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Photo ID Bill Advances in Kentucky but Draws Threat of Legal Challenge

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – As Kentucky legislators advance a bill to require voters to show a government-issued ID to cast a ballot, a civil-liberties group says it might mount a challenge if the bill becomes law. The Republican-backed measure cleared a House committee on a party-line vote Thursday. Opponents raised concerns the photo ID requirement… Read More

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Kentucky Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana Advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Medical marijuana advocates have won an initial victory in trying to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. A legalization measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote Wednesday. The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and… Read More

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Over-Hyped Hemp? Amid Price Drop and a Big Bankruptcy, Some Farmers Feel Burned

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John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly… Read More

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Ohio River Regulators Planning Riverwide PFAS Study

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Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River. Concerns are mounting about PFAS contamination in drinking water systems along the Ohio Valley. Studies have shown the contaminants in the drinking water of dozens of cities. The scientists work with a multi-state commission… Read More

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Grocers in Rural Coal Country Struggle to Stay in Business

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There’s a picture frame on the wall next to the customer service desk in the IGA in Inez, Kentucky. Inside the frame is a scrap of beige meat-counter paper, on which a man named Derle Ousley sketched the layout for an ad announcing the opening of his very first grocery store. “Inez Supermarket Grand Opening,”… Read More

Miners and supporters block the railroad in Pike Co., KY

More Unpaid Appalachian Miners Stage a Coal Train Blockade

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For the second time since summer, eastern Kentucky coal miners are blockading a railroad track to protest unpaid wages. The new blockade, which was started Monday afternoon by Quest Energy miners, echoes the months-long blockade by Blackjewel coal miners over the summer and speaks to a growing discontent in Appalachian coal country. “It’s hard to go… Read More

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Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law in Place

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment Monday in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf… Read More

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, along with lieutenant governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman, acknowledge supporters at the Kentucky Democratic Party election night watch event, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky Gov-elect says He Won by Focusing on People’s Needs

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Democrat Andy Beshear says he won the governor’s race in Republican-leaning Kentucky by focusing on voters’ anxieties and not the “24-hour cable news cycle.” In a Friday interview with The Associated Press, the governor-elect says the political culture has “wandered sometimes further and further away” from the day-to-day needs of people…. Read More

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Hemp Application Period Underway in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the state’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway. Grower applications must be submitted by March 15 of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage…. Read More