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6:57 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KY Teen Driving Academy Starts This Month In Capital

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Kentucky State Police are holding the teen driving academy known as "Drive to Stay Alive" again this summer, and the deadline to apply is approaching. The program is specifically geared toward teenagers, and they must be 16 years old or older, be a licensed driver, have good communication skills and leadership traits and have school permission to participate.

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Government
6:55 am
Tue August 6, 2013

IL Gov. Quinn Signs 3 Traffic Safety Bills

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three road safety bills into law, including one beefing up adult drivers' education requirements. Another lets the Secretary of State's office reject driver's permits or licenses for drivers 18 years and younger who have pending citations. The law was prompted by a 15-year-old who was seriously injured when hit by a teen driver.

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Business
6:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Beshear Says KY 3rd In Car Production Nationally

Gov. Steve Beshear is bragging about Kentucky's standing as the nation's third-ranked automobile-producing state. Beshear said yesterday that only Ohio and Michigan produced more vehicles in the first half of 2013. And he said Kentucky is on pace to surpass last year's production total of more than 1 million vehicles. The second-term Democrat said growth in the automobile industry means more jobs and a stronger economy in Kentucky.

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Government
6:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KY Coal Counties Get State Refunds

Nearly three dozen Kentucky counties will receive refunds totaling more than $300,000 from coal mining permit and acreage fees. The 35 counties will get refunds ranging from $25 to more than $67,000, with 10 counties receiving more than $15,000. The state's Department for Natural Resources collects mining permit and acreage fees and returns a portion to coal-producing counties' fiscal courts for beneficial projects. Pike County will receive the largest refund of more than $67,000 , followed by Ohio County with more than $34,000.

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Society
7:18 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Paducah Art Project Confronts Bullying

Ten young women have stepped forward to add their voices — and faces — to the anti-bullying cry. The young women, all of whom have experienced bullying, posed for close-up portraits as part of the international Inside Out project in Paducah.

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Government
7:16 am
Mon August 5, 2013

IL Gov. Signs Bill Mandating Insurance For Athletes

A new law says Illinois schools must offer catastrophic insurance coverage for student athletes. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Sunday at Eisenhower High School in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island. Rasul "Rocky" Clark played football for Eisenhower until he was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled during a 2000 game.

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Government
7:14 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Western KY Airports Getting Federal Money

Two western Kentucky airports are receiving more than $1.7 million in funding for runway improvements. The Sturgis Municipal Airport in Union County is getting a total of $1.6 million for runway maintenance, and Muhlenberg County Airport will receive $167,000 for the design of a new partial taxiway and apron expansion.

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Environment
7:09 am
Mon August 5, 2013

KY Workers Battling Invasion Of Imported Plants

Kentucky has been invaded, and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is fighting back. Imported plants such as bush honeysuckle, autumn olive and European common reed, an exotic grass are being found across the Commonwealth.

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Business
7:32 am
Fri August 2, 2013

TN Supermarket Wine Supporters Tout New Study

Proponents of allowing wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores are touting a new study that they say suggests that the change would not be linked to increased crime or traffic fatalities. The study published in the journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy finds that if the total amount of alcohol consumed remains constant, a higher share of wine consumption would result in fewer traffic deaths.

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Society
7:31 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Local West KY Calls To Break In 10-digit Dialing

Local telephone calls in western Kentucky will soon require dialing 10 digits, but customers will have a six-month period to get used to the change, starting Saturday. The Public Service Commission says phone customers can use either seven or 10 digits when making calls in area code 270 until Feb. 1, when 10-digit dialing becomes mandatory.

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