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Labor leaders and progressive economists hailed President Obama’s call, in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, to increase and index the federal minimum wage. [The Nation]

Concerns by environmental representatives persuaded the Administrative Regulations and Review Subcommittee Monday to defer a new regulation proposed by the Cabinet for Energy and Environment on discharges of selenium into Kentucky streams. [Ronnie Ellis]

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who gave the Republican response to the State of The Union Tuesday, came out in opposition to minimum wage laws Wednesday, following President Barack Obama’s proposal in Tuesday night’s address to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour. [HuffPo]

Here’s John Yarmuth’s response to the State of the Union: “Tonight, the President offered a compelling vision to build on our nation’s economic progress through continued investments that will strengthen our middle class. Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, revitalizing manufacturing, and providing the next generation with access to a high-quality education are not only critical to the Louisville economy – they are vital to the future of Louisville families.” [Press Release]

Increasingly, people are continuing to work past 65. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are working, and among those older than 75, about 7 percent are still on the job. [NPR]

In years past, we have celebrated or analyzed the transparency, ethics, and money-in-politics themes from State of the Union addresses. This year, there’s not much to talk about. [Sunlight Foundation]

He says without his snakes that he’s not obeying the word of God. A Kentucky pastor is fighting to get back his snakes after police in Tennessee confiscated them. [WKYT]

Shortly after an internal AP memo banning the use of the words “husband” and “wife” for legally-wed gay couples was leaked, AP changed its story – they think they fixed the problem. They most certainly did not. [AmericaBlog]

More than 50 state lawmakers sent Gov. Steve Beshear a letter Tuesday asking him to clarify that Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer wasn’t speaking for the administration when he told Pure Politics he favors certain gun control measures. [Ryan Alessi]

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit “even worse” than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term. [HuffPo]

Former state senate candidate James Noll was arrested early Wednesday on driving under the influence and three other charges. [Cincinnasti Enquirer]

Retail sales barely rose in January as tax increases and higher gasoline prices restrained spending, suggesting the economy got little help from consumers at the start of the year. [Reuters]