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7:34 am
Fri November 30, 2012

IL Lawmakers Still Have Hope for Gambling Expansion

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The sponsor of legislation to add five new casinos in Illinois says Gov. Pat Quinn has been unwilling to negotiate a compromise. But he remains hopeful one can be reached. Democrat Rep. Lou Lang says he questions whether Quinn wants a deal before the end of the legislative session. Quinn has not met with either of the bill’s sponsors.

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Society
7:30 am
Fri November 30, 2012

No Commercial Trucks Allowed on KY Ferry

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Commercial trucks are not being allowed on a ferry that is the only route between Kentucky and Missouri. The detour is about 80 miles for trucks traveling between the two states. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the Dorena-Hickman Ferry restriction is because of the low water level of the Mississippi River.

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Society
7:18 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Bridge Lane Restriction Lifted Temporarily

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A lane restriction on a Ledbetter bridge undergoing repairs is being lifted for a day and a half starting Friday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the lane restriction on the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge that connects McCracken County to Livingston County will be lifted beginning this afternoon and is expected to return early Sunday.

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Government
4:33 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Tennessee Could Feel More of a Hurt from the Fiscal Cliff

A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee would be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. Dr. Stan Chervin says states like Tennessee that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Chervin is a senior research consultant with the state Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relation.

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Business
3:39 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Power Plant Project Good for W. Ky. Coal Industry.

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State leaders say a nearly $1 billion project to update pollution controls at a massive Louisville power plant will be a boost for Kentucky's coal industry.

The upgrades at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County are expected to add about 700 construction jobs. They will also allow the 1,400-megawatt plant to continue to burn coal by meeting stricter federal air regulations that go in force in 2016.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stumbo: Gambling Bill Doesn't Have to Start in the Senate

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is no longer demanding that any legislation calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize gambling start in the Senate. Stumbo told reporters Thursday, "that line in the sand doesn't have to be drawn any longer." Stumbo and Governor Steve Beshear are hopeful that the departure of Senate President David Williams will improve the chances of getting a bill passed.

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Society
7:39 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Train Kills Driver at Earlington Crossing

A Madisonville woman died Wednesday night when a train hit her car in Earlington. 26-year-old Keisha Young was pronounced dead on the scene by Hopkins County Coroner Dennis Mayfield.

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Government
7:35 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Quinn Fights Budget Override

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants the House of Representatives to spend money on children, not outdated prisons. Quinn continues to try to divert money from prisons to child-protection services after the Senate rejected the attempt made there. The state Senate voted 35 to 16 to reject Quinn’s $57 million cuts.

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Government
7:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

IL Upgrades Child Abuse Hotline

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has a new computerized child abuse hotline after receiving complaints that the old system failed to handle the large number of calls. Last year the department had more than 250,000 calls, but a majority of callers had to wait for a child abuse expert to call back.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

IL Lawmakers Suggest More Disclosure About Finances

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says politicians should disclose more information about their financial interests to help restore state residents’ faith in government. Simon and Sen. Dan Kotowski are introducing the legislation Thursday that would overhaul the state’s 40-year-old financial disclosure system.

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