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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.