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Drivers will need to maintain a three-foot buffer when they pass bicyclists, health educators will be required to teach sex abstinence in public schools and sweeping changes to Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system are all included in new state laws that go into effect on Saturday.

New laws take effect 90 days after the state legislature adjourns unless they have a special effective date or have an emergency clause — which would make them effective immediately.

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A sweeping bill that would overhaul Kentucky’s foster care and adoption system is nearing final passage in the state legislature.

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Called the “invisible victims” of the heroin epidemic, children of addicts are suffering as their parents use and sometimes overdose. 

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Friday is a special day for Miami Township (Clermont County) Fire Chief Steve Kelly and the other 400,000 people adopted in Ohio between 1964 and 1996.

Until now their adoption records have been sealed, and even such drastic measures as petitioning the court couldn't get them opened.  March 20 is the first day adoptees can officially request their adoption records from the Ohio Department of Health, thanks to a change in Ohio law.