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9:17 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Owensboro Teacher Given Milken Award

An Owensboro teacher has received a the Milken Award, which honors exceptional educators with a $25,000 gift. Cravens Elementary School teacher Ryan Williams was one of 40 people across the nations to be bestowed with the honor.

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Business
9:11 am
Mon December 31, 2012

KY Plants Uses Sorghum to Make Ethanol

A Hopkinsville energy plant has helped a Tennessee sustainable feedstock producer reach an important milestone. Memphis-based Delta BioRenewables delivered a commercial-sized batch of sweet sorghum juice this month to the Commonwealth Agri-Energy plant. The plant’s machines that turn corn into ethanol are now using sweet sorghum for the same process.

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Government
9:08 am
Mon December 31, 2012

IL Drags Its Feet on Pension Problem

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With its pension funds are the most underfunded in the U.S., and a shortfall approaching $100 billion, Illinois lawmakers will meet again next week in hopes of fixing the problem. Solutions other states adopted as long as five years ago are on the table. They include higher retirement ages, asking workers to contribute more and switching to 401(k)-style plans.

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Politics
9:05 am
Mon December 31, 2012

KY Lawmakers Wrestle with Redistricting

Kentucky lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues. Incoming Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says there’s no rushed to redraw legislative boundaries because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after the session convenes Jan. 8.

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Politics
8:59 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Harwell Wants to Cap Filed Bills

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Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell’s announcement that she wants to impose a cap on how many bills are filed each year has lobbyists scrambling. Under Harwell’s proposal each lawmaker would be limited to 10 bills each session. That’s an average of about two bills a piece for the more than 500 lobbyists registered at the state Capitol.

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Society
8:56 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Extended Unemployment Benefits End

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About 30,000 Tennesseans and 24,000 Kentuckians are set to lose extended federal unemployment benefits this Wednesday. Congress created the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program in 2008 to help workers who had exhausted what they were receiving from the states.

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Business
8:44 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Settlement Grants Net $11.2 Million

A 2011 settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority means 13 Kentucky organizations will receive a total of $11.2 million dollars in grants over five years. The settlement covers allegations that TVA violated the Clean Air Act.

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Society
6:39 am
Fri December 28, 2012

TN Police Step Up DUI Enforcement for New Year's

Tennessee law enforcement will be using the new "no refusal" law over the weekend before New Year's Eve that allows police to get blood samples of suspected drunken drivers. Previously drivers in Tennessee could refuse a blood alcohol content test but they would face losing their licenses for violating the "implied consent" law. The law passed this year allows police to seek search warrants for blood samples. Police have held "no refusal" enforcement periods during several holidays this year.

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Education
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

New Center Combines Education, Workforce Data

A newly created data center will link education and workforce data in Kentucky to try to improve training for students at all levels. Gov. Steve Beshear issued an executive order earlier this month creating the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. He says data from individual agencies only gives one part of the picture and that policymakers, parents, students and educators will all benefit from the combined information.

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Business
6:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

KY Tobacco Sales to Minors Under National Rate

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A new survey of retail tobacco outlets in Kentucky shows more than 94 percent are compliant with the law barring tobacco sales to people younger than 18. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services says Kentucky's average since the program began in 1997 is 9.5 percent violation, which was below the national average of 15.8 percent in that time.

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