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Agriculture
7:01 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Burley Tobacco Farmers See Best Paydays in Years

Burley tobacco farmers in Kentucky and Tennessee are seeing their best paydays since plunging into the free market. Tight leaf supplies and a quality crop that bounced back after this summer’s drought are bringing burley growers nearly $2 per pound.

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Government
7:39 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Tenn. DCS Works to Recruit Foster Parents

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is looking to expand its network of foster homes as need continues to increase. After a decade of steady decreases of children in state custody, Tennessee is beginning to see the number of abused and neglected children grow. The state’s largest provider is Youth Villages, which started a recruitment campaign after researching the demographics of what makes a good foster parent.

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Society
7:33 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Man Dead in Southern Ill. Mining Accident

A worker has died after being trapped in machinery Saturday at a Saline County, Ill., mine. The incident happened at Willow Lake Mine.  The operation, which employs about 460 people, is run by a subsidiary of Peabody Energy Corporation. Peabody Spokesperson Meg Gallagher says 30-year-old Chad Meyers of Goreville died after being pinned by a continuous mining machine he was operating.

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Government
7:29 am
Mon November 19, 2012

TDOT Halts Lane Closures for Holidays

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is halting all lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials say all construction-related lane closures will stop Wednesday at noon and will resume next Monday at 6 a.m. TDOT Commissioner John Schroer says more law enforcement will be on the roads. 

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Education
7:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Ky. Schools Receive Grants to Improve Teacher Quality

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Murray State is among several Kentucky universities receiving federal grants to improve teacher quality.  The grants from the Council on Postsecondary Education total $859,000. MSU and three other lead universities will partner with high-need school districts and five colleges, including Madisonville Community College.

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Society
7:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Owensboro Reinstitutes Juvenile Drug Court

The City of Owensboro and Daviess County are restarting their juvenile drug court.  County Attorney Claud Porter says both are putting up 88,000 dollars per year to fund the program. The juvenile drug court was discontinued because of state budget cuts.

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Business
8:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Tax Amnesty Deadline Approaching

The deadline is nearing for delinquent Kentucky taxpayers to take advantage of an amnesty period. Kentucky officials say this is the first amnesty period in 10 years and allows people to pay taxes that are due without paying fees or penalties and having the interest reduced by half.

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Government
3:20 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Justice Cabinet Makes Minor Changes to Lethal Injections

Kentucky is one step closer to resuming executions. The state Justice Cabinet Thursday sent its proposed changes to the state's lethal injection process to the legislature. A state judge more than a year ago ordered Kentucky to halt executions until it switches from using three drugs to just one drug. The proposal makes some changes based on input from a public hearing in September.

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Government
8:21 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Owensboro Officials Looking for Highway Access

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Owensboro officials hope a recent study will put them in the path of a new highway running from Tennessee to Michigan. The report found the proposed Interstate 67 could attract 16 to 30 thousand vehicles a day along most of its length when it’s completed in 2035. The study projects higher volumes along the Kentucky section.

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Business
8:16 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Illinois Foreclosure Rate on the Rise

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Illinois' home foreclosure rate rose 6 percent in October compared to the previous month, and was 19 percent higher than in October of last year. A RealtyTrac report released Thursday shows Illinois with almost 15 thousand foreclosure filings last month, the third-highest rate in the nation. Filings include default notices, auction-sale notices and bank repossessions. Nationally, October's foreclosure activity rose 3 percent from the previous month but fell 19 percent from October of 2011.

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