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1:42 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Economic Consultants Suggest Kentucky Tax Food

Economic consultants looking for ways to improve Kentucky's tax system have offered a variety of options that include imposing a tax on food and a variety of services ranging from haircuts to automotive repairs to funerals.

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Environment
12:50 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fire Destroys Union City Recycling Center

A fire has destroyed Union City, Tennessee’s recycling center. Union City Fire Lieutenant James Rhamy says the fire began around midday yesterday at Greenway Recover & Recycle, located in the city's industrial park. Rhamy says used cardboard caught fire, destroying the center and burning woods around it.

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Government
8:53 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Tenn.prison stays shorter than most states

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A new study shows Tennessee prisoners serve some of the shortest terms in the nation.  A report by the Pew Center on the States found that on average a Tennessee prison sentence lasts just under 2 years. That's about a year shorter than the national average.

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Politics
8:51 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Grimes off to Middle East to check military

Alison Lundergan Grimes
ky.gov

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is in the Middle East this week, part of a group of U.S. officials reviewing military voting procedures.  Grimes says members of the military who are risking their lives abroad must be ensured the right to vote in elections back home. 

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Politics
8:40 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Kentucky courts budget strained

Murray Convention and Visitors Bureau

State spending on courthouse buildings is going up even as Kentucky's judicial system struggles to pay for day-to-day operations.  Courthouses across the Commonwealth shut down September 4th for the second of three furlough days this year because of state budget cuts. 

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Politics
8:37 am
Mon September 10, 2012

KY Governor weighing appointments to medical board

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has five appointments to make that could reshape a state medical board that’s played a controversial role in efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse.  All five of the members whose terms are up are continuing to serve until Beshear makes a decision.

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Government
8:36 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TN Driver's license renewals shifting to self-service

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Tennesseeresidents needing to renew or replace their driver's licenses could be using self-service kiosks by November.  State officials say kiosk locations could include libraries, police precincts and county clerk's offices. Officials are in talks with a national retail outlet chain where some kiosks may be located. 

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Politics
8:34 am
Mon September 10, 2012

IL Gov to use social media to rally on pensions

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is hinting his so-called grassroots campaign to rally support for an overhaul of the state's pension system will involve social media and the Internet.  Lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to deal with the roughly $85 billion pension funding gap. Legislators couldn't agree on an approach during a special session last month.  

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Government
8:28 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Man cleared in 1998 fatal dorm fire in court again

Hester College, Murray State
panoramio.com

The Paducah Middle School principal recently acquitted in a fatal Murray State University dorm fire over a decade ago was back in court last week facing charges of evidence tampering.  Jerry Wayne Walker was cleared in July of arson and manslaughter charges by a Marshall County jury.  WPSD-TV reports the allegations of evidence tampering stem from letters Walker wrote in the days following the 1998 fire, where he accused others of starting it.

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Government
4:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge Halts Closure of Tamms and Other Correctional Facilities

lacp.org

A southern Illinois judge is temporarily prohibiting Gov. Pat Quinn from closing state correctional facilities. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness in Alexander County granted the union's request for a temporary restraining order. The order keeps Quinn from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, and three halfway houses and youth detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.

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