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4:31 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Financial Straits

Frankfort, KY – An attempt to block an early release program for state prison inmates has now reached the Kentucky Supreme Court. Assistant Attorney General Hays Lawson argues a lower court ruling allowing the program to continue should be reversed. Another lower court ordered the program stopped. But Justice Mary Noble questions whether the courts should even be questioning legislative intent.
"Doesn't the act itself basically, if not say outright, clearly imply that, look, this is for now emergency thing and we're doing it to save money because we're in financial straits."

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4:29 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Parole Credits

Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has heard oral arguments regarding a hotly-debated early release program for state prison inmates. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh was in the courtroom.
Seven thousand Kentucky prison inmates and parolees are now free under the early release program, which is based on parole credits. Efforts by the attorney general to block the program reached the supreme court, where this exchange occurred between Chief Justice John Minton and Assistant Attorney General Hays Lawson.

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Newscasts
3:56 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

The 404 Newscast on August 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, Ky – The 404 Newscast on August 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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Afternoon Stock Report
3:51 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

The Afternoon Stock Report on August 19, 2009. From WKMS.

Murray, Ky – The Afternoon Stock Report on August 19, 2009. From WKMS.

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Regional Headlines
3:37 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Crittenden School Board Votes on Tax Hike

Marion, KY – The Crittenden County Board of Education plans to vote on a proposed 1 and a half cent property tax increase. The increase would help off-set a state funding deficit. The Crittenden Press reports, if approved, this would be the third tax increase in three years. The board meets later this month.

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Regional Headlines
3:23 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

Shemwell Denied Parole

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Newscasts
2:37 pm
Wed August 19, 2009

The 104 Newscast on August 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

Murray, Ky – The 104 Newscast on August 19, 2009. From the WKMS News Team.

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11:30 am
Wed August 19, 2009

A Milestone at Kentucky Dam

Gilbertsville, KY – The waiting is the hardest part. Beginning at six this morning, hundreds of people have gathered at the Kentucky lock and dam to watch the last major milestone of the Kentucky Lock Addition Railroad Project. Jacque Day brings us this report from the event.

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The Economy Project
10:29 am
Wed August 19, 2009

IL Law to Boost Demand for Locally Grown Food

Springfield, IL – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law yesterday designed to increase demand for locally grown food. It sets up a system in which state agencies would purchase 20 percent of their food from local sources by 2020.

Those who buy food for state facilities and programs would be allowed to pay 10 percent more than the lowest bid if they're buying locally grown produce. Quinn used Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair as a backdrop to sign the measure.

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Regional Headlines
10:03 am
Wed August 19, 2009

Boaz appointed commonwealth attorney

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