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6:52 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Western KY Ferry Closed For Mechanical Problem

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The Dorena-Hickman Ferry has been closed, and officials say it will probably be late today before service resumes. The problem is a mechanical issue, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says parts to repair the problem have been ordered. Kentucky and Missouri are the only Border States that aren't directly connected by a road, leaving the ferry as the only direct route between the two states.

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Environment
6:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

IL DNR Announces Dates For Waterfowl Hunting

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is proposing 60-day duck-hunting seasons for 2013 and 2014. The recommendations were made Wednesday and are subject to final approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later this summer. The IDNR proposes the 60-day duck hunts in all four waterfowl hunting zones in Illinois.

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Culture
6:49 am
Thu August 15, 2013

IL Crime Commission Produces Anti-Heroin Ads

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Illinois law enforcement officials are producing informational videos to combat what they say is an "epidemic" of heroin use. The Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League of Illinois announced Wednesday the videos will be made available to police, educators and public health officials.

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Politics
4:10 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

'Grannies for Grimes' Initiative Seeks Senior Vote

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is reaching out to senior voters with an initiative she's dubbed "Grannies for Grimes."

Grimes' 83-year-old grandmother, Elsie Case, will lead the effort. Case has appeared in campaign ads on behalf of her granddaughter and has been a regular at campaign appearances.

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Politics
7:32 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Ad Campaigns Heat up In KY GOP Primary

The American Chemistry Council is running a TV ad in Kentucky promoting Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell as a leader who knows how to get results in Washington.

The McConnell ad comes at a time when the five-term incumbent is being attacked by GOP primary foe Matt Bevin. The new ad is running in Louisville, Lexington and Bowling Green.

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Education
7:22 am
Wed August 14, 2013

TN Panel To Review Textbook Selection Process

The Tennessee Senate Education Committee plans a hearing in October to review the state’s textbook selection process for K-12 schools. Republican Senator Dolores Gresham of Somerville is the committee's chairwoman. She announced this week that the panel will review the role and work of the state's Textbook Commission and Tennessee laws governing textbook selection to help ensure an accurate and unbiased approach.

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Environment
7:18 am
Wed August 14, 2013

New IL Law Helps Prevent Flooding By 'Going Green'

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help Illinois communities prevent flooding by "going green." Quinn signed the bill yesterday in the Chicago suburb of Orland Park, one of the communities hit hard by flooding this spring.

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Government
5:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

TN Supreme Court Overturns Antiquated Rule

The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned an antiquated rule classifying statutory rape victims as accomplices. Yesterday the court issued a unanimous opinion to eliminate the requirement that testimony of the victim be corroborated by other independent evidence. The ruling upholds the statutory rape conviction of DeWayne Collier of Shelby County. He was convicted of having sex with a 14-year-old Arkansas girl. The high court had expressed interest in issues raised by Collier's case, including whether the victim of a sexual offense can be a criminal accomplice.

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Politics
5:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Paul Has 3 Stops Scheduled In KY This Week

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, back in his home state during a congressional recess, has a series of stops scheduled this week in Kentucky. The Bowling Green Republican is set to speak to business leaders at a luncheon sponsored by the Louisville Forum at noon tomorrow. Paul will also speak Thursday to the Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce at noon and do a meet and greet at the McDonald's Restaurant in Greenville at 3:45 p.m. 

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Arts
5:41 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Land Conservation Fund To Sponsor Video Contest

Kentucky students will have an opportunity this fall to help raise awareness of the state's "Nature's Finest" license plate programs. The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund is seeking creative and original videos from high school, college, trade or professional school students in the state.

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