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7:11 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Quinn Halts Funding For Future IL Capitol Renovation

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for future renovations at the Capitol, a pricey project that's already caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed. The Chicago Democrat told reporters yesterday that he's instructed his budget director to hold up appropriations for renovations that are yet to be done.

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Government
7:08 am
Wed September 11, 2013

TN Pay Offset Renewed For Active Duty State Workers

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has renewed an executive order to cover any loss of salary by state employees called to active duty by the National Guard or the Armed Forces Reserves. The measure requires government agencies and departments to extend military leave to state employees. It also requires those agencies to provide offsetting pay when the active-duty wages of their employees are less than their normal salary. Haslam had renewed the annual order twice before. Haslam's order is retroactive to August 26, when the last version expired.

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Culture
7:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Panel To Review State's New Science Standards

A legislative subcommittee is expected to weigh in on the state's new science education standards today. The Administrative Regulations Review Subcommittee meets at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Annex. That’s where it will either approve or reject the standards that have proven especially controversial in Kentucky. The standards, developed through a consortium of states with input from educators and scientists across the nation, were adopted by the Kentucky Board of Education in June.

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Business
5:59 am
Tue September 10, 2013

IL Gov. Claims 80K Jobs From Foreign Firms Since 2009

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit. The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns today.

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Government
5:57 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Farmer's Sister To Pay $6K Fine For Ethics Abuses

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The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has imposed a $6,000 fine against Rhonda Monroe, former assistant executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. That fine and an accompanying public reprimand were part of a settlement agreement with Monroe, the sister of former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. Members of the ethics panel approved the settlement yesterday.

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Government
5:54 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Beshear To Hold News Briefing On Health Reforms

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Gov. Steve Beshear has scheduled a news briefing for this afternoon to provide an update on efforts to implement federal health care reforms in Kentucky. The event is set for 12 p.m. central time at the Capitol. Beshear has been an advocate for the reforms that he says will provide access to medical care to more than 600,000 uninsured Kentucky residents.

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Government
5:52 am
Tue September 10, 2013

State Auditor Issues Fraud Alert To KY Retirees

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State Auditor Adam Edelen has alerted law enforcement to a fraudulent letter that has been sent to retirees in Kentucky. The letter claims the auditor's office has discovered that some 26,000 people were overpaid and that a field agent would contact them for repayment. Edelen says that isn't true, and he's concerned it could be part of a scam. Edelen says no collections are being sought. He said it's unclear how many retirees have received the letter.

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Politics
5:51 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Fleenor Signs On As Senate President's Attorney

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David Fleenor, who served as general counsel to former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, is back in Frankfort working as an attorney for Senate President Robert Stivers. Fleenor replaces Harland Hatter, who has taken a position in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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Politics
5:48 am
Tue September 10, 2013

McConnell Bypasses Bevin, Attacks Grimes Via Radio

Mitch McConnell is bypassing GOP primary challenger Matt Bevin in his latest attack. McConnell is taking on Democratic front-runner Alison Lundergan Grimes. McConnell came out yesterday with a new radio and Internet ad to try to draw a distinction between himself and Grimes on federal health care reforms, which he says need to be repealed in their entirety.

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Government
5:47 am
Tue September 10, 2013

IDOT To Seek Public Input On Transportation Plan

Illinois transportation officials are announcing a series of meetings to allow public input on the state's long-range transit plan, which runs from for 2015 through 2020. IDOT head Ann Schneider says the meeting for IDOT's District 4 will be at the agency headquarters in Peoria on Sept. 16.

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