2:42pm

Thu March 15, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Local Businesses Devoted to Wildcats

The barber shop near the corner of Euclid and Woodland Avenues in Lexington is like most barber shops, offering men’s haircuts, beard trimming, straight razor shaves. But the atmosphere owner Ryan Lykins has created is a lot like a sports bar. Lykins and his wife Cassandra own Kentucky Wildcuts Barber Shop, a business they opened about three years ago.“We thought about naming it just Wildcuts. And we thought well if we can put the Kentucky in front, they won’t think it’s just crazy haircuts; they’ll know it’s a play off the university.”

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2:40pm

Thu March 15, 2012
The Two-Way

NAACP Takes Voter I.D. Laws To U.N. Rights Council

Like they've done in the past, the NAACP has argued before a United Nations panel that laws passed in some states that require voters to show identification suppress the votes of minorities.

Fox News reports the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People made its case in Geneva yesterday:

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2:37pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

House Budget Committee Approves Road Plan

The Kentucky House budget committee has approved the next two-year road plan for the commonwealth.The committee easily passed the plan and the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget today. The road plan funds many of Governor Steve Beshear’s big initiatives, such as widening both Interstate 65 around Bowling Green and the Mountain Parkway. Bill sponsor Sannie Overly didn’t offer specific details about the committee’s changes to the measures, but says there are some.

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2:34pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Unveils Medal of Honor Plaque

Gov. Steve Beshear Thursday joined lawmakers and veterans’ groups from across Kentucky to unveil a bronze plaque listing the names of Kentucky’s 60 Medal of Honor recipients. Three of Kentucky’s five living Medal of Honor recipients attended the event. “It’s a privilege to present this plaque that proudly lists the names of individuals who have selflessly served our country and fought for our freedom,” Beshear said.

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2:30pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Announces CHFS Secretary

Audrey Haynes

A longtime Kentuckian with experience running state and national organizations, including a turn as a senior staffer to President Bill Clinton, will serve as the new Secretary for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Gov. Steve Beshear announced Thursday that Audrey Tayse Haynes will begin her new role as secretary on April 16. “Audrey brings a dynamic mix of large-scale organization management, policy development, and government experience to this position, and I’m very pleased that she is bringing those talents back to us in Kentucky,” Beshear said in a statement about Haynes' appointment.

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2:27pm

Thu March 15, 2012
The Commonwealth

Agency Warns Against Legalizing Hemp

Legalizing industrial hemp would create enforcement and perception problems for Kentucky, the head of a federal drug enforcement agency says. Ed Shemelya, a former Kentucky State Police commander and head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, testified Wednesday against legislative proposals that would make marijuana’s botanical cousin available for harvest.

2:24pm

Thu March 15, 2012
The Commonwealth

Tax Relief Available for Disaster Victims

The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor recently announced Internal Revenue Service special tax relief for taxpayers in the Presidential Disaster Areas who were victims of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that started on Feb. 29. As of March 13, President Barack Obama has declared Bath, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Grayson, Johnson, Kenton, LaRue, Laurel, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Pendleton, Rowan, Russell, Trimble and Wolfe counties federal disaster areas.

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2:21pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

Foster Children Bill Progresses

Chelsea Hoover

Chelsea Hoover told state lawmakers on Wednesday that when her years of being a Kentucky foster child ended, social workers did not give her enough information about programs that could ease her transition into adulthood. After hearing from Hoover, the Senate Health and Welfare committee unanimously passed a bill that requires state social workers to give foster children specific information and support when they are 17 ½ . The bill also gives them extra time to decide whether they want to extend their commitment to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

2:16pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

AT&T Proposal Stalls in Senate

A Senate bill drafted by AT&T that could limit the availability of land-line phone service in Kentucky ran into trouble Wednesday. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he has problems with the bill because there are some areas of the state, including parts of his district in Eastern Kentucky, where there is no cell phone service. "I live in an area of the state where it is difficult to communicate with certain rural parts of my county via cell," he said. "If you eliminate land lines in their entirety, you eliminate access in case of emergencies and for elderly people who don't have or are not accustomed to cell phones."

2:13pm

Thu March 15, 2012
State Capitol

Beshear Signs Insurance Order

Gov. Steve Beshear Wedneday signed an executive order that will prohibit insurance companies from cancelling policies or changing rates for policy holders in counties affected by the deadly storms and tornadoes on Feb. 29 and March 2. This is the first time this type of order has been executed in Kentucky. “As our families begin to repair their homes and get their finances in order, their policies for health, life or property insurance are more important than ever,” Beshear said in statement issued by his office.

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