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But veterinarians, animal welfare activists and the state Department of Fisheries and Wildlife oppose the measure, saying it could lead to the spread of rabies. Some people also say it is cruel to have dogs chase coyotes to exhaustion or death.
"It's just terrifying and it stresses them and they don't meet with a very humane end," said Pam Rogers, Kentucky legislative coordinator for Humane Society of the United States. "They're going to probably be torn apart by the dogs."
Deborah Stillwell, whose 12-year-old son, John, was seriously injured in an ATV accident, praised the bill's passage.
John was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into a church signpost in Taylor County last August. He suffered a brain injury and a fractured skull, a broken leg and three crushed vertebrae.
But the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jim Gooch, D-Providence, said a law might prompt more parents to make their children wear them.
"If this law can save one parent from having a child who is brain-injured or killed, " Gooch said, "I think this law will have been worth it."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After motorist T. Allen Morgan got a speeding ticket in Coopertown - a town known for its heavy-handed traffic enforcement - he tried to pay his ticket like a good citizen.
But he added a little note on his check which angered Mayor Danny Crosby. The mayor refused to accept the check, sparking the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation Monday.
Crosby told Morgan that he had to either write another check that didn't have the words "for speed trap" written in bold letters or face the charges in traffic court.
"As mayor of this city, if I accept that check from that gentleman, I'm admitting we run a speed trap, and that's a bald-faced lie," Crosby said Tuesday.
Coopertown lies about 20 miles northwest of Nashville on a state highway used by motorists to travel between interstates 24 and 65. The town generates nearly 30 percent of its revenue from traffic tickets.
I'M trying. I've been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I'm looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can't find it.
Maybe actually being on the ground in Iraq prevents me from seeing it. Perhaps the view's clearer from Manhattan. It could be that my background as an intelligence officer didn't give me the right skills.
A bill that would eliminate the option of voting a straight party ticket with one selection has been introduced in the Kentucky House, but backers say the measure's outcome is uncertain.
Kentucky is one of 17 states, most of them in the South or the Rust Belt, whose ballots offer a straight-ticket option.