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7:23 am
Fri December 21, 2012

IL Reviewing Pensions for Gun Investments

Illinois public pension fund managers are reviewing their portfolios for investments in gun manufacturers after last week's Connecticut school shooting. Illinois State Board of Investment Executive Director William Atwood says the agency's $12 billion portfolio includes about 84,000 shares worth $1.7 million in three gun-makers — Olin, Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson. Spokesman Dave Urbanek says the teachers' system is reviewing its $37 billion portfolio for connections to other gun-makers.

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Society
6:59 am
Fri December 21, 2012

State Police Collect 52 Tons of Food

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Kentucky State Police have collected 52 tons of food to help feed people during the holidays. Commissioner Rodney Brewer says the "Cram the Cruiser" food drive netted more than 10o,000pounds of food statewide.

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Government
6:51 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Simon Says IL Pension Crisis Threatens Veterans Homes

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says funding for the state's veterans homes is being threatened by a growing public pension burden. Simon visited the Adjutant Illinois Veterans Home in Anna Thursday to celebrate the holiday season with residents and highlight the service the homes provide. The state operates homes in Anna, LaSalle, Manteno and Quincy but has cut funding for them.

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Health Care
6:48 am
Fri December 21, 2012

TN Puts Tighter Controls on Prescription Drugs

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Tennessee officials hope a new law requiring doctors to check a database before prescribing certain drugs will help curb addiction and prevent deaths. The state's controlled substances monitoring database has been around for several years, but its use has not been mandatory. Starting Jan. 1, doctors and others who prescribe drugs must register with the database. They will have to start checking it every time they prescribe certain powerful drugs, with limited exceptions starting April 1.

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Politics
8:10 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Armstrong Named National Black Caucus of State Legislators President

Democratic Tennessee State Rep. Joe Armstrong has been selected to be the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators for the next two years. Other Democratic Tennessee House members will also have leadership positions. Brenda Gilmore and Johnny Shaw are to serve as executive committee members at-large. Rep. Karen Camper will continue as Region IV chair for Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Society
7:41 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Vanderbilt Urges Parents to Buy Helmets with Bikes

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A program affiliated with Vanderbilt Hospital says Christmas gifts of bicycles and skateboards need to be accompanied by helmets. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt notes that about 135 children die in the U.S. each year in bicycle accidents and 267 thousand are injured.

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Society
7:38 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Simon Urges Holiday Help for IL Hungry

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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is encouraging residents to spend some time this holiday season helping curb hunger. Simon wants to highlight volunteering time, giving money or donating food to help children, seniors and families access nutritious food while the economy continues to recover.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Leatherwood Named TN GOP Executive Director

Brent Leatherwood
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A spokesman for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus will be the state GOP’s executive director starting in January. Brent Leatherwood of Chattanooga succeeds Adam Nickas, who left the position to run the Tennessee office of the Mississippi-based lobbying firm Capitol Resources. Leatherwood is a former congressional staffer and has worked on several U.S. House and Senate campaigns. He joined the state legislative staff after running Republican Scott DesJarlais' successful campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis in 2010.

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Grimes to Explore Early Voting

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Kentucky's secretary of state is planning to explore whether the state should permit early voting. Alison Lundergan Grimes says she plans to hold meetings statewide next year to discuss whether the Commonwealth should change its election laws to allow early and unexcused absentee voting.

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Health Care
7:24 am
Thu December 20, 2012

KY Overdose Deaths Up 282 Percent

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A new study shows drug overdose deaths in Kentucky rose 282 percent between 2000 and 2010. The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center analyzed information from emergency rooms, in-patient hospitalizations and mortality records.

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