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10:09 am
Mon February 25, 2013

KY Inmates plant orchard as part of gardening program

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The Hopkins County Jail has taken a gardening program for inmates to a new level by adding a small orchard.  Jailer Joe Blue says inmates enrolled in a Master Gardener program have planted 30 apple trees on a quarter-acre site near the jail. 

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Business
10:06 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Owensboro expects $20M lift from sports tourism

Sports tourism is expected to have a $20 million impact on Owensboro this year.  Jared Bratcher is sports marketing director for the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  He tells the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer there will be more than 50 tournaments, including figure skating, hockey, baseball, running, soccer, softball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, fishing and football.

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2013 TN General Assembly
10:03 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Tennessee lawmakers to decide fate of supermarket wine

Tennessee lawmakers are poised to decide this week whether a proposal to allow supermarket wine sales moves ahead.  The bill to overhaul the current system preventing shoppers from buying wine alongside groceries faces votes in both House and Senate committees this week.

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Sports
4:40 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 11:59 pm

A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.

Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.

Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.

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Politics
7:39 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Illinois Medicaid Cuts Fall Short of Projections

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Illinois officials say savings from cuts to the state's Medicaid program have fallen short by $464 million. That’s about 30 percent of the expected $1.6 billion in cuts to the health program for the poor.

Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Director Julie Hamos says nearly half the gap is because of a delay in implementing a program to check Medicaid recipients' eligibility. The federal government also denied permission to carry out some planned cuts.

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Politics
7:32 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Quinn Says Proposed Fracking Rules Good for Illinois

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Gov. Pat Quinn is praising a bill that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it'll help the economy. Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would establish ground rules for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

The method uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals to crack open rock formations and release oil and gas. The industry is eyeing southern Illinois' New Albany shale. Quinn says he's committed to protecting the environment and creating jobs.

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Society
7:19 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Clarksville Event Helps Guard Against Identity Theft

Clarksville area residents can get their documents shredded for free Saturday at an event that aims to protect against identity theft. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is spearheading the project.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:10 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Kentucky House Passes Bill to Take DNA After Felony Arrest


The House has passed a bill that would require police to take DNA samples from people they arrest on felony charges. The vote was 68 to 27 Thursday. The bill will proceed to the Senate for consideration.

If the measure becomes law, Kentucky would join the federal government and 25 states that take DNA samples from felony arrestees. The U.S. Supreme Court this year will consider the constitutionality of the testing based on a Maryland case.

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2013 KY General Assembly
7:06 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Senate Passes Bill to Raise Dropout Age to 18

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The Senate has passed its own version of legislation that would require students to stay in school until they're 18, up from the current dropout age of 16. The vote was 36 - 2 yesterday. The House unanimously passed a similar proposal last week. Each chamber will consider the other's legislation.

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Politics
6:52 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Alexander Plans to Delay Army Corps of Engineers

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is promising to delay the Army Corps of Engineers from restricting access near Cumberland River dams and says he might even restrict their funds. Alexander is the senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Water, which has jurisdiction over the Corps.

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