Plan to Shore up Pensions

Posted: 03/26/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a proposal intended to restore solvency to Kentucky's pension plans for government retirees.

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Beshear Signs Bill to Bolster Human Trafficking Law

Updated: 03/26/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a bill that will strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims

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Beshear Being Pressured on Religious Freedom Bill

Updated: 03/12/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear is being pressured from both sides of a controversial bill that would strengthen legal protections for religious freedom in Kentucky.

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KY Passes Stronger Human Trafficking Bill

Updated: 03/12/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The General Assembly is sending Gov. Steve Beshear a bill that would strengthen Kentucky's human trafficking law, by increasing punishments for offenders and bolstering protections for victims.

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Senate Clears Brennan as CIA Chief

Updated: 03/07/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- John Brennan has won Senate confirmation to head the CIA, after a late struggle that had more to do with presidential power to order drone strikes, than with the nominee's credentials to lead the spy agency.

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Beshear Pledges to Finish Pension Reform This Year

Posted: 03/05/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate have passed differing versions of legislation aimed at restoring solvency to the pension system, which has a $33 billion unfunded liability.

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McConnell Downplaying Impact of Spending Cuts

Updated: 03/01/2013 - LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is downplaying the risks that looming automatic federal spending cuts will damage the nation's economy.

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Hemp Supporters Ratcheting up Pressure

Updated: 02/28/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Industrial hemp supporters are ratcheting up the pressure to force a vote on a stalled bill that would allow farmers in Kentucky to grow the crop if federal ban is lifted.

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Tax on KY Lottery Sales No Longer Being Considered

Updated: 02/25/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Lawmakers won't pursue a 6 percent tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.

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Tweaks to KY Prescription Drug Law Get Initial OK

Updated: 02/25/2013 - FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering modifications to Kentucky's prescription drug law to exempt patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice centers, from rules intended to make it more difficult for addicts to get painkillers.

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Obama Urges Congress to 'Compromise' on Cuts

Updated: 02/25/2013 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Congress can keep across-the-board cuts from taking effect with "just a little bit of compromise."

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House Passes Law Raising Minimum Dropout Age to 18

Posted: 02/14/2013 - The proposal would increase the dropout age incrementally from 16 to 17 to 18 over a period of years, giving both students and school districts time to adjust to the change.

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