Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. -  A bill to keep illegal immigrants from getting welfare benefits in Kentucky is on its way to the Senate.  The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday by a unanimous vote.

LOS ANGELES - HBO says it is cancelling its horse racing series "Luck'' following the death of a third horse during the production of the series that starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Workers at a Campbellsville factory that makes T-shirts for U.S. soldiers won't have to fear losing their jobs to prisoners.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said he has received notification that Federal Prison Industries won't bid on the military contract now held by Campbellsville Apparel.

McConnell called that  "another great victory'' for Kentucky workers.

VERSAILLES, Ky. -  Zenyatta, the Horse of the Year who won 19 of 20 races during her stellar career, has given birth for the first time.

 LOUISVILLE, Ky.  - President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area in Kentucky, releasing federal funding for people in seven counties affected by last week's tornadoes and severe storms.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Governor's Prayer Breakfast is being held Tuesday in Frankfort, an annual event since 1965.

The William Cooper Award is presented during the event. The governor's office says the award is given to a person or people who work in service to others with a motivation of faith and leaving a lasting impact.

NEW YORK - A new website created by The Jockey Club allows racetracks to publish their statistics on injuries or fatalities to horses.

The website, announced Monday, will include statistics from 15 North American tracks, including New York's three major tracks and two of California's three biggest tracks, along with Keeneland in Kentucky.

Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.

The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.

This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.

LEXINGTON, Ky.  Darius Miller hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and Kentucky beat Georgia 79-49 on Thursday night to extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 52 games.

"We all had it going. We all had a lot of fun tonight," Miller said. "I think that's how it should be in our last home game."

Kentucky (29-1, 15-0 Southeastern Conference) made an emphatic statement in its final game at Rupp Arena this season with an offensive flurry that nearly equaled the furious defensive effort the Wildcats have given all season.

 FRANKFORT, Ky.  The House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he doesn't expect a lot of changes from Gov. Steve Beshear's original budget proposal presented to lawmakers in January.

Beshear's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies.

The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee is expected tovote on the budget on Tuesday. The measure could then be considered by the full House on Wednesday.

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