Associated Press http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky Legislature: Yes to Cannabis Oil and Higher Gas Tax http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-legislature-yes-cannabis-oil-and-higher-gas-tax <p>Doctors at two Kentucky research hospitals can prescribe medicine derived from marijuana oil to treat child seizures under a bill that cleared the General Assembly on Monday.</p><p>The bill would allow Kentuckians to use cannabidiol in two cases: a prescription from a doctor at the University of Kentucky or the University of Louisville research hospitals, or a trial from the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.</p><p>The Senate gave the bill final approval Monday and it will become law unless Democratic Governor Steve Beshear vetoes it. The bill comes as states across the country are allowing the limited use of marijuana and its products for medical purposes.</p><p>In other news from Frankfort, Kentucky drivers will not pay more in states taxes at the gas pump this summer.</p><p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he's told legislative leaders to prepare the state's two year road spending plan without the extra $107 million that would come from a 1.5 cents-per-gallon increase in the state gas tax. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:40:21 +0000 Associated Press 45934 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Come To Agreement on Snow Days http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-lawmakers-come-agreement-snow-days <p></p><p>Kentucky public school students won't have to cancel their summer vacation after state legislators agreed to relax school attendance laws following an unusually snowy winter.</p><p>House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday night to suspend the state law requiring school districts to have 170 days of classes, as long as they have at least 1,062 hours of classroom instruction.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:33:19 +0000 Associated Press 45712 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky Lawmakers Come To Agreement on Snow Days Yarmuth and Barr Bet Local Bourbon on UK-UL Game http://wkyufm.org/post/yarmuth-and-barr-bet-local-bourbon-uk-ul-game <p>The two Congressmen who represent the districts that are home to the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are betting on their basketball teams with another Kentucky tradition...bourbon.</p><p>Democratic Congressman John Yarmuth of Louisville and Republican Andy Barr of Lexington said they're wagering locally distilled Kentucky bourbon on Friday night's Sweet 16 game between the two schools, whose teams also happen to be the two most recent NCAA champions.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:15:24 +0000 Associated Press 45710 at http://wkyufm.org Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://wkyufm.org/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 44212 at http://wkyufm.org One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://wkyufm.org/post/restaurant-manager-dies-carbon-monoxide-new-york-mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 44211 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky, Tennessee Governors On State Dinner Guest List http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-tennessee-governors-state-dinner-guest-list <p>Both Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam were among the guests at the White House's state dinner honoring French president Francois Hollande Tuesday night. Beshear and his wife Jane also participated in the arrival ceremony for the French president.</p><p>Beshear said it was a wonderful opportunity for the state anytime a Governor can be in the same room with so many leaders. France is the seventh-largest consumer of Kentucky products. It's the second time in recent weeks Beshear has found himself in the Washington spotlight. He was among the guests who sat with First Lady Michelle Obama at President Obama's State of the Union speech.</p><p>Haslam last month blamed scheduling conflicts for missing a planned tarmac meeting with Obama when he visited a Nashville high school for a speech, but that didn't stop the Republican Governor from being among the 350 people at last night's glitzy affair. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:53:24 +0000 Associated Press 43717 at http://wkyufm.org Funeral Set for Mother, Eight Children Killed in Fire http://wkyufm.org/post/funeral-set-mother-eight-children-killed-fire <p>Funeral services have been set for a mother and eight of her children who died in a fire in western Kentucky last week.</p><p>Calvary Baptist Church pastor Tim Burden said the funeral is set for 2 p.m. CST Saturday at Felix E. Martin Jr. Hall at Muhlenberg County High School in Greenville.</p><p>He says country music trio The Band Perry has offered to pay for the funeral for Nikki Watson and the children and is also covering some lodging for family while the survivors, husband and father Chad Watson and 11-year-old daughter Kylie, are hospitalized.</p><p>Burden said an Owensboro homebuilder has offered to build a new home for the Watsons.</p><p>Vanderbilt University Medical Center spokeswoman Jennifer Wetzel said both the father and daughter remain in critical but stable condition. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:47:08 +0000 Associated Press 43299 at http://wkyufm.org Funeral Set for Mother, Eight Children Killed in Fire Beretta To Build New Firearms Plant in Northern Tennessee http://wkyufm.org/post/beretta-build-new-firearms-plant-northern-tennessee <p>Italian gun maker Beretta says it is building a new manufacturing and research facility in Gallatin, Tenn.<br /><br />The $45 million plant in the Sumner County is projected to create 300 new jobs.<br /><br />The family-owned company has operated in Italy since 1526. Beretta makes a variety of firearms, ranging from hunting shotguns to the U.S. Armed Forces M9 pistol.<br /><br />Several states began wooing Beretta from Maryland after the company raised objections to a wide-ranging gun control measure enacted there last year. Company officials said Wednesday that have reached capacity in Maryland, requiring the expansion elsewhere.<br />&nbsp;<br />Beretta said it plans to complete the new facility this year.<br /> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:25:47 +0000 Associated Press 43082 at http://wkyufm.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://wkyufm.org/post/boeing-machinists-approve-contract-secure-777x-work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 41995 at http://wkyufm.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work AG's Office Closing Case on Campaign Contributions http://wkyufm.org/post/ags-office-closing-case-campaign-contributions <p>The state attorney general's office has decided there's not enough evidence to bring charges against a former official in Gov. Steve Beshear's administration following an investigation into whether cabinet employees were targeted for campaign contributions.<br /><br /><a href="http://cjky.it/1gLp1co">The Courier-Journal</a> obtained a copy of the letter through an open records request. The letter from Attorney General Jack Conway's office to former Deputy Justice Cabinet Secretary Charles Geveden Sr.'s attorney said Conway's office "considers the matter closed."<br /><br />Geveden attorney Guthrie True of Frankfort said he and his client are "very pleased."<br /><br />The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has charged Geveden with violating state government's ethics code over fundraising and is scheduled to begin hearing the case Feb. 5.<br /><br />True said he doesn't believe Geveden violated the state ethics code.<br /> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:56:13 +0000 Associated Press 41493 at http://wkyufm.org