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8:02 am
Tue March 12, 2013

TN Lawmakers Vote Against Hotel Allowances

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A proposal to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers passed the House today despite concerns that it might hurt those who use the excess to defray other unreimbursed expenses. The measure sponsored by Republican Rick Womick of Murfreesboro was approved 71-15 yesterday. It 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. Womick said the main purpose is to let taxpayers know their money isn't being wasted.

Politics
8:01 am
Tue March 12, 2013

KY GOP Recognizes Sen. Paul’s Filibuster

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The Kentucky GOP executive committee has passed a resolution applauding U.S. Senator Rand Paul as a "shining example of Republican leadership" for last week's nearly 13-hour filibuster. Once a political outsider in Kentucky, the resolution suggests that Paul has won support even among establishment Republicans in the state.

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Politics
7:59 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Stumbo Says KY Hemp Bill Is Dead

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the state's industrial hemp bill is dead, although the measure’s proponents insist it's not too late to revive it in the waning days of the General Assembly session. The proposal would let Kentucky quickly license hemp growers if the federal government lifts its ban on the plant.

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Government
2:33 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

KY General Fund Revenue Declines in February

Kentucky’s General Fund revenue saw a sharp decline last month. Budget Director Jane Driskell says collections fell 5.2%, costing the state nearly $30 million. Coal severance tax revenue had the largest loss, with 24. 5%. Both individual income tax and cigarette tax revenue dropped about 14%. Driskell says 41% increases in corporate income tax and property tax collections failed to offset the losses.

Politics
8:16 am
Mon March 11, 2013

KY General Assembly Rushing To Complete Session

Kentucky lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene today in a rush to pass some key measures before time runs out. Still pending are bills ensuring soldiers deployed overseas can vote in Kentucky elections and a bill raising the minimum school drop out age to 18.

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Education
8:13 am
Mon March 11, 2013

TN Enrollment Bill To Go to Floor Tonight

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A proposal to tighten enrollment requirements at Tennessee’s online-only schools is expected to be on the Senate floor tonight.

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Politics
8:09 am
Mon March 11, 2013

ILL Gov. Quinn Proposes Tax Legislation

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says proposed legislation to end some corporate tax breaks is the best way to help pay $9 billion in overdue bills.

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Sports
9:12 pm
Sat March 9, 2013

Belmont Beats the Racers in OVC Championship OT

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The Murray State Racers were not able to seal the deal in OT in their 70-68 loss to the Belmont Bruins at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship tonight in Nashville. This was the Racers' first loss in the conference final since 2000.

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Sports
10:26 am
Sat March 9, 2013

Murray State Advances to Men's OVC Championship

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The Murray State Racers put up an 81-73 victory over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels Friday night to advance to the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship. The Racers will face Belmont on Saturday for a chance at their 16th overall and second straight OVC title.

Culture
3:05 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Man Charged with Shooting Hickman Mayor Pleads Guilty

The man charged with killing Hickman Mayor Charles Murphy early last year has pleaded guilty today as part of a plea bargain. Under the agreement, 31-year-old Tommy Lattus pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, and will serve more that 37 years in prison for the murder. A formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 28th.

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