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6:21 am
Wed September 25, 2013

TN Premiums In Health Overhaul Among Cheapest

Average premiums for Tennesseans seeking coverage under new health insurance markets launching next week rank near the lowest among the 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits that work like an up-front discount for most consumers, sticker-price premiums for a mid-range benchmark plan will average $245 a month, well below the national monthly average of $328 .

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Government
6:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

IL To Discuss Improving Contracting Program

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The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is conducting a study to collect information about contracting processes that might be unfair to under-served business communities. Central Management Services is encouraging everyone with an interest in state contracting to attend one of a series of meetings being held across the state.

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Government
6:26 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Committee To Gather Info On Temporary Sales Tax

Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Local Government will hear testimony tomorrow on a proposal to allow local governments to implement temporary sales taxes to fund specific projects. The idea is to allow ballot referendums on whether to temporarily impose a sales tax of up to 1 cent to pay for new parks, sidewalks, roads and buildings. Some 37 states already allow the tax.

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Culture
6:23 am
Tue September 24, 2013

TVA Donates To Monument For Ephraim Bank

The Tennessee Valley Authority is donating five thousand dollars to help create a monument to a Muhlenberg County man who became a significant figure in the War of 1812. The proposed statue of Ephraim Bank will be commissioned by Greenville and located in the downtown near the county courthouse. Known as the "Kentucky Long Rifleman," Bank fought in the Kentucky militia at the Battle of New Orleans.

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2014 Senate Race
12:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Marksberry Drops Democratic Bid For US Senate, Runs As Independent

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Democratic long-shot Ed Marksberry has decided to drop his bid for his party’s nomination and run as an independent for US Senate next year.

The Owensboro contractor said today he believes Kentucky needs an independent candidate who is not beholden to party leaders. Marksberry said his candidacy has been less about winning and more about influencing the political conversation, something he feels he can better achieve as an independent.  

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Government
6:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Road Work To Reduce Lanes On I-24 At Ohio River

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Motorists traveling on Interstate 24 between Paducah and Metropolis will encounter reduced lanes across the Ohio River starting today. The Illinois Department of Transportation says travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Then barriers will be added early in October to restrict maximum width to 12 feet, 3 inches. Highway contractors will be repairing joints, and the work is expected to take about two months.

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Environment
6:41 am
Mon September 23, 2013

TVA Seeks Volunteers For Public Lands Day Events

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday. TVA says it is sponsoring volunteer activities around the Tennessee Valley. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. Interested volunteers should visit www.tva.com or contact the TVA Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263.

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Government
6:39 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Judge Says Ex-Sheriff Can Stay Free During Appeal

A federal judge is allowing former Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton to remain free while he appeals his conviction on two counts of witness tampering. U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley concluded that Eaton has raised two reasonable issues that could result in his winning a new trial. Eaton had been scheduled to report to federal prison by Sept. 30 to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence.

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Politics
6:37 am
Mon September 23, 2013

IL Democratic Slating Inspires Talk Of Party Unity

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has called for the party to band together and work as a ticket despite recent clashes among top Democrats. His comments came Sunday during the state Democratic party's meeting to slate statewide candidates for the 2014 primary. The 23 state central committeemen unanimously voted to give the party's official endorsement.

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Politics
6:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Paul: We Probably Can't Get Rid Of 'Obamacare'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says President Barack Obama's health care law probably can't be defeated or gotten rid of. And he's suggesting there are few ways and little time for him and other congressional Republicans to stop it.

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