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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A member of the Republican leadership team in the Kentucky Senate has introduced a bill aimed at legalizing marijuana. Sen. Dan Seum said Wednesday that Kentucky should join the legalization trend flourishing elsewhere.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A cancer care executive has told a legislative panel that smoking-related diseases are causing a higher death toll in Kentucky than the epidemic from opioid overdoses. Dr. Jason Chesney, director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, says raising the state cigarette tax by at least $1 per pack would combat the "cycle of death" caused by smoking.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A budget proposal from Kentucky's Republican governor would slash transportation spending for school districts across the state. Gov. Matt Bevin wants the districts to cover 75 percent of the cost to run school buses. Right now, districts pay for 42 percent of the cost. Bevin said the cuts were necessary so the state could spend billions of dollars keeping the state retirement system solvent. Kentucky Association of School Superintendents Tom Shelton says the proposal would devastate districts.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's "adoption czar" has left Gov. Matt Bevin's administration seven months into his appointment, without explanation. The Courier-Journal reported Monday that a spokesman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said the state contract with Daniel Dumas has been terminated. He provided more details. Dumas was criticized for his lack of professional social service experience and his $250,000 a year salary. He reported directly to the Republican governor.

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