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8:40 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Two Placed On Leave In Farmer Ethics Probe

Credit Ed Reinke / AP

Two people charged in an ethics probe involving former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer have been placed on leave while the investigation continues.

Farmer's sister, Rhonda Monroe, and deputy Agriculture Commissioner Bruce Harper were among seven people charged along with Farmer on Monday of ethics violations. They each face three counts. Monroe holds the position of assistant executive director in the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Politics
8:30 am
Wed March 20, 2013

ILL Government Workers Approve New Contract

Illinois state government workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees have voted to approve a three-year contract. AFSCME Council 31 officials announced Tuesday evening that its 35,000 members approved the agreement reached late February after 15 months of negotiating with Governor Pat Quinn.

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Government
8:28 am
Wed March 20, 2013

TN Veteran Seeks To Limit Police Drones

Credit NOAA

Tennessee lawmakers are preparing to take up a measure that would restrict police agencies in the state from using unmanned drone aircraft. It's a hot topic both in Congress and on the state level as technology has outpaced regulations on the domestic use of remotely piloted aircraft.

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Society
8:25 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Kentucky Fire Commission Urging Safety

The Kentucky Fire Commission is urging people across the Commonwealth to install smoke detectors after several fatal blazes. Kentucky Fire Commission Executive Director Ronnie Day says the use of smoke detectors alerts residents to danger and gives them more time to escape before they’re overcome by smoke or trapped by flames.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:04 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Tennessee House Strips Student IDs from Voting Bill

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A Tennessee House committee has stripped student identification cards issued by public universities from a bill about photo IDs that can be used to vote. Tuesday's change comes less than a week after the full Senate passed the bill allowing student IDs 21-8. Republican Rep. Jeremy Durham of Franklin made the change, arguing that "there's a public policy good in making sure that the right people are voting."

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Government
8:18 am
Tue March 19, 2013

ILL Lottery Private Manager Short On Profits

Illinois officials say the state lottery's private operator faces a $20 million penalty because it fell $66 million short of its promised profits. Authorities said yesterday Northstar Lottery Group promised to generate $823 million in net income in fiscal 2012, but brought in $757 million.

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Government
8:16 am
Tue March 19, 2013

TDOT Announces New Office To Work With Cities

Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says his agency's new Office of Community Transportation is aimed at better coordinating transportation planning statewide. Schroer announced the office’s formation yesterday. He says the state wants to increase collaboration between TDOT and cities across Tennessee.

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Politics
8:14 am
Tue March 19, 2013

TN College Nondiscrimination Ban Passed By House

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The Tennessee House has passed a bill to bar public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups. The bill sponsored by Republican Representative Mark Pody passed on a 75-21 vote yesterday. The bill does not include private institutions like Vanderbilt University, a provision that caused Republican Governor Bill Haslam to veto last year's version.

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Government
8:13 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Traffic Expected On New Ledbetter Bridge In Mid-Summer

Credit lanereport.com

Kentucky transportation officials say the new U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge will likely be ready for traffic by mid-summer. Transportation Cabinet chief engineer Jim LeFevre says the new bridge at Ledbetter is still on track to open well ahead of schedule. He says workers are making preparations to pour a deck on the new bridge's main truss span.

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Business
7:55 am
Mon March 18, 2013

CSX Train Derails In Western Kentucky, No Injuries

Emergency officials say a CSX train derailed in Hopkins County Saturday afternoon blocking a road, but nothing was spilled and no one was injured.  When responders arrived at the scene near Morton’s Gap, they found 14 cars overturned, including one tanker.

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