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9:19 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Tennessee Department Seeks Accredidation

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The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hopes to become the first accredited state system focused on disabilities. Department Commissioner Jim Henry said the goal is to lead the nation in offering those types of services. A series of meetings will be held across the state targeting providers, families, and advocates. The DIDD became a stand-alone department in 2011 and will contract with the Council on Quality and Leadership to consult about accreditation. The three-year process will begin in August.

Government
9:14 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Quinn Signs Elderly Protection Laws

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new laws over the weekend aimed at protecting the elderly by increasing caregiver oversight and making it easier for authorities to respond to cases of abuse or neglect. One of the new measures allows prosecutors to ask a court to freeze a suspect's assets if they are charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person. It’s meant to keep a defendant from spending stolen money before restitution is collected. Another new law allows police and fire departments access to reports of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation against the elderly.

Environment
9:11 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Drought Conditions' Affect On Agriculture

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Kentucky agriculture is still reeling from a one-two punch of heat and dry conditions. And farmers are feeling the pain from the prospects of shrinking income and inflated expenses caused by weather-related setbacks. Corn fields are shriveled, especially here in western Kentucky where the dry spell has been worst. Poultry farmers are being hit with higher grain prices to feed birds. And pastures turned to stubble are forcing cattle producers to dip into hay reserves. State Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said it is a disaster affecting every segment of agriculture.

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Society
4:58 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Eggner's Ferry Bridge Lights Out Before Delta Mariner Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board says Kentucky had received a warning about downed lights on the Eggners Ferry Bridge a month before a cargo ship struck it collapsing a 300-foot span. 

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Government
9:45 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Fines Increase for Disabled Parking Tag Fraud

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Illinois legislation will raise fines for people that misuse disabled parking tags to $600 next year. The new law also imposes a $1,000 fine on any healthcare provider who knowingly falsifies the certification allowing someone to get a disability plate or parking decal. 

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Government
9:33 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Tennessee is Trying to Turn Research into Jobs

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Tennessee ranks 8th in the country for the volume of federal grants its university research centers receive, but those dollars are not paying off in terms of new products, companies and jobs. 

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Government
9:27 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Illinois Lottery Revenue Increases

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Illinois Lottery officials said sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30th topped $2.67 billion, a nearly 18 percent increase over the previous year. 

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Education
9:17 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Traveling Exhibit Highlights State Parks

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A traveling exhibit highlighting the 75th anniversary of Tennessee’s state parks is hitting the road for the next year, touring the parks and various communities. 

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Culture
9:13 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Illinois Sees Boost in Tourism

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Illinois had a record number of visitors in 2011, with more than 93 million tourists.  The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the state saw an 8.4 percent bump last year, bringing in over $31 billion for the state economy. 

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Government
9:02 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Six Die in Weekly Traffic Accidents

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A review of last week's traffic fatalities across the Commonwealth showed none of the victims were in cars. Kentucky State Police officials said six people were killed in traffic, four on motorcycles.  

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