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7:20 am
Tue October 8, 2013

TN Data Shows High Number Of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Credit womenshealth.gov

New data from the Tennessee Health Department shows more drug dependent newborns in the first nine months of this year than in all of 2011.

By the first week of this month, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 two years ago. Commissioner John Dreyzehner says at that rate the department is projecting more than 800 drug-dependent newborns by year end.

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Education
7:17 am
Tue October 8, 2013

IL Board Announces Education Funding Hearings

The Illinois State Board of Education is announcing a series of public hearings as it re-examines school funding. The first hearing will be held in Carbondale on Oct. 23 and is followed by others in Macomb, Champaign, Grayslake and Chicago.

Hearing participants will be asked to detail the value of the programs and services they feel are vital to education in Illinois.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Illinois Pumpkin Farmers Enjoy Bumper Crop

Illinois farmers say this year’s pumpkin harvest should produce a bumper crop. Farmers in the nation’s top pumpkin producing state say the bountiful harvest is due to a wet spring and dry late-summer weather.

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Drug Use
6:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Less Prescription Abuse Among KY Teens

A new study has found a dramatic drop in the number of teens abusing prescription drugs.

The Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal reported on results of the 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention School Survey released Friday.

It found that since 2008, prescription drug abuse dropped from 15.2% to 9% among high school seniors and from 6.5% to 2.9% among eighth graders.

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ACA
6:41 am
Mon October 7, 2013

2nd Lawsuit Filed Over TN Health Adviser Rules

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A library assistant and a home health aide have filed a federal lawsuit over Tennessee's rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The women and their union, Service Employees International Union Local 205, ask for a temporary restraining order prohibiting the rules from being enforced.

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Government
6:38 am
Mon October 7, 2013

PVA Test Offered For Candidates

People interested in running for property valuation administrator in Kentucky counties next year can take the required examination to qualify next month in Lawrenceburg.

The exam will be given on November 8 at Eagle Lake Convention Center. Applicants passing the test from those counties will be eligible for appointment for the remainder of the 2010-2014 term and to seek election in 2014.

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School Prayer
6:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

ACLU-TN Advises Schools On Game Day Prayers

Praying for your high school football team is OK. But the American Civil Liberties Union says those before-game prayers should not be sponsored by public schools.

The Tennessee chapter of the civil rights group sent a letter to 135 school systems this week saying it has learned that a number of Tennessee high schools are sponsoring prayers at their games.

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Politics
11:20 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Sen. McConnell Criticized Over Campaign Finance Case Involvement

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has inserted himself into the latest campaign finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.  

McConnell's involvement has spurred groups opposed to special-interest money in campaigns to take to the airwaves to criticize him.  Non-profit groups Public Campaign Action Fund and USAction launched a television ad Friday across much of Kentucky.  The 30-second ad is critical of McConnell's role in asking the court to strike down limits on campaign contributions.  The commercial warns the result would set off an unlimited influx of campaign cash from lobbyists, bankers and Big Oil executives.  

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Government
6:24 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Fort Campbell Drops Retiree Appreciation Day

Fort Campbell has canceled Retiree Appreciation Day, saying the government shutdown makes the event impossible.

Garrison Commander Col. David Dellinger says a review of what services would be available would not make it worth the time for retirees to travel to the military post.

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Education
6:21 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Haslam Pledges To Increase TN Teacher Salaries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has pledged to improve teacher salaries over the next several years. Haslam said at a news conference yesterday that by the time he leaves office he wants teacher salaries to have grown more than in any other state.

The Republican governor is up for re-election for a second four-year term next year. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman joined Haslam and said the administration will review national state-by-state salary data to see that Tennessee's are just as competitive.

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