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7:18 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Yarmuth predicts hard-hitting campaign by Grimes

KY Sec. of State Allison Lundergan Grimes
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Kentucky's only Democratic congressman predicts Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will run the most aggressive campaign that Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has seen from a challenger.  Grimes has kept a low profile since announcing her bid to unseat McConnell next year.  U.S. Representative John Yarmuth says Grimes will soon take the fight to McConnell in what's shaping up as Kentucky’s costliest race ever. 

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Government
3:41 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Ill. Senator Wants Handguns Banned from Churches

An Illinois state senator wants to add churches to the list of places where concealed guns wouldn't be allowed in new state law.

Park Ridge Democrat Dan Kotowski said he doesn't agree with a provision in the state's new concealed-carry law that allows guns in churches, temples or mosques. He filed an amendment to the law Monday and said he'll push for its approval.

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Government
8:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Grants awarded to 5 Ky. law enforcement agencies

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Five Kentucky law enforcement agencies, including two in our region, will share nearly $33,000 worth of grants to provide essential equipment for law enforcement officers..  The grants are being awarded through the state Law Enforcement Protection Program and administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  The money can be used to acquire body armor, weapons, ammunition and Tasers. 

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Education
8:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Lt. Gov. Simon presses for fewer college obstacles

IL Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging educators to do everything they can to remove obstacles such as higher loan rates that are keeping people from finishing college.  Simon is the state government's point person on education reform.  Last week, Simon was honored with the College Changes Everything Champion Award. The recognition is given out each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  In accepting the award, Simon said lower student loan rates will help older part-time students finish college. 

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Education
7:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Measure to Help Tennessee Students Attend Community Colleges

Tennesseans looking to attend a two-year public community college are getting some assistance.

Gov. Bill Haslam held a ceremonial bill signing yesterday at Chattanooga State Community College establishing an endowment of at least $35 million through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation for need-based students.

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Government
6:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Tennessee June Revenues $3.2M More Than State Budgeted

Tennessee’s Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says revenues in June were more than $3 million than the state budgeted.

Martin said in a release Thursday that state tax collections for last month were weak, but he said it marks the 11th consecutive month this year of positive growth in total collections. Sales tax collections were $100,000 less than the estimate for June, but franchise and excise taxes combined were $2.3 million more than budgeted. The general fund went over by $8.9 million.

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Society
7:57 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Christian County man pleads guilty in gun possession case

U.S. Courthouse in Paducah, KY
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A Christian County man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges, including having an Iraqi machine gun.  U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell set sentencing for 45-year-old Lawrence Bussell for October 10th in Paducah. Bussell entered his guilty plea Wednesday to charges of possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of firearms by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence.  In court, Bussell admitted having 13 firearms, including the Iraqi machine gun, which was of an unknown make and model. 

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Society
7:48 am
Thu July 11, 2013

IEMA: New mobile website available in emergencies

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Illinoisans can now use their smartphones or tablets to get information on emergency preparedness or where to get help in a disaster.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says it’s activated a new mobile version of its Ready Illinois website. The site has information about disasters, hazards, preparedness and recovery.  Jonathon Monken is IEMA director. He says the mobile website will be particularly helpful during disasters. He says it will allow people to get real-time updates about road closures, shelters and other critical information. 

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Politics
7:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Conway first speaker to sign up for 2013 Fancy Farm

KY AG Jack Conway at Fancy Farm Picnic in 2011
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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is the first statewide elected official to sign up to speak at this year's Fancy Farm picnic on August 3rd.  Conway is a potential 2015 gubernatorial candidate, and has been a regular in recent years at the picnic, which has historically been the place where Kentucky candidates kick off campaigns.  U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, have also been invited but haven't yet confirmed. 

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Government
7:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Illinois AG will seek damages from Apple

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the state will seek to recover damages from Apple Incorporated after a federal judge found the company violated antitrust laws.  A U.S. District Court judge in New York ruled Wednesday that Apple conspired with book publishers to raise electronic book prices significantly in spring 2010.  Madigan says Apple and the publishers forced book buyers to pay millions more for e-books than they would have otherwise.  She says Illinois will be one of 33 states and territories trying to recover damages in a second trial.

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