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Same-Sex marriage
6:09 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Military Veterans Join IL Push For Gay Marriage

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

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Forest Wildfires
7:33 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Fall Wildfire Season Starts In Kentucky


The fall wildfire hazard season has started in Kentucky. The season runs from October 1 through December 15. During that time, outdoor burning is prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland.

State Forestry Division Director Leah MacSwords says that with the last several weeks of dry weather, conditions are favorable for the spread of wildfires.

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Gun Laws
7:31 am
Tue October 1, 2013

IL State Police OK's Concealed-Carry Training

Illinois State Police has posted on its website a list of approved concealed carry firearms training curricula. The list has all skills required by the Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

It includes firearm safety; basic principles of marksmanship; care, cleaning, loading and unloading of a concealable firearm and transportation of a firearm.

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Fire Safety
7:28 am
Tue October 1, 2013

TN State Fire Marshal's Office Urges Escape Plans

The state fire marshal's office is encouraging Tennessee residents to create an escape plan in case they are ever faced with a fire in their homes.

In preparation for the Tennessee Fire Prevention Week kickoff on Friday, the Oak Ridge Fire Department launched a public service announcement about home escape plans directed at families across Tennessee.

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Health Care
7:26 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Enrollment For KY Health Coverage Set To Begin

Enrollment is set to begin for Kentucky's uninsured residents to sign up for health coverage as part of the federal health care law. The first phase of implementation opens today with the start of enrollment.

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7:18 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Search For New SIU President To Take Next Step

The Southern Illinois University system's governing board is taking the next step in searching for a replacement for the university's retiring president.

The Southern Illinoisan reports that the executive committee of SIU's Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday to name an advisory committee and to hire an outside search firm. Glenn Poshard announced in July that he plans to retire June 30 of next year, even though his contract expires in 2015.

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Historic Preservation
7:07 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Fancy Farm Church Makes List Of Historic Places

The rural church in Fancy Farm that's home to Kentucky's premier political event has been approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board approved the designation for the St. Jerome's Catholic Church complex on Friday.

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7:04 am
Mon September 30, 2013

TN Company To Help Provide Housing For Mentally Ill

The UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee is giving $1 million in grants to increase housing for Tennesseans with mental illness. Officials say the funding will help support development of appropriate housing for people who need a place to live after being discharged from a mental health facility.

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Road Work
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

I-69 Ramps At Dawson Springs Closing Temporarily

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Southbound travelers on Interstate 69 may need to change their route slightly while work is being done on ramps at Dawson Springs. The Transportation Cabinet says a contractor will close the southbound exit and entry ramps at the Kentucky 109 interchange starting today (Monday).

That's Exit 92. The ramps are being closed for about a week while connections for the new I-69/Kentucky 109 interchange configuration are built.

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6:57 am
Mon September 30, 2013

State Adds To Big Rivers Wildlife Area

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Forestry have purchased more than 4,200 acres of property in western Kentucky for $12.6 million dollars to preserve it for activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.

The two agencies purchased the property from the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky last week. Along with 2,488 acres acquired in Union County in 2011, the Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area and State Forest will cover more than 6,700 acres.

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