1:06pm: The polls are open in Florida for a primary that Mitt Romney hopes will give him a stronger hand in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Romney is heavily favored in Florida, and it’s a pivotal contest, in a month of high-stakes elections.

1:12pm: Meth is a serious problem here in Kentucky. It’s also become the single biggest drug threat in the Central Valley of California. Out there, isolated tracts of farmland are an ideal place to hide meth labs from authorities. And from 2009 to 2010, meth busts in the Central Valley more than tripled. We’ll assess the severity of the problem there.

1:35pm: The Kentucky Distiller’s Association has appointed its first-ever Bourbon Trail Manager to improve the experience of trail visitors. The trail includes six distilleries and has seen a surge in popularity over the last decade; the popularity coincides with a national increase in the production—and consumption—of bourbon. To adapt, the trail has introduced new ways to connect visitors with the history and spectacle of distilling. And that will also be the job of the new manager, Adam Johnson. WFPL’s Devin Katayama spoke with Johnson, who says he’ll help develop ways to expand interest in this Kentucky staple.

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Yonts Says Tighter Prescription Controls Would Enhance His Anti-Meth Bill

by Gabe Bullard January 18, 2012

The sponsor of a bill aimed at fighting meth in Kentucky says his proposal will be more effective if the state increases regulations around prescription drugs. Representative Brent Yonts has introduced a bill that requires anyone who has been convicted of a meth-related crime to have a prescription to buy cold medicines that contain the […]

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Fight Over Pseudoephedrine Renewed in Kentucky State Senate

by Kenny Colston January 9, 2012

The fight over making pseudoephedrine available only by prescription is heating up again in the Kentucky legislature. The state Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take up the bill on Thursday morning. Last week, senators made passionate speeches on the chamber floor in favor of the bill. The idea is supported by most of Senate […]

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Republican Senator Calls Out Peers Over Pseudoephedrine Bill

by Kenny Colston January 5, 2012

A push to crack down on drug abuse in Kentucky’ has re-opened old disputes in the state Senate. Governor Steve Beshear has promised to propose comprehensive anti-drug legislation this session. One Republican senator, Robert Stivers of Manchester, says he agrees with the governor’s plan, but wants to add one provision. Stivers wants a bill that would make […]

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Effectiveness of Meth Bill Proposal Questioned

by Devin Katayama November 25, 2011

A new bill that has been pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature for next year would block convicted methamphetamine offenders from buying key meth ingredients without a prescription, but not everyone is convinced the proposed law would be effective. State Representative Brent Yonts, D-15, has introduced legislation that would create a drug offender database that would […]

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Bill Requiring Prescriptions for Cold Medicines Would Only Apply to Certain Convicts

by admin November 22, 2011

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio A Kentucky state lawmaker has pre-filed legislation that would require a prescription for cold and allergy medicines, but it would only apply to convicted meth offenders. Many over-the-counter cold remedies contain pseudoephedrine, an ingredient used to make meth. Democratic Representative Brent Yonts wants to create a block list for […]

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Meth Debate Picks Up as General Assembly Nears

by Gabe Bullard October 7, 2011

State lawmakers heard a variety of opinions on how to limit methamphetamine production today. The number of meth labs in Kentucky has been increasing for years. The drug manufacturer group Consumer Healthcare Products told the Joint Committee on the Judiciary the state should create a database of people who have been convicted of meth-related crimes. […]

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Anti-Meth Bill Could Still Pass, Despite Stall

by Gabe Bullard March 7, 2011

The measure would make over-the-counter drugs that contain the meth ingredient and decongestant pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only. It’s faced harsh criticism from lawmakers who say it places more strain on the uninsured and won’t significantly stop meth production.

But, Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers says he won’t take the bill off the board until the end of the legislative session. That’s despite statements from the bill’s sponsor conceding defeat on the legislation.

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Anti-Meth Bill Unlikely to Pass, Supporters Plan to Try Again

by Gabe Bullard March 3, 2011

The bill would make certain cold medicines that contain the meth ingredient pseudoephedrine available by prescription-only. Supporters, such as Louisville Metro Police Sergeant Stan Salyards, say they’ll push for it again next year because it’s the only way to stop meth.

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Drug Czar Weighs In On Meth, Prescription Drug Abuse In Kentucky

by Gabe Bullard February 22, 2011

Florida Governor Rick Scott has proposed cutting a program that would track prescription drugs in his state. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have asked Scott to reconsider.

Office of National Drug Control Policy director—or Drug Czar—Gil Kerlikowske says Florida needs to fight the prescription drug trade, since pills from that state are sold and abused in Kentucky and elsewhere.

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