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8:04 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Cyberattack Entangles KY Education Department

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A cyberattack on the Kentucky Department of Education's Infinite Campus information network has kept thousands of parents from accessing online data about their schoolchildren. Officials say no private student data was compromised and workers were beginning to restore access Friday night.

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Government
8:01 am
Mon September 2, 2013

IL Lawmaker Term-Limits Re-Emerge For 2014 Campaign

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The issue of term limits for Illinois state lawmakers is about to be resurrected in connection with the accelerating campaign for governor next year. A political action committee chaired by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says it will unveil plans this week to ask voters on the November 2014 ballot to impose term limits.

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Politics
7:57 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Quinn Keeps Pushing To Raise IL Minimum Wage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is again making a push for raising his state’s minimum wage. The Chicago Democrat has been ramping up his 2014 re-election bid. Yesterday, he told members of a Chicago church that helping those who live in poverty is a biblical principle. Illinois last raised the minimum wage in 2010. The state's minimum wage is $8-25 and Quinn wants to bring it $10 an hour.

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Environment
7:22 am
Fri August 30, 2013

McConnell And Paul Push To Lift Fishing Restrictions

U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are pressing to permanently lift restrictions on fishing below dams along the Cumberland River. Earlier this year McConnell and Paul, with help from congressional colleagues, passed a law that would temporarily block a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal to erect barriers to prevent fishing in what anglers consider prime waters.

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Government
6:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KY State Police Work To Reduce Holiday Wrecks

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Kentucky State Police will be trying to keep the number of vehicle collisions down during the upcoming holiday weekend. With troopers' "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, the agency will increase enforcement and use saturation patrols and safety checkpoints to improve this year's Labor Day weekend statistics. State police say there were 1,532 crashes last year with 470 injuries and nine fatalities.

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Education
6:44 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KY Receiving Funds For Student Tests

Kentucky will receive nearly a half-million dollars to help pay advanced placement test fees for low-income students. The U.S. Education Department says the funds are part of $28.8 million being given to 42 states for the effort. The grants are based on the expected number of students who will take the tests and other factors. The grants are meant to pay all but $10 of the cost of each test.

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Politics
6:40 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Louisville To Host Southern Governor's Association

Governors from across the South will convene in Louisville Sept.  7-9 to discuss regional issues, particularly expanding the manufacturing industry. The Southern Governor's Association, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, will also look at a variety of other issues ranging from energy to infrastructure at the annual meeting to be held at the Seelbach Hotel.

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Politics
6:37 am
Thu August 29, 2013

IL House GOP To Consider New Leader Today

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Illinois House Republicans will consider electing a new leader today. The meeting at Springfield's Statehouse Inn follows House Republican Leader Tom Cross' announcement that he would be stepping down from his post to run for treasurer. State Reps. Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Raymond Poe of Springfield are both seeking the job.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Quinn Signs Bill To Regulate Use Of Drones In IL

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Illinois will allow the use of drones by law enforcement under a bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn signed the measure yesterday. Spokesman Grant Klinzman says the governor signed the law to protect people's right to privacy. Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

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Politics
6:46 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Grimes Gets KY Firefighters Endorsement

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The Kentucky Professional Firefighters Association has endorsed Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes for U.S. Senate. The Democratic front-runner received the endorsement yesterday. She is seeking to replace Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who is running for a sixth term.

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