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Governor Steve Beshear has signed into law a plan to save employers from federal unemployment insurance tax hikes. At his first ceremonial bill signing of the year, Beshear praised lawmakers and the business and labor communities for reaching a compromise.

The Amish are now exempt from a longstanding requirement that they attach orange signs to their horse-drawn buggies.  Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows the Amish to use white or silver reflective tape on their buggies rather than the traditional slow-moving-vehicle emblems that they rejected to on religious grounds. 

Governor Beshear and the sponsors of a bill that could save employers millions of dollars in federal unemployment insurance taxes have scheduled a press conference this afternoon in Frankfort.

A commission tasked with coming up with elements of a new tax code for Kentucky held its second meeting in Frankfort Tuesday. The group is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and is made up of business leaders from across the state.

A WKU political analyst says voters should brace themselves for a rough general election battle this fall. Political Science Professor Scott Lasley says with Rick Santorum out of the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and President Obama can focus on something they had already started to do—blaming the other person’s ideology for the current condition of the economy.

Rick Santorum says he is "suspending" his presidential campaign. At a news conference this afternoon in Gettysburg, the former Pennsylvania Senator said his White House run "is over for me." Today's move all but ensures Mitt Romney will become the GOP contender against President Obama this fall. NPR will have details about Santorum's move and the fallout in upcoming newscasts, and during All Things Considered, from 3-6pm central time.

Governor Steve Beshear has signed more bills that passed the General Assembly this session. Lawmakers will return to Frankfort Thursday to try and override any potential vetoes, but so far, the governor hasn’t vetoed anything. He has, however, approved more than a dozen bills since lawmakers left Frankfort late last month.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has opened its first office in Kentucky. The Bluegrass State has never been a priority for the president, not in his 2008 bid and not now. But spokesman Frank Benenati says the president is serious about competing in all fifty states.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign will open its first office in Kentucky this weekend.  The Obama campaign will hold an open house at its new Louisville office Saturday afternoon. 

Governor Mitch Daniels has built a national image as a fiscal manager with an eye for detail, but two massive accounting errors that have tilted Indiana's books by more than half-a-billion dollars threaten to tarnish that reputation as the Republican governor prepares to leave office.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is blasting the White House over remarks made by President Obama regarding the Supreme Court's health care law hearings. During a speech Thursday to the Rotary Club of Lexington, Senator McConnell said the President crossed "a dangerous line this week."

Kentucky’s junior US Senator says he regrets the Bluegrass State doesn’t have a more high-profile role in the ongoing GOP presidential primary. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul says he wouldn’t be opposed to seeing if Kentucky could move up on the primary calendar.

Efforts to allow hemp production appear to be growing in Kentucky despite the defeat of another legalization effort this year in the General Assembly. State senator Joey Pendleton has repeatedly introduced hemp legalization bills in an effort to restore a crop that decades ago was a major industry in Kentucky. 

A bill to create a scholarship fund to help students from coal mining counties in Kentucky finish their education is once again in limbo. House Bill 260 would create a fund to give scholarships to college juniors and seniors who finish their degrees at schools in coal-producing counties.

A California Solar Energy company that had been touted by the Obama Administration as the world's largest solar power plant has filed for bankruptcy. U-S Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky says the situation is raising more questions about the energy companies the President has tried to help. The lawmaker from Bowling Green told WKU Public Radio, "He's for solar panels, as long as his friends build the solar panels, so I think there are some real problems here. "

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