- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Comer says Ky. will have hemp crop this year

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner predicted Wednesday that a small hemp crop will be planted this year in a state where the crop flourished until losing its legitimacy long ago due to its family ties to marijuana.

Congress took another step toward finishing work on a federal farm bill that includes language allowing the startup of pilot hemp-growing programs. The U.S. has a fast-growing hemp market, importing millions of dollars worth of legal products each year.

The U.S. House passed the farm bill Wednesday with the hemp provision intact, sending it to the Senate. Kentucky’s senior senator, Mitch McConnell, played a key role in inserting hemp language into the legislation.

In Kentucky, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said his department is hashing out issues, including how many hemp-growing licenses it would issue if the farm bill becomes law with the hemp provision.

Hemp was historically used for rope but has hundreds of other uses: clothing and mulch from the fiber, foods such as hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, and creams, soap and lotions.

Comer, a Republican who has championed the hemp movement in Kentucky, predicted the crop’s comeback will become a reality - completing its journey from the political fringe into the mainstream.


Police: Man surrenders in 2007 insulin overdose

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A certified medical technician is in the Louisville jail charged with murder in the death of a nursing home patient who died of an insulin overdose almost seven years ago.

Louisville Police Sgt. Donny Burbrink says 34-year-old David Satterfield called detectives on Monday and said he wanted to admit to giving the fatal injection to 86-year-old Marcelline Katherine Sommer Vale in July 2007.

Through a jail spokeswoman, Satterfield declined an interview request from The Associated Press on Wednesday. A judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf during an initial appearance on Tuesday. He is being held on $50,000 cash bond.

Burbrink says detectives are now combing through Satterfield’s past in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida to see if there are any other similar incidents.


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