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8:21 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Waste Tire Projects Can Seek Funding

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Projects using recycled waste tires in places like athletic fields and playgrounds could be eligible for an Energy and Environment Cabinet grant.  The funding comes from the Waste Tire Trust Fund that the General Assembly established in 1998 to receive fees collected from new tire sales.

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Government
8:09 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Tax Reform Panel to Make Recommendations to Beshear

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform meets today to share its recommendations with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear appointed the commission earlier this year to suggest ways to simplify the tax code and generate enough revenue to meet state needs and carry Kentuckians through the recession.

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Politics
7:12 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Beshear Rules Himself Out As McConnell Challenger

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ruled himself out as a potential challenger to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. Beshear says he has no interest in running against McConnell but he expects a credible Democratic challenger will step forward.

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Education
1:17 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

KBE Looking Into School Goal Strategy

Some Kentucky board of education members are asking if the state's new assessments set goals high enough to lift up low-performing schools. Since test scores were released last month, critics have questioned why low-performing schools only have to move up one point next year to be considered improving.

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Crime
12:25 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Carneal's Mental State

Michael Carneal now and at age 14.

A federal appeals court panel is considering whether Heath High School gunman Michael Carneal should be allowed to take back his guilty plea and get a trial.

Carneal was 14 in 1997 when he shot and killed three classmates and wounded more. Carneal has schizophrenia and is arguing that he wasn't mentally competent to plead guilty to the shooting at the time.

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Society
8:40 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Cell Phone Scams Double in IL

A consumer advocacy groups says scams adding charges to people’s cell phone bills have almost doubled in Illinois this past year.  The Citizens Utility Board says scammers target cell users as wireless communication increases and new laws forbid cramming land lines. Cramming refers to third-party charges added to customers’ bills for services they never ordered.

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Government
8:38 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Haslam: Excluding Colleges Key to TN Gun Law Deal

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says excluding college campuses from a bill allowing employees to keep firearms in their vehicles at work is vital. Haslam says he expects lawmakers to compromise on the bill that caused consternation earlier this year. The business lobby opposes the National Rifle Association-backed measure because they say it intrudes on their property rights. Gun advocates argue banning guns in company lots leave workers unarmed during their commute.

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Government
8:35 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Proposal Could Spur IL Pension Deal

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Illinois lawmakers are bringing a new proposal on the table to fix the state’s multi-billion dollar pension crisis. Democratic Representative Elaine Nekritz and about a dozen other lawmakers are expected to announce new legislation today to repair Illinois' $95 billion pension liability. The plan calls for raising employee contributions and a tiered retirement age. It also would shift some of the costs for teachers' pensions to school districts.

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Society
8:36 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Joins Network to Track Prescription Drug Abuse

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An Illinois medicine-monitoring program joins a national data-sharing network to further prevent prescription drug abuse. The Department of Human Services is linking its prescription monitoring program to a National Association of Boards of Pharmacy network. By joining the national network, Human Services will be able to better identify people who have been issued multiple prescriptions across state lines.

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Government
8:32 am
Tue December 4, 2012

IL Lawmakers Return to Springfield

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Illinois lawmakers are facing the final three days of the Legislature’s fall session, but big issues like fixing state pension funds or expanding legalized gambling will probably have to wait for January action. The Senate might consider a House-approved resolution opposing wage increases for state workers this year.

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