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‘Pill mill’ bill still in works
BEST Doctors’ group, others maneuvering to shape prescription measure
By Mike Wynn
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Proponents and
critics of a bill that takes aim at illegal pill
mills and prescription drug abuse in Kentucky jockeyed for influence Friday over
final provisions in the measure as this
year’s legislative session winds to a close.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney Gen-
eral Jack Conway aligned with key lawmakers in a bipartisan effort to call for
passage of House Bill 4 on the final day of
the session Thursday — usually reserved
for consideration of bills vetoed by the
The governor’s office distributed a
news release with statements of support
from Beshear, Conway, Senate Majority
Leader Robert Stivers, a Manchester Republican; Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon
Since a string of
tornadoes killed 35
people in the region,
West Liberty, Ky., has
of Lebanon; Democratic Rep. John Tilley
of Hopkinsville; and House Speaker Greg
Stumbo, a Prestonsburg Democrat who is
sponsoring the bill.
“Every day that we delay strengthening our response to prescription drug
abuse is another opportunity for a Kentuckian to fall victim to this devastating
scourge,” Beshear said.
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Pro wrestling has become
the avenue for an Iraq war
amputee trying to live out
a dream and
Sunday News A1
Dollars & Sense
columnist Melissa Poore
tells how organizing
your coupons can help
ring up the savings.
Sunday Features E1
By Peter Smith
A bar mitzvah trip to
Hungary helps a
Louisville father and
son bond with each
other and embrace
Sunday Features E1
Michael Hayes, who lost a leg during an attack in Iraq in 2006, competes last month at
Ohio Valley Wrestling. ANGELA SHOEMAKER/SPECIAL TO THE COURIER-JOURNAL
Employers add jobs, but
number is disappointing
Louisville Ballet will
celebrate its 60th
choreography by ballet
Bruzina to original
music by Ben Sollee.
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By Kevin G. Hall
WASHINGTON — A sharp slowdown
in hiring during March, reported Friday
by the Labor Department, renewed concern that the U.S. economy still isn’t firing on all cylinders.
Employers added a fewer-than-expected 120,000 jobs last month, about
half as many as anticipated, the Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported.
Still, the unemployment rate ticked
down a tenth of a point to 8.2 percent —
due to a decline in the number of people
looking for jobs — adding to the confu-
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See JOBS, Page A2
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sion greeting the March numbers.
The numbers contradicted several
recent positive economic reports, but
also came as the prices of crude oil and
gasoline soared. Oil prices jumped almost $2 on Thursday to settle at $103.31
a barrel ahead of the Easter weekend. A
gallon of gasoline averaged $3.936 on
Friday, up from $3.761 a month ago.
The question is whether March’s
weak jobs report is the start of a trend.
“Despite the disappointing numbers
for March, I continue to expect a job
gain of close to 2 million this year and an
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Hundreds in the crowd chanted his
name, pounding the risers with their feet.
The stocky, 209-pound Michael Hayes stood
in the ring, his trunks and prosthetic left leg
sporting a matched set of green and brown
Hayes’ rival, Mohamad Ali Vaez, with the
chiseled physique of a personal trainer and
a dramatic cascade of wavy hair, got the
best of Hayes in the early going of their
March 3 bout at the Davis Arena in Newburg — a warehouse-turned-staging area
for Ohio Valley Wrestling, Louisville’s main
venue for professional wrestling, with all its
bombast and theatrics.
Vaez launched a rapid set of jabs,
trapped Hayes against the ropes, staggered
him to the mat with a deafening clang and
put him in a headlock.
This being professional wrestling, it was
all theatrics among real-life friends. But as
Hayes staggered and writhed, looking
punch-drunk and dazed, he could have been
drawing on his recent past — maybe that
day in Iraq, Aug. 4, 2006 — when he lay in
flames, wounded by an improvised explosive device that killed three others in his armored personnel carrier.
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