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FRANKFORT, Ky. —Patients in hospitals, nursing homes and hospice centers could soon be exempted from rules intended to make it more difficult for addicts to get painkillers in Kentucky. The House Judiciary Committee voted 15-0 on Monday to approve changes to a year-old law that was intended to crack down on widespread prescription drug abuse in a state where more people are dying from overdoses than car crashes. By Roger Alford.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state Senate on Monday overwhelmingly passed a nullification bill that would prohibit Kentucky from enforcing new federal gun control laws if they're enacted, despite concerns about the bill's constitutionality. The vote was 34-3. Three of the Senate's 14 Democrats voted no, stating that the measure would be trumped by the U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause. By Ben Finley.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawmakers won't pursue a 6 percent tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up Kentucky's financially troubled pension system for government retirees. House Speaker Greg Stumbo said that idea was rejected out of concern that a tax might have stifled sales of lottery tickets that generate money for education programs in Kentucky. By Roger Alford.
MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOOD
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it. A report released Monday by the Army Corps said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system was operated as it was designed to work and was mostly successful in fighting the flood along most of the nation's most important inland waterway. By Adrian Sainz.
WASHINGTON — One of the largest U.S. electricity producers will stop burning coal at two of its power plants and make deeper pollution cuts at more than a dozen others under a legal settlement reached with the Environmental Protection Agency, eight states and several environmental groups. American Electric Power agreed late Friday in federal court in Columbus, Ohio, to retire or switch to natural gas two coal-burning units at the Muskingum River power plant in Ohio and the Tanners Creek power plant in Indiana by the end of 2015. By Dina Cappiello.
FORT CAMPBELL BOOSTERS
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A group that supports Fort Campbell will be in Washington as automatic budget cuts loom. Citizens for Fort Campbell makes a yearly trip to support the military community around the U.S. Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — There's an upward trend in bank robberies in the southern Kentucky city of Bowling Green.
ERLANGER, Ky. — A northern Kentucky group that supports recovering drug addicts has restarted after dissolving a few years ago, and its members are headed to Frankfort next week to start lobbying. The group is the northern Kentucky chapter of People Advocating Recovery. PAR is a statewide organization that works to eliminate the barriers to recovery from addition.
STUDENTS INJURED — A Louisville school spokesman says eight students were taken to a hospital after they complained of minor injuries when a city bus collided with their school bus.
SHERIFF'S PATROLS — The Laurel County Sheriff's Office has begun a program to patrol homes where owners are away.
BUNGEE BRIDGE — A former railroad bridge spanning the Kentucky River in central Kentucky will become a haven for bungee jumpers.
ROOF REPAIR SCAM — A man has been given three to four years in prison for bilking homeowners out of thousands of dollars in a roof repair scam.
LEXINGTON FIRE — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a weekend fire in Lexington that has displaced nine people.
OHIO RIVER BRIDGES — A bidder who claims to have submitted the best deal for the downtown portion of the Ohio River Bridges project has had its challenge denied by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
SCOUT COOKIES-THEFT — Police in Erlanger say a man stole about $70 from Girl Scouts who were selling cookies in a supermarket parking lot.