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Environment
4:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Calvert City Waste Site Management Suing for Cleanup Costs

The group managing a former Marshall County hazardous waste site is suing more than 300 companies, municipalities and universities to recoup the cost of waste removal. LWD PRP wants to force 334 others to kick in money to cover the costs of removing a variety of hazardous pollutants from the incinerator site in Calvert City. The 32-acre plant operated from the 1950s until October 2005. LWD PRP has paid $9.5 million toward cleaning up the site through September 1. The suit, filed in U.S.

Education
11:46 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Marshall Co. Schools Eliminates Letter Grades

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Marshall County Schools has eliminated letter grades at all six of its public elementary schools. The system is applying a standards-based grading system for the current school year. Instructional supervisor Abby Griffy tells The Paducah Sun all the county's elementary schools will assess student performance by describing levels of comprehension on what is being taught instead of assigning letters based on averaged grades.

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Environment
9:47 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Midwest Grape Crop Looks Good Amid Drought

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While the US drought has been rough on our region’s corn and soybean crops, grape growers in the Four Rivers say their harvest will make up in quality what it lacks in quantity.  Winemakers throughout the area report their vineyards have proven resilient to the recent heat and dryness. 

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Environment
9:42 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Christian County Fertilizer Ban Considered

High levels of run-off pollution in a Christian County river that empties into Lake Barkley has officials considering a fertilizer ban there. The Kentucky New Era reports that’s one of the options federal environmental authorities are looking at if the Little River isn’t cleaned of agricultural run-off pollution.  

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Politics
9:38 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Kentucky Pension Task Force Tackles Shortfall

A task force looking for ways to cover Kentucky's $19-billion public pension shortfall will explore the idea of borrowing enough money to bridge the gap through the sale of government bonds. The Task Force on Kentucky Public Pensions is expected to review that option at a meeting in September. 

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Government
8:43 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Haslam Aide: Tennessee Not Promoting Islamic Code

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls confusion about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.  Haslam was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Shariah in state government.  Deputy to the governor Claude Ramsey sent a letter last week to the state GOP's executive committee seeking to quell those concerns.  Ramsey stated there is no effort under way to promote Shariah law in Tennessee.

Business
9:24 am
Thu August 16, 2012

TVA board to decide budget, power rates

Electricity rates for Tennessee Valley Authority customers in seven states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, are on today’s agenda for the utility's board of directors.  

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Politics
9:21 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Candidates in southern Ill. House race debate jobs

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Voters in southern Illinois’ 12th Congressional District heard the three candidates for the U.S. House talk about their job-creation proposals at a debate yesterday.  The event brought together Republican Jason Plummer, Democrat Bill Enyart and the Green Party's Paula Bradshaw at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale campus.  Plummer called for tax reform while Enyart pushed a plan focused on small businesses.

Government
9:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CIA Director Petraeus to visit Fort Campbell

CIA Director, and retired four-star general, David Petraeus returns to  101st Airborne Division, the unit he led into Iraq in 2003.  His visit caps a week of celebration at the post, as the 101st commemorates its 70th anniversary.  Petraeus will also attend a retirement ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, who served under Petraeus as the senior non-commissioned officer.  After leaving the division, Petraeus served as the commander of U.S.forces in Iraq, was the head of U.S. Central Command and then was tapped by President Barack Obama to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Politics
9:31 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Illinois’ 12th Congressional District Debate Tonight

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Voters in Southern Illinois’ 12th Congressional District will have their first chance to see the three candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives go toe to toe tonight in Carbondale.  The candidates' debate is scheduled for 7 p.m. and features Republican Jason Plummer, Democrat Bill Enyart and the Green Party's Paula Bradshaw. The event will be at WSIU-TV on the Southern Illinois University campus. Reporters from The Belleville News-Democrat, the Southern Illinoisan and WSIU will moderate.

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