Kentuckians favor hemp, medical marijuana

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Most Kentuckians want to legalize industrial hemp and medical marijuana, while fewer than half favor legalizing recreational marijuana use, a poll showed.

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FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- A Kentucky interim legislative committee has overwhelmingly rejected a measure banning anti-bleeding drugs for horses on the day they race.

India to get coal from Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 17 (UPI) -- New Jersey-based FJS Energy LLC signed a $7 million deal with India's Abhijeet Group to purchase coal from Kentucky and West Virginia, Kentucky's Governor Steve Beshear announced.
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No matter how loudly Republicans maintain they're going to repeal healthcare reform, with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on its constitutionality behind us, it's time for states to begin implementing one of the law's signature provisions: setting up insurance exchanges for those who have to buy health insurance on their own.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International

Neo-Nazi group allowed to gather in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky., April 12 (UPI) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear upheld a neo-Nazi group's constitutional right to hold a rally at the State Capitol.
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INDIANAPOLIS, March 3 (UPI) -- Rescue crews Saturday searched the ruins of small towns in southern Indiana and along country roads looking for survivors of devastating tornadoes.

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'Marrying Man' returns to magistrate job

COVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 28 (UPI) -- A Kentucky man who became known as "The Marrying Man" after presiding over more than 20,000 weddings has been reappointed as a county magistrate.

Overreaching bites back

Memo to political candidates, ballot issue backers and others involved in the 2012 U.S. general election: Don't mistake overreaching for a political mandate. Those voters will get ya every time.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Voters reject collective-bargaining limits

Voters Tuesday rejected an Ohio collective bargaining law and a Mississippi anti-abortion measure and recalled the writer of Arizona's anti-immigration law.
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Democratic Gov. Beshear carrying Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Democrat Steve Beshear led by 26 percentage points Tuesday with about half the votes counted in his bid for a second term as Kentucky governor.
Election Day 2011 may yield clues to 2012

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Voters Tuesday decided, among other things, whether to repeal Ohio's new collective bargaining law and whether to pass Mississippi's personhood amendment.
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Ky. governor welcomes biblical theme park

Ky. governor welcomes biblical theme park

FRANKFORT, Ky., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A biblical theme park sponsored by Answers in Genesis will give an economic boost to northern Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday.

Radio host Cucinello dead at age 43

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Radio talk show host Francene Cucinello, who hosted a show in Louisville, Ky., died of a heart attack and brain aneurysm at the age of 43, her family said.

Judge: Ky. gov must testify in person

COVINGTON, Ky., May 27 (UPI) -- Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear must testify in person at the bid-rigging trial of former state Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert, a federal judge says.
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Steve Beshear
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear watches the Louisville Cardinals take on the Connecticut Huskies in the championship game of the Women's Final Four at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 7, 2009. Connecticut won the game 76-54 and the National Chasmpionship. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Steven Lynn "Steve" Beshear (born September 21, 1944) is the 61st and current Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Elected in 2007, Beshear previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1979, was the state's Attorney General from 1980 to 1983, and was Lieutenant Governor from 1983 to 1987. Beshear's term expires in 2011, and he is seeking re-election. His running mate for the 2011 gubernatorial election will be former Louisville mayor Jerry Abramson; Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo opted to enter the 2010 Senate race instead of seeking re-election.

After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1968, Beshear briefly practiced law in New York before returning to Kentucky and being elected to the state legislature, where he gained a reputation as a consumer advocate. He parlayed that reputation into a term as attorney general, serving under Governor John Y. Brown, Jr. As attorney general, Beshear issued a controversial opinion that copies of the Ten Commandments would have to be removed from the walls of the state's classrooms in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Stone v. Graham. He also clashed with first lady Phyllis George Brown over charging the state's citizens an admission fee to view the renovated governor's mansion. In 1983, Beshear was elected lieutenant governor in the administration of Governor Martha Layne Collins. His most significant action in this capacity was the formation of the Kentucky Tomorrow Commission, a panel charged with making recommendations for the future of the state.

Beshear's rapid political rise was brought to an abrupt halt when he finished third in the five-way Democratic gubernatorial primary in 1987. Beshear's campaign sparring with former Governor Brown, the second-place finisher in the primary, opened the door for political novice Wallace Wilkinson's well-financed campaign to achieve a come-from-behind upset in the race. For the next 20 years, Beshear practiced law at a Lexington law firm. His only foray into politics during this period was his unsuccessful challenge to Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996. In 2007, however, Beshear was drawn back into politics by the vulnerability of incumbent Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher, whose administration was the subject of a protracted investigation by Attorney General Greg Stumbo because of alleged violations of the state's merit system. Beshear emerged from a six-way Democratic primary – largely on the strength of his pledge to bring expanded casino gambling to Kentucky – and defeated Fletcher in the 2007 gubernatorial election. So far, Beshear's opposition in the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate has prevented him from delivering on his gambling proposal, and an economic recession has largely kept him from addressing other priorities of his administration.

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