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7:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ex-Ft. Campbell Army inspector accused of stealing troops' IDs

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A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been accused of stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars in bank loans.  The indictment handed down Wednesday alleges 42-year-old James Robert Jones used his position as an assistant inspector general to obtain personal information on Army officers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan. 

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Government
4:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

General Fund Revenue Up 3rd Straight Year in Ky.

Kentucky has ended the third consecutive fiscal year with General Fund revenue growth — continued good news for a state that had seen tax collections plummet during the economic recession.

Budget Director Jane Driskell said collections were up 2.8 percent to more than $9.3 billion for the 12-month period that ended June 30.

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Government
7:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Quinn: Inaction on pension "lets down taxpayers"

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down taxpayers.  Quinn set Tuesday as the deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible.  Quinn says there'll be consequences, but he's declined to say exactly what he'd do. 

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Government
7:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Beshear didn't know in advance of Grimes' campaign

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.  The governor says he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s. 

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Society
7:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Police: Rash of storm grate thefts in Madisonville

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Madisonville police are asking the public's help after a rash of storm grate thefts have left exposed holes around the city.  Lieutenant Jason Lutz says the thefts ran through May and June and roughly 30 grates have been taken. He says the thefts have left dangerously large openings exposed in the ground that could lead to injuries or damage to passing vehicles. 

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Science
11:58 am
Tue July 9, 2013

New Madrid Airborne Survey

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  The U.S. Geological Survey is conducting low-level flights across sections of the New Madrid earthquake seismic zone. The USGS will begin conducting the flights tomorrow over a 1,400-square-mile area across southeastern Missouri, northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee.

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Government
9:28 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Illinois lawmakers end third pension meeting

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An Illinois bipartisan panel has finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Governor Pat Quinn lapses without a solution.  The group has now asked for reports of the cost-savings of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday. Quinn gave the committee a deadline of today to achieve pension reform.  Lawmakers moved to form the committee after a compromise couldn't be reached last month. 

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Society
9:26 am
Tue July 9, 2013

THP cites 14 percent traffic fatality decline

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities on state roadways have declined nearly 14 percent for the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.   THP Colonel Tracy Trott says 436 people died in traffic crashes from January 1st through June 30th. 

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Government
9:24 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Quinn has until July 15 to sign key part of IL budget

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has yet to sign a bill that would put key pieces of the state budget in place.  Quinn has until July 15th to sign House Bill 214. If he doesn't, the Illinois comptroller won't have the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor is carefully reviewing the bill. 

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Government
9:16 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sandhill crane hunt to be considered again by TFWC

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will again consider instituting a sandhill crane hunt.  State wildlife officials will take public comment, and the commission will decide whether to allow crane hunting when it meets in August. This is the second time in three years that the agency has pondered such a proposal.  The Tennessean reports the commission considered a hunt in 2011 but deferred action on the proposal. 

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