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6:12 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Sunrise President Resigns After No Confidence Vote

The executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention says the president of a Baptist-affiliated agency for abused children has resigned.

The departure of Bill Smithwick as president of Sunrise Children's Services comes after the convention issued a no-confidence vote on Smithwick's leadership last month.

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Government
6:11 am
Wed December 18, 2013

IL Firearms Instructors Can Now Apply Online

Certified firearms instructors in Illinois can now apply for concealed carry licenses.

The Illinois State Police say they opened to application process today so instructors can apply in advance of the January 5 deadline.

Illinois law says that certified instructors must be eligible for a concealed carry license. State police say giving them early access to the application process will also help test the application system.

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Government
4:09 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Beshear Says Education Is Top Priority for Session

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear says he wants to pump more money into education and is willing to make budget cuts elsewhere to free up the money.

Beshear talked to reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday about his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The governor says education is his top priority and that the state risks losing its progress in education unless it reinvests money in schools.

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Culture
5:58 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Conway Seeks Abuse Resistant Generic Pills

Dozens of attorneys general from across the U.S., including Kentucky's Jack Conway, are asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require makers of generic prescription pain relievers to make tamper-resistant versions of their products.

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Government
5:56 am
Tue December 17, 2013

KY Lawmakers File Brief In Coal Case

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Kentucky's U.S. senators and its five Republican congressmen have inserted themselves into a Supreme Court case, filing a legal brief that challenges environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants.

The "friend of the court" brief filed yesterday says the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in tightening limits on coal powered-plant emissions.

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Business
5:55 am
Tue December 17, 2013

BNA Adds Non-stop Flight To New York

Nashville International Airport is adding a daily nonstop flight to New York City's LaGuardia Airport. The new nonstop service on Southwest Airlines begins on May 11.

Once it begins, Southwest will have three daily nonstops to LaGuardia from Nashville.

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Politics
5:51 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Corker Spokeswoman Leaving D.C., Comes To Work For Haslam

Laura Herzog is leaving her position as spokeswoman for Tennessee’s U.S. Senator Bob Corker in Washington to become deputy director of communications for Governor Bill Haslam in Nashville.

Herzog worked for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander for four years before joining Corker's successful campaign for the Senate in 2006.

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Business
6:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Big Rivers Holds Henderson Meeting Today, Other Public Meetings Coming In January

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A public meeting on a proposal to increase Big Rivers Electric Corp. rates is being held today in Henderson, with a public comment session in Frankfort linked by video to Owensboro, Paducah and Brandenburg on January 8.

The meeting and comment session were rescheduled to bad weather.

Big Rivers wants to increase rates early next year to boost annual revenue by $70 million.

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Business
6:43 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Online Cigarette Dealer Sentenced One Year

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The former owner of an online cigarette dealership has been sentenced to a year in prison and agreed to pay more than $2 million in restitution to the Kentucky Department of Revenue for selling cigarettes on which taxes weren't paid.

The U.S. attorney's office said Friday that 48-year-old Israel Chavez was sentenced to one year and one day in prison by U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin in Louisville.

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Environment
6:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Eagle Watching Opportunities To Open

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Eagle watching is on the calendar early next year throughout the region, where several weekend viewing trips are available through Kentucky State Parks and Land Between the Lakes.

The state park tours go by excursion yacht or van, and prices range from $25 to $50 per adult.

Programs are scheduled January 10 through 12 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, January 24 through 26 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park and January 31 through February 2 at Kenlake State Resort Park.

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