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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky agriculture officials say the application period has opened for people wanting to participate next year in the state's hemp research pilot program. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says his goal is to expand and strengthen the pilot program to put hemp on a path toward commercialization.

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pine Mountain State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky is planning a two-day workshop for people wanting to learn about fly fishing. The Fly Fishing Weekend events are set for Nov. 11-12.

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the beating death of a 7-week-old boy. Attorney General Andy Beshear's office announced Wednesday that 25-year-old Cody Jene Phelps was sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter charge and five years for each of the criminal abuse charges.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's Republican leaders say they will close the state's troubled pension system for most new employees, offering them a 401(k)-style plan as they seek to stop the bleeding on one of the country's worst funded public retirement plans. Kentucky is one of many states struggling to pay retirement benefits. In June, Moody's found the unfunded obligations for all public employees to be $4 trillion.

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