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7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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Government
7:33 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Opens New Emergency Operations Center

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear opened a new emergency operations center Monday that has been built to withstand any weather catastrophes that hit the state, including winds of up to 250 mph.

Beshear says the $11.8 million facility in Frankfort will be a lifeline to all of Kentucky's 120 counties in times of trouble.

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Government
7:31 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Kentucky Awarded $2.8M in Security Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kentucky nearly $3 million in grants that will be distributed to agencies across the state.

The $2.8 million in grants will fund 119 projects. Governor Steve Beshear’s office says the money will fund training, citizen preparedness and equipment for first-responders, communications and infrastructure.

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Politics
7:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

McConnell Gains Support of Another Tea Party Leader

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has gained another tea party endorsement with Sen. Marco Rubio declaring his support earlier this week.

Rubio stated his support for McConnell’s re-election on FOX News Sunday. McConnell and his GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin have been competing for tea party endorsements.

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Government
6:56 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Furloughed Illinois Workers Must Repay Unemployment

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Illinois officials say federal employees in the state who were furloughed during the government shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits.

Illinois Department of Employment Security says preliminary data shows of the almost 3,000 workers who applied for unemployment insurance 577 were paid benefits that total more than $231,000. The department says it’s sending those employees notices that the money must be repaid. If it isn’t, department officials can take steps to recover the money like garnishing tax refunds.

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Government
6:41 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Audit Shows TVA Overbilled for Ash Spill Cleanup in Tennessee

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s inspector general says a company overbilled the federal utility for cleaning up a 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane, Tenn.

The inspector general’s office audited TVA’s bills from London-based AMEC Environment and Infrastructure Inc. and found it overbilled TVA nearly 2.2 million dollars. A summary of the report says AMEC loaded coal ash onto rail cars or trucks for off-site disposal under terms of a contract with TVA.

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Government
7:57 am
Mon October 21, 2013

TVA Advisory Council to Hold First Meeting

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s new Regional Energy Resource Council is holding its first meeting Wednesday.

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Environment
7:36 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Big Rivers Wildlife Area Addition Being Dedicated

A massive addition to the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest is being dedicated this week. The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is meeting with lawmakers, local officials and funding partners Wednesday on the more than 4,000 acre property.

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Government
7:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Panel Opens Applications for Tennessee Judicial Vacancies

The application process for upcoming judicial vacancies in Tennessee is open after Gov. Bill Haslam created a new panel to vet applications. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and Appeals Judge David Farmer are not seeking another term in 2014.

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Government
7:05 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Kentucky Towns Concerned About Funding Cuts to River Gauges

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Officials in some towns along Kentucky's rivers are worried about being left blind the next time a waterway reaches overflow levels because of spending cuts.

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