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Government
6:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

KY Judge Declines To Lift Death Penalty Injunction

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A circuit court judge who halted lethal injections in 2010 has declined to lift that injunction, ruling yesterday that a lawsuit brought by death row inmates over Kentucky's execution procedures has some unresolved issues.

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd denied a motion by state corrections officials to lift the injunction that halted executions.

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Politics
6:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Paul Touts Free Markets In Detroit

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says lower taxes could help revive Detroit, a city trying to emerge from bankruptcy.

The Kentucky Republican is speaking today to members of the Detroit Economic Club at MotorCity Casino.

Paul gave a preview to reporters yesterday, calling for "economic freedom zones" in cities with high unemployment like Detroit.

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Government
7:15 am
Thu December 5, 2013

IL Pension Bill Ready To Be Signed

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A bill aimed at fixing Illinois' hundred billion pension crisis is before Governor Pat Quinn.

A spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton said Wednesday that the bill had been sent to Quinn.

The bill that is estimated to save the state $160 billion over the next 30 years.The plan reduces benefits for current and retired public employees.

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Society
7:14 am
Thu December 5, 2013

McConnell Wins Award From National Organization

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was one of two political leaders who received the Crime Fighter Award from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network yesterday.

Democratic U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz of Florida also received the honor.

The group's president, Scott Berkowitz, credited McConnell's "extraordinary efforts" for a significant reduction in sexual violence.

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Government
7:47 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Copycat Healthcare Site Taken Down

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A website similar to Kentucky's health insurance exchange site has been taken down and no longer appears in Google search results after action by Attorney General Jack Conway.

The website was similar to Kentucky's official health insurance exchange site, and Conway's office said yesterday that some consumers trying to find the Kentucky site were landing at the copycat site instead and being given wrong information.

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Business
7:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

IL Central Railroad Fined By OSHA

Illinois Central Railroad Company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor for a number of safety violations and faces more than $100,000 in fines.

The department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it began an inspection after observing workers not wearing necessary safety gear while demolishing a Chicago bridge coated with lead-based paint.

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Government
7:44 am
Wed December 4, 2013

IL Legislature Sends Pension Deal To Courts

The fight over how to address Illinois' pension shortfall is likely to move to the courts following passage of a landmark bill.

The Illinois Legislature approved a measure yesterday to eliminate the state's $100 billion unfunded pension liability by cutting benefits for workers and retirees.

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign it promptly. Public employee unions say they'll file a lawsuit if he does. They say it violates a provision of the state constitution that prohibits cutting pension benefits.

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Government
7:22 am
Tue December 3, 2013

IL Lawmakers Meeting Over Pension

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Illinois lawmakers are set to consider a historic plan to solve the state's worst-in-the-nation $100 billion pension crisis.

The day will begin with a morning hearing where a bipartisan committee of lawmakers will discuss the proposal. Opponents and supporters also will get a chance to weigh in.

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Education
7:19 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KY Encouraging Use Of Old Tires

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is offering grants to schools and other organizations that want to use rubber mulch from shredded tires as bedding on playgrounds and athletic fields.

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Business
7:17 am
Tue December 3, 2013

PSC Worried 364 Area Code Could Cause Confusion

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The Kentucky Public Service Commission is urging caregivers to prepare the elderly in western Kentucky for the upcoming area code changes.

Mandatory 10-digit dialing in the current 270 area code goes into effect on February 1. The new 364 code will exist in the same geographic area as the 270 code.

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