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Government
7:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Haslam: Child Deaths Not Mishandled

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says no immediate evidence of wrongdoing by the Department of Children’s Services has been found in the deaths of 31 children. He calls the deaths, which included ten infants with open case files, distressing. Haslam reviewed the reports and says the D-C-S took appropriate action in the cases.

Government
7:34 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Owensboro Will Appeal Ruling in Newspaper's Favor

Owensboro officials will appeal its case involving an open records dispute with The Messenger-Inquirer. City commissioners voted yesterday to appeal a circuit judge’s decision that the city must hand over two internal investigations opened last year against former police spokeswoman Marian Cosgrove.

Crime
7:28 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Former Soldier Convicted of Possessing Child Porn

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A former Fort Campbell soldier has been convicted of possessing child pornography. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says a Christian County jury found Michael Myers guilty on 12 counts and recommended he register as a sex offender for 20 years. Myers was indicted in 2010 after an undercover cybercrimes investigation in September 2009. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Government
7:13 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Smoking Ban First Reading Passes in Hopkinsville

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The Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of a smoking ban Tuesday with Mayor Dan Kemp casting the deciding vote.  The ordinance can’t take effect, however, until a second reading is approved.  Mayor Kemp says the move puts Hopkinsville in line with neighboring cities that also have smoking bans in place.  Opponents of the ban say they don’t want to take away business owners’ rights.

Society
7:03 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Grounded WWII Ship Dislodged

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A World War Two-era landing craft is on its way again after being grounded in Lake Barkley for two days.  The LST 325 was freed from shallow water near Kuttawa yesterday evening.  U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Dan McQuate says a salvage expert directed a commercial tugboat to try to dislodge the boat, but it remained stuck through the afternoon.  The LST ran aground Monday night after it left the navigation channel for unknown reasons.  The LST 325 landed troops on the Normandy beaches in 1944, and is now a tourist attraction based in Evansville, Ind.

Environment
7:56 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Drought Creates Conditions for Active Wildfire Season

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Officials with the Kentucky Division of Forestry say this summer’s lack of rain, along with tornadoes that have knocked down trees have created the conditions for a potentially bad wildfire season.  The recent drought has dried out state forests in the Commonwealth, and fallen trees and limbs means there’s plenty of fuel for wildfires.  State forester Leah MacSwords says this could lead to an active fire season and be dangerous for firefighters.  She says people should take extra precautions and watch out for forest arson, the leading cause of Kentucky’s wildfires.  This fall’s fire season

Health Care
7:38 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Judge Shuts Down Christian Health Care Ministry

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A Kentucky judge has shut down a Christians-only health care ministry, saying it could not operate until it got approval from the state Department of Insurance.  Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate made the ruling against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers who pledge not to smoke, drink, use drugs or have sex outside of marriage. 

Environment
9:18 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Settlement Cuts Cost of Pollution Control Plan

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A federal court ruling on power plant emissions has prompted a settlement cutting the cost of Big Rivers Electric’s pollution control plan by $225 million. The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced the settlement Monday. The electric company had proposed spending more than $283 million on pollution control systems for the plants in Hawesville, Centertown and two in Sebree in order to comply with federal rules. But in August, a federal court overruled some emission control regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Politics
9:07 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Supreme Court Refuses Illinois Appeal on Legislative Districts

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it won’t hear an Illinois appeal on new legislative districts, giving no reason for its refusal.  The state’s G.O.P lawmakers say they’re disappointed.  Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno  and House Minority Leader Tom Cross allege the maps were gerrymandered to benefit Democrats and say the redistricting was unconstitutional. Lower courts have so far thrown out their complaints.

Education
9:04 am
Tue October 2, 2012

College Illinois Savings Program Resumes

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An Illinois college savings program that stopped taking applicants last year is back in business with a new management team. College Illinois allows parents to lock in a price for their children’s future tuition and save money to pay it.

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