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Education
7:23 am
Mon February 3, 2014

TN Board Changes Stance On Licensing

The Tennessee Board of Education has changed its stance on rules effecting the licensing of teachers.

In August, the board voted for the policy brought by the state Education Department to use student growth measured through standardized test scores, or value-added data, to determine renewing teaching licenses. The board voted at the time to delay implementation of the new rules until 2015.

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Government
7:18 am
Fri January 31, 2014

IL Starts Collecting Taxes

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The state of Illinois is now accepting and processing tax returns. The Illinois Department of Revenue is urging taxpayers to file their returns electronically.

Officials say last year 80% of taxpayers filed electronically and many received refunds through direct deposit in about a week.

Once federal returns are filed, taxpayers have several options for filing state returns.

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Government
7:16 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Cybersecurity Bill Sails Through KY House

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The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at requiring government agencies to notify people when cyberthieves steal personal information from government computers.

The measure heads to the Senate after sailing through the House yesterday. State Auditor Adam Edelen praised the House action and urged the Senate to pass the bill.

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Business
7:15 am
Fri January 31, 2014

PSC Approves Agreement On Sebree Smelter

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved agreements that Century Aluminum of Kentucky says are necessary to keep operating its smelter.

The agreements allow the smelter to be supplied power purchased on the open market by Kenergy Corp. rather than power generated by Big Rivers Electric Corp.

The PSC said in its order yesterday that the agreements are substantially the same as those it approved in August for the Century smelter in Hawesville. 

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Business
6:59 am
Fri January 31, 2014

KY House Panel OKs Bill To Raise Minimum Wage

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A bill aimed at raising Kentucky’s minimum wage has cleared a state House committee.

The measure is one of House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s top priorities. He says the current minimum wage doesn't provide a living wage.

Stumbo says full-time employees working at minimum wage make less than the average cost of a used car in the U.S. The House Labor and Industry Committee approved the bill yesterday.

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Government
7:16 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Quinn Calls For More Worker Sick Days

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants every worker in Illinois to have the chance to get at least two sick days. The Democrat raised the issue yesterday during his annual State of the State address.

Quinn says 43% of all workers in Illinois don't have one sick day, which represents more than 2.5 million people.

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Business
7:14 am
Thu January 30, 2014

TN Senate To Vote On Wine Bill

The Tennessee Senate is scheduled to vote this morning on whether to allow local governments to hold referendums on selling wine in supermarkets and convenience stores.

The measure is poised for a floor vote after the companion bill was revived in the House this week. 

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Education
7:13 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Report Gives TN High Marks In Teacher Reforms

Tennessee is among three states receiving high marks for their teacher policies. The National Council on Teacher Quality graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Tennessee, Louisiana and Rhode Island all received a B.

The highest grade was Florida with a B-plus.

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Politics
7:11 am
Thu January 30, 2014

KY Senate Panel OKs Constitutional Amendment Restricting Governor's Power

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Senate Republicans in Kentucky have started pushing one of their top priorities — a proposed ballot measure seeking to put restrictions on the governor's power to issue administrative regulations.

The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the Senate State and Local Government Committee on a 7-4 party-line vote yesterday.

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Education
7:09 am
Thu January 30, 2014

KY House Passes School Accountability Bill

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The Kentucky House voted to strengthen accountability standards for public school districts in the wake of financial misdeeds among some school officials.

The measure requires school finance officers to make monthly reports to local school boards and provide an annual report to the state Education Department.

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