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Society
2:49 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Owensboro Police Asked to Investigate Priest

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The Kentucky Commonwealth's Attorney's office has asked the Owensboro Police Department to investigate allegations against a priest accused of inappropriate conduct with a minor.

The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer reports the Catholic Diocese of Owensboro has temporarily suspended the Rev. John Meredith following an investigation.

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Government
2:40 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Thousands Apply for Tornado Recovery Assistance in Ill.

Credit John Paul Henry

Illinois officials say more than 2,000 people have applied for federal assistance following November tornadoes that prompted disaster declaration in their counties.

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says the government has approved more than $1.6 million in federal grants and more than $5.6 million in low-interest loans.

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Environment
7:16 am
Wed January 1, 2014

IL Extends Controlled Pheasant Hunting Season

Illinois officials are extending the controlled pheasant hunting season at three state sites.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday the extended seasons for several days in January at each location.

The seasons will be extended at Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area in Clinton County, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass County and Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in Franklin and Jefferson Counties.

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Education
6:58 am
Tue December 31, 2013

TN School Boards Association Has New Website For Parents

The Tennessee School Boards Association has a new website designed to answer parents' questions about public schools.

According to the association, the site was designed with parents who are new to the Tennessee public school system in mind.

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Government
6:55 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Health Coverage Enrollment Passes 116,000 In KY

Credit kynect.ky.gov

More than 116,000 Kentuckians have enrolled for medical coverage through the state-operated insurance marketplace.

Governor Steve Beshear's office said yesterday that since Thanksgiving week, enrollments through Kentucky's health insurance website are up nearly 93%.

Thousands of Kentuckians made final decisions about their health care plans by December 23, the deadline to ensure coverage starting New Year's Day.

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Government
4:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program

Illinois officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent offenders into community-based programs comes from the state's general revenue fund.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community programs save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

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Politics
3:59 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Rick Perry To Speak For GOP Fundraiser at Murray State

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Western Kentucky Republicans have landed Texas Governor Rick Perry to headline a fundraiser focusing on efforts to flip control of the Kentucky House. 

Calloway County GOP Chairman Greg DeLancey says that Perry will speak at the March 15th event at Murray State University. 

Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and is seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate in 2016, following a failed bid in 2012. 

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Government
6:42 am
Mon December 30, 2013

TennCare Awards Managed Care Contracts

The Bureau of TennCare has awarded managed care contracts to AmeriGroup, BlueCare Tennessee and UnitedHealthcare.

The contracts were signed Friday and take effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

They last for three years with a possible one-year extension. Tennessee Health Care Finance and Administration Deputy Commissioner Darin Gordon said in a news release on the contract awards that all three managed care organizations have a proven ability to efficiently administer TennCare's benefits package of physical, behavioral and long term care services.

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Business
6:40 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Some KY Communities See Economic Recovery

An analysis by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has found that many communities across the state have rebounded from the 2008 recession.

The report released this week found a largely positive picture of the state economic health. The Courier-Journal reports the analysis found that three cities — Owensboro, Lexington and Elizabethtown — support more jobs now than they had in 2007.

It also found that Louisville jobs have increased to pre-recession levels and wages and salaries increased in urban areas. It wasn't all good news, though.

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Environment
6:39 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Federal Funds Offered For Water Pollution Cleanup

Credit ky.nrcs.usda.gov

State officials are reminding Kentuckians that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide grants to partially pay for projects that help clean up polluted streams, lakes and groundwater supplies.

The deadline for submitting proposals is February 3.

The Kentucky Division of Water is the agency that awards the matching grants that pay for 60% of the overall costs of projects chosen.

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