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11:51 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Ethics Panel Approves Richie Farmer's Plea Deal

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Kentucky's Executive Branch Ethics Commission has approved an agreement with former two-term Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to resolve administrative charges related to his management of the department. That agreement is part of an overall deal that will also resolve government corruption charges pending in state and federal court. 

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Government
7:39 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Charges Against Animal Control Officer Dropped

A judge has dismissed charges against a former western Kentucky animal control officer. Prosecutor G.L. Ovey requested the charges be dropped against Abigail Tucker after the Kentucky Supreme Court issued an opinion on August 29 that changed the way offenses can be listed on an indictment.

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon September 9, 2013

McWherter Not Making Repeat Run For Governor

Former Tennessee Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike McWherter says he will not make a repeat run for governor next year. McWherter, son of former Governer Ned McWherter, lost to then-Republican candidate Bill Haslam in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

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Government
7:34 am
Mon September 9, 2013

I-24 Welcome Center Closing In Christian County

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The westbound Interstate 24 welcome center in Christian County is closing for several days starting today. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the down time is needed to allow a finish layer of asphalt to be placed along westbound lanes as well as the welcome center entry and exit ramps. If weather permits the work to be done as planned, the welcome center should reopen sometime on Friday.

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Education
7:33 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Murray State Will Name Building For Businessman

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Murray State University will name a new building on its Paducah Regional Campus after Harry Lee Crisp, the late founder of a regional bottling company.  Crisp’s family and company recently gave $1.3 million dollars to support the university and the Paducah campus.

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Environment
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

TN Duck Hunting Begins This Week

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Tennessee’s Early hunting season for wood ducks and teal begins this week. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the season runs from this Saturday to September 18 with a daily bag limit of four, not to exceed two wood ducks.

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Government
3:56 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ky. Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Resigns

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Jonathan Gassett has resigned. Gassett had held the position since 2005.

Commission chairman Stuart Ray said Gassett submitted his letter of resignation Thursday evening, stating his intention to pursue outside interests.

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Politics
11:58 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Meeting Set To Review Sexual Harassment Complaints Against Kentucky Legislator

House Speaker Greb Stumbo
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A special Kentucky legislative committee investigating sexual harassment complaints against Democratic State Representative John Arnold of Sturgis will meet for the first time September 17th in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo announced the meeting today. Stumbo said the committee will elect a chairman and set up procedures for conducting the investigation.  Three female legislative workers have filed complaints against Arnold, alleging he touched them inappropriately and made vulgar comments.

The special committee could ultimately recommend Arnold's censure or expulsion from the Legislature.

Government
7:46 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Quinn 'Concerned' About IL Capitol's Copper Doors

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A spokeswoman for Pat Quinn says the Illinois governor is "concerned" about an architect's choice to use nearly $670,000 copper-plated wooden doors as part of a Capitol renovation project. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said yesterday that the governor believes any capital projects should be conducted in a "prudent and cost-effective manner." Critics have said the doors are too costly for the state when the Illinois pension fund is underfunded by $100 billion dollars.

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Government
7:44 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Haslam Announces TN Governor's Fellowship Program

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has created a fellowship program for college graduates. The Tennessee Governor's Management Fellowship is for applicants who want to learn under state government's top leaders. Applicants must have graduated from an undergraduate institution or graduate program between December 2011 and August 2014. Officials say they must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, a passion for serving their communities and outstanding character and leadership abilities.

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