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Environment
9:03 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Land Between the Lakes Burns

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Firefighters say they’ve contained weekend wildfires that burned more than 250 acres of woodlands in northern parts of The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Government
8:53 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Governor's Chief of Staff Dies

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s chief of staff has died.  Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says Mike Haydon passed away Sunday. The cause of death was uncertain.  Haydon became Beshear's chief of staff in 2010 after Adam Edelen resigned from the position. Before that, Haydon, who was also once the mayor of Springfield, served as Beshear's legislative director.  House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover tells the Lexington Herald-Leader Haydon was a "very good friend" and says he will be missed.

Education
10:14 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Kentucky Historical Society Creates “The Right Answer” Curriculum

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The Kentucky Historical Society and schools around the commonwealth are partnering to create a new curriculum called “The Right Answer.”  The project is partially funded by a $110,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Historical Society says the curriculum is intended to increase students' skills in visual and historical literacy, as well as critical thinking with help from historical collections. The KHS plans a statewide pilot study to develop the program.

Government
8:40 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Tamms Leaks Investigated

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Illinois State Police have launched a criminal investigation at the Tamms Correctional Center following leaks to reporters about the process of closing the prison. Spokeswoman Monique Bond said there's an "ongoing investigation into criminal activity," but she didn't go in to detail. However, an employee at Tamms said investigators tried to interview several workers there yesterday and most didn't agree to answer questions. 

Government
9:22 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Illinois Governor Signs Four Fire Safety Bills

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Legislation requiring all Illinois college dorms to have sprinklers installed within two years is one of four new fire safety bills Governor Pat Quinn signed into law yesterday.  The bill beefs up past legislation by instituting tougher penalties for post-secondary schools that don't comply, including a $1,000-a-day fine if sprinklers aren't installed by September 1, 2014.  Quinn also signed legislation encouraging fire protection districts to buy equipment built in the state.

Government
9:16 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Federal Court Denies Former Illinois Governor's Appeal

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A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.  The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 16-page ruling yesterday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence for corruption.  The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early.

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Government
9:07 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Kentucky Judge to Review Christian Health Care Case

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A judge has scheduled a hearing for later this month in a longstanding dispute between the commonwealth and a Christians-only health care plan.  The case pits the state Department of Insurance against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers across the country.  Lawyers for the state have asked Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to hold Medi-Share in contempt of court for continuing to operate in Kentucky.

Education
10:08 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Illinois Emergency Management Makes Tornado Video

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Illinois officials are encouraging school administrators and teachers across the state to talk to students about tornado safety when they return to classes this fall. To help get the message across, the state Emergency Management Agency has just released a video on tornado preparedness and is asking school administrators and others to watch it.  The agency says the video outlines steps such as identifying shelter space within school buildings and plans they can make to move students to shelter if there is a threat of a tornado.

Science
9:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Lyme Disease Underdiagnosed

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Kentucky health experts say Lyme disease is likely underdiagnosed in the commonwealth, in part because it is rarely seen in the state. The number of cases is rising nationally, but just five cases were reported in Kentucky in each of the past two years. Kentucky Department for Public Health policy specialist Mike Schardein tells The Courier-Journal that he believes there are several cases that haven't been confirmed because doctors don't test for it. Lyme disease is spread by the black-legged deer tick, rarely seen in Kentucky.

Education
8:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Student Loan Travel Money

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A new report from the Lexington Herald-Leader shows the former head of student loan agencies in Kentucky spent over $55,000 on travel and entertainment from 2010 to 2011. The newspaper obtained the expense reports of Edward Cunningham through the Kentucky Open Records Act. Cunningham was chief executive of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation until his retirement in April.

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