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Environment
6:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KSEC Pushes Universities on Renewable Energy

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is making its voice heard across the state on energy issues.

The activist group is planning to petition for a sustainable projects fund at Murray State tomorrow.

KSEC also plans a demonstration at the University of Kentucky basketball game in Lexington to protest the use of coal severance funds in the renovation of Rupp Arena.

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2014 Senate Race
7:19 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Grimes Picks Up Labor Endorsement

Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has picked up an endorsement from organized labor on the same day the Kentucky senator she wants to unseat is pushing a national right-to-work proposal opposed by unions.

The proposal being co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell would prohibit requiring workers to pay union dues or fees. 

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Government
7:16 am
Wed November 6, 2013

IL House Passes Same-Sex Marriage

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says his state is an example for the nation after the House approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Democrat says he'll sign the bill when it gets to his desk.

He says Illinois is on the right side of history and took a stand for equal rights. The House approved the measure 61-54 Tuesday.

Quinn watched the floor debate which lasted more than two hours.

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Government
7:14 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Dept. Of Corrections Using Mobile App For Offenders

There's a mobile app that notifies crime victims about changes in the status of criminal offenders in Kentucky. The free app is called "VINEMobile."

The state Department of Corrections says it allows people to use smartphones or tablets to register and be notified of changes in an offender's custody status, such as a release, parole eligibility or escape.

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Government
7:14 am
Tue November 5, 2013

IL Lawmakers In Final Days Of Session

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Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session.

The action kicks off with hearings today on corporate tax incentives and stricter gun penalties in the Illinois House. Same-sex marriage legislation could also come up for a vote in the coming days.

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Environment
7:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery

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Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.

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Business
7:09 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Appeals Court To Weigh In On Liquor Sales

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A federal appeals court is set to consider the validity of a ruling striking down Kentucky's seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for November 19 in Cincinnati in an appeal brought by the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Department.

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Society
6:49 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Area Code Going Into Effect For Region

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Mandatory 10-digit dialing is on its way for telephone customers in western Kentucky as part of the new 364 area code being added in the region.

The state Public Service Commission says the area is halfway through a transition period that allows customers to become accustomed to the new dialing patterns.

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Government
6:47 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Engineer Battalion Moves To Fort Campbell

An engineer battalion has a new home at Fort Campbell. The 326th Engineer Battalion moved from Fort Hood in Texas.

The battalion, which is known as the Sapper Eagles, is joining the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team. The battalion joins the brigade's ranks before it integrates with the brigade's 1st Special Troops Battalion into the 326th Brigade Engineer Battalion in April.

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Government
6:45 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Corrections Officers Asking For More Pay

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A union representing Kentucky corrections officers plans to meet to discuss a push for higher pay.

The Lake Barkley #60 Fraternal Order of Police is set to meet today at Lee Jones Park in Eddyville.

Union President Larry Bland told WPSD the state needs to find a way to pay more to its underpaid and overworked corrections officers.

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