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11:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Illinois' Governor Urges Food Bank Support

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn reminds state residents to support food banks during the holiday season and throughout the year. Quinn's office says there are eight food banks around the state and, according to Feeding Illinois, there are more than 1.9 million people in the state who don't have access to nutritious food. Quinn urges people to volunteer at food banks in their communities and donate to them. 

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Government
10:51 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Tenn. Public Health Department Issues New Steroid Warning

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Tennessee health officials will start contacting hundreds of people who received steroid injuection for back pain from a pharmacy linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak to warn them about another infection.  Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said Wednesday the new round of calls will start next week to about 900 patients who have not developed fungal meningitis but who may be at risk for a localized infection or abscess near the injection site.

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Government
10:44 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Air Force Reprimands Tennessee Air Guard General over Titans Tickets

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A Tennessee Air National Guard general has been reprimanded for giving Titans tickets that were bought by the Guard to his family and friends. WSMV-TV obtained an internal investigation from the Air Force Inspector General that shows Assistant Adjutant General Don Johnson gave his family and friends tickets to four games last season.

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Agriculture
12:13 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Plans Under Way for New W. Ky. Farm

An Indiana-based company plans to open a turkey farm in McLean County. Executives with Farbest  Farms outlined plans for the venture this week at a Fiscal Court meeting in McLean. The Messenger-Inquirer reports the plans include a 50-acre brooding hub where turkeys would be hatched and raised until they are 30 days old.

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Government
8:23 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vaught Retires from Director of IL DCEO

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The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is retiring from full-time employment with the state. 65 year-old David Vaught retired Wednesday. His retirement came after an Illinois Inspector General’s Office report that found abuses of hiring laws at DCEO. It also criticized the DCEO for failing to adequately review appointees’ qualifications.

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Environment
7:08 am
Wed November 21, 2012

IL Hunters Take More Deer This Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says deer hunters in the state have killed more than 5,000 deer than they did last year. Just in last week’s firearm season opening weekend hunters killed more than 72,000 deer.

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Government
7:56 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Beshear's Administration Gave Away $31K in Olympic Tickets

Officials with Kentucky’s tourism department say they gave away Olympic tickets worth more than $31,000 after canceling plans to send a delegation. The state's 20 tickets were nonrefundable and couldn't easily be resold under Olympics rules. So tourism officials gave them to two British tour companies that sometimes do business in Kentucky.

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Government
7:46 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Haslam Blames Feds for Health Insurance Delay

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the lack of information from the White House is to blame for the delay in the state’s decision about running its own health insurance exchange under the new federal health care law. Haslam says President Barack Obama’s administration has refused to answer questions about health insurance raised by Republican governors.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Kentucky Smokers Might Have to Pay More for Cigarettes

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Smokers might have to pay more in Kentucky for cigarettes if a proposal to raise the cigarette tax passes. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform suggests raising the tax from $.60 a pack to $1. Governor Steve Beshear appointed the tax panel earlier this year to simplify the tax code and generate enough revenue to meet the state’s needs.

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Education
7:05 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Holliday Elected President of National Panel

The head of Kentucky's public schools has been elected to lead a national panel of state school officers. The Kentucky Department of Education says Terry Holliday was named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers' Board of Directors, a nonpartisan group that advocates for public education issues nationwide.

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