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6:55 am
Mon September 30, 2013

IL State Police Struggling Over Gun Permits

The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.

A new law allows the carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.

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Government
6:53 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Fed Court To Hear Case Of Iraqi Sentenced To Life

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A federal appeals court is scheduled in November to hear the case of an Iraqi man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges while living in Kentucky.

The attorney for 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi will get to argue why he thinks his client's prison sentence should be reduced.

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Society
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Western Ky. Mine Settles Discrimination Lawsuit

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A western Kentucky coal company has agreed to pay $245,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that the company turned away African-American job applicants.

A statement from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said River View Coal will pay the settlement to a group of black applicants who looked for work at a Union County underground mine.

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Government
7:59 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KY State Police To Investigate Shredded LRC Documents

The Kentucky State Police will investigate whether any laws were broken when former Legislative Research Commission Director Bobby Sherman shredded documents in his Capitol office Sunday, two days after he resigned.

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Culture
7:57 am
Fri September 27, 2013

IL AFL-CIO Votes To Support Gay Marriage

The executive board of the Illinois chapter of the AFL-CIO is supporting gay marriage. The board voted yesterday in Chicago to urge the Illinois House to adopt the "Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act."

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Government
7:54 am
Fri September 27, 2013

KY Chief Justice To Update Lawmakers On Judiciary

Chief Justice John D. Minton Junior is scheduled to address lawmakers on the state of the judiciary next week in Hopkinsville. Minton will speak to the Interim Joint Judiciary Committee at 10 a.m. next Friday in the Christian County Justice Center.

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Environment
7:15 am
Thu September 26, 2013

IL Gets Federal Grant For Local Crops

Illinois will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce. Agriculture Director Bob Flider said yesterday the money will come from the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. It will be split among 12 projects focused on local produce.

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Environment
7:13 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Watchdog Group Wants Special Session On Pipeline

Government watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky is urging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session this fall.

The session would seek to pass legislation protecting private landowners from companies wanting to use eminent domain for a controversial pipeline project. The Bluegrass Pipeline is being built by Williams Co. and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Texas.

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Politics
7:08 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Ramsey: Little Chance In TN Of Carr Upsetting Alexander

Tennessee State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says he sees little chance of state Representative Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.

Ramsey cites his own experience as a 2010 gubernatorial candidate in which he was unable to overcome a vast fundraising disadvantage in the Republican primary won by Bill Haslam.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Senate President Hires Former Fletcher Aides

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Kentucky’s Senate President Robert Stivers has now hired two of former Governor Ernie Fletcher's aides to serve on his leadership staff.

Earlier this month, David Fleenor came on board as Stivers' attorney. Fleenor, who had served as general counsel to Fletcher, replaced Harland Hatter, who took a position in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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