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Environment
8:26 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TN has $170K Available To Help Organic Farmers

Tennessee has $170,000 dollars available for certified organic farmers and those transitioning to organic agriculture. The money is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Organic Initiative, which helps plan and implement conservation practices that allow their organic operations to be environmentally sustainable.  Some of these practices include cover crops, nutrient and pest management and crop rotation.

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Government
8:21 am
Thu March 28, 2013

TN Senate To Hear Bill Cutting Lawmaker Allowances

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Legislation to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers is scheduled to be heard by the Senate today. The proposal sponsored by Republican Senatro Ferrell Haile would eliminate a $107-per-night hotel payment for the 33 legislators who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol. The legislation would continue to provide a $66 daily meals allowance for all lawmakers. The companion House bill passed earlier this month.

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Society
8:19 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Man's Estate Donates To Every KY Animal Shelter

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A Muhlenberg County farmer who never turned away a stray cat has left a portion of his estate to every county-run animal shelter in the state. County officials around the Commonwealth received checks earlier this month from a man they never met. Muhlenberg County dairy farmer Bland Hardison made sure all of Kentucky's 120 counties will receive a check for $1,432.47.

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Politics
8:17 am
Thu March 28, 2013

KY Employees Offer Tips That Could Save State $5.4 Million

Kentucky State government employees have offered tips that could save the Commonwealth as much as $5.4 million dollars a year. Personnel Secretary Tim Longmeyer honored 64 workers yesterday or suggestions to improve productivity and government services.

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Society
8:08 am
Wed March 27, 2013

KSP Trooper Catches Walkaway From Work Release

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Kentucky State Police say an escaped inmate was found riding as a passenger in a car stopped by police. A trooper pulled over a vehicle in Central City late yesterday afternoon and arrested Anthony Hunt, who was taken into custody without incident. Hunt was charged with second-degree jail escape. Muhlenberg County authorities said the 27-year-old walked away from the county Opportunity Center Monday while on work release. Following his capture, Hunt was taken to the Muhlenberg County Detention Center.

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Government
8:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Illinois State Police Undergoing Reaccreditation

The Illinois State Police is undergoing reaccreditation. The agency announced yesterday it will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It's their seventh assessment by the group. The force will be rated on policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. The ISP has to comply with 364 standards to maintain accreditation, which is valid for three years.

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Environment
8:21 am
Tue March 26, 2013

TN Net Regulation Changes Aimed At Asian Carp

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a change that could help fishermen catch more invasive Asian carp. Last week, the commission approved allowing wider gill net openings aimed at snaring more of the fish, which spread rapidly and crowd out native species.

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Society
8:19 am
Tue March 26, 2013

KY Man Arrested After Standing Off With Police Twice

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Kentucky State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff's Office have a man in custody who twice held off officers yesterday morning. The KSP says the incident began in Fulton when a state trooper stopped 22-year-old Joshua White for a traffic violation and discovered he was wanted for failure to appear in court. When the trooper returned to the vehicle, White drove away.

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Politics
8:08 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Lawmakers Reconvene For Last Two Days Of Session

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Kentucky lawmakers will reconvene at noon today to finish out the last two days of this year's legislative session. They face a stack of unfinished bills. Proposals include a measure to reform the state's underfunded pension system and legislation to legalize hemp farming. Lawmakers also could try to override a gubernatorial veto.

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Environment
8:03 am
Mon March 25, 2013

KY Children Healthier Than National Average

New data shows Kentucky children are healthier on average than children across the nation.  Numbers released last week by the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health show over 85% of children in the Commonwealth were in very good or excellent health for a period covering 2011-2012.

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