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8:43 am
Wed December 19, 2012

KY Has New Travel Resources

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A new guide and smartphone app is now available to help people pinpoint Kentucky tourism hot spots. The Travel and Tourism Department has made its 2013 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide available at welcome centers throughout the state, and the Kentucky Historical Society has released its latest installment of its free smartphone app Explore Kentucky History guiding people through historical markers all over the Commonwealth.

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Society
8:14 am
Wed December 19, 2012

IL Department Gives Weather Warning to Aging Adults

Illinois officials are reminding older adults to get ready for the approaching cold weather. The state’s Department on Aging says people should have their furnace checked to make sure it’s in good shape before colder temperatures roll in. They also advise older adults to set their thermostats above 65 degrees. Lowering the thermostat to reduce heating bills carries a risk for older adults, who are more susceptible to hypothermia.

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Politics
8:11 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Gregory Wins Special Election for Senate Seat

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Republican Kentucky State Rep. Sara Beth Gregory will replace former State Sen. David Williams after winning a special election for his southern Kentucky seat. Gregory defeated Democrat Bill Conn by more than a 4 - 1 margin. Gregory was elected last year to represent the 52nd House District and won a second term last month.

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Society
7:37 am
Wed December 19, 2012

KY Joins Drunken Driving Campaign

Kentucky is joining a national campaign to help end drunken driving deaths and injuries. Governor Steve Beshear launched the HERO Campaign yesterday, encouraging people to drive sober and participate in designated driver programs.

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Education
7:34 am
Wed December 19, 2012

TN Hosts School Safety Summitt

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The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit for next month. Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

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Education
4:23 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Governor Haslam says he's not planning any changes for Tennessee Higher Ed.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he plans no major changes to the state's public higher education system next legislative session. Haslam also says he has yet to decide if he will push for a bill to create a school vouchers program in Tennessee.

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Roads & Highways
10:37 am
Tue December 18, 2012

AAA Expects Busy Season

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About 39,000 motorists in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and western Pennsylvania are expected to call AAA East Central for help while traveling during the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

AAA East Central projects it will replace more than 6,500 dead car batteries, change nearly 6,000 flat tires, retrieve nearly 4,800 sets of keys locked inside vehicles and extricate 2,000 vehicles stuck in snow or mud.

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Business
10:04 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Dick's Sporting Goods Suspending Modern Rifle Sales

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Chain is suspending sales of modern rifles nationwide because of the school shooting in Connecticut. The company also says it's removing all guns from display at its store closest to Newtown, where the massacre took place. A statement posted on Dick's corporate website expresses sympathy for the Sandy Hook Elementary victims' families.

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Society
8:34 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Aviation Brigade Details Progress in Afghanistan

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The commander of Fort Campbell’s 101st Combat Aviation Brigade says Afghan security forces are becoming more capable both on the ground and in the air. Col. Paul Bontrager says Afghans can now medically evacuate their own personnel using helicopters and that the air corps’ success will be vital when the U.S. removes combat forces in 2014.

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Environment
8:30 am
Tue December 18, 2012

KY Fire Hazard Season Ends

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Although Kentucky’s fall fire hazard season is officially over, state officials don’t want people to let their guard down yet. Division of Forestry Director Leah MacSwords says recent rain has helped but just a few dry days would make condition favorable for fires. MacSwords says people should continue to be cautious with outdoor burning. 

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