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Business
7:22 am
Thu August 22, 2013

KY High Court Considers Instant Racing Challenge

The Kentucky Supreme Court will soon decide whether Instant Racing is similar to betting on live racing or illegal gambling.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu August 22, 2013

IL Emergency Management Agencies Receive $4 Million Grants

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced $4 million in grants yesterday for 121 city and county emergency agencies. The Emergency Management Performance Grants are funded through a grant Illinois receives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grants are awarded annually and can be used for day-to-day operations.

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Politics
6:22 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY Gov. Blasts Scott Over Recruitment Tactic

Credit governor.ky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is ripping into Florida Governor Rick Scott over what he calls a "crude" effort to lure businesses to the Sunshine State. On Monday Beshear sent a letter to Scott criticizing the Republican governor's attempt to get companies to relocate. He called the effort in "poor taste" and also said some of the information Scott sent to Kentucky businesses was misleading and false.

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Culture
6:20 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY High Court To Take Up Instant Racing Challenge

The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to step into a long-running dispute over whether a slot machine-like device is legal in the state. The justices will hear arguments starting at 10 a.m. today from the state and The Family Foundation, which is challenging the Instant Racing game. Each side will have 30 minutes to make its case.

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Education
6:18 am
Wed August 21, 2013

KY ACT Results Lagging National Levels

This year's Kentucky high school graduates fell short when measured against national results for ACT college readiness benchmarks but the state is making improvements. In English, reading, mathematics and science combined, 18% of Kentucky's Class of 2013 achieved college readiness, compared with 26% nationally. The results were released today. Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says students and teachers have made progress during the past five years.

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Government
6:15 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Simon Urges Testimony At IL Budget Hearings

Credit Chicago Press Release Services

Illinois Lt. Gove. Sheila Simon is urging taxpayers to comment at public hearings about funding for state-run programs and services. The Budgeting for Results Commission will take testimony from the public today at the Illinois Department of Transportation office in Collinsville.

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Coal
3:04 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Judge OKs Patriot Coal, Miners' Union Deal

Patriot Coal has a bankruptcy judge's go-ahead to enter into a new labor agreement with the nation's biggest miners' union, ending a long, acrimonious dispute.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kathy Surratt-States on Tuesday granted St. Louis-based Patriot's request to put in place the collective bargaining deal ratified Friday by the United Mine Workers of America.

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Politics
7:26 am
Tue August 20, 2013

KY House Panel To Take Up Redistricting Bill

Credit Kentucky LRC

The Kentucky House will try to keep legislative redistricting on a fast track on the second day of a special legislative session.

The House State Government Committee is scheduled to take up a redistricting bill today. House and Senate leaders are hoping to wrap up redistricting work Friday. It takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill in the Commonwealth.

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Government
7:24 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Quinn Boosts IL Interstate Speed Limit To 70 mph

Illinois Motorists will be able to drive a little faster on Illinois' rural interstates under legislation signed into law yesterday by Gov. Pat Quinn, a move that puts that state in line with dozens of states that already have a 70 mph or higher speed limit.

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Politics
7:21 am
Tue August 20, 2013

TN Sen. Corker Criticized For Working With Democrats

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee insists his willingness to work with Democrats doesn't make him a moderate, but ardent conservatives think otherwise. According to The Tennessean the Republican came under fire throughout an eight-stop swing through Middle Tennessee during the congressional recess earlier this month.

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