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Education
12:42 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Illinois’ Writing Test Back, But Without Funding

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Illinois high school juniors will be given a writing test for the first time in years next spring.

The test will be part of annual standardized tests, but lawmakers haven’t given the state board of education the money to pay for the essays.

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Environment
10:31 am
Thu July 4, 2013

High Rainfall Keeps TVA Electricity Prices Down

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The Tennessee Valley Authority is pumping out a record amount of electricity from it's hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.  The free power source along with the wettest year in nearly two decades is saving TVA 10 % on its July fuel bills. 

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Business
7:19 am
Thu July 4, 2013

KY High Court To Hear Case Over Instant Racing

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments in August over whether a slot machine-like device, known as Instant Racing, is legal in the state. The high court yesterday set a hearing in the case for Aug. 21 in Frankfort. The state and The Family Foundation, which is challenging the game, were given 30 minutes each to make their case.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu July 4, 2013

IL Halts Roadwork To Speed July 4th Traffic

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Illinois has suspended non-emergency roadwork to help keep traffic moving over the July 4th holiday weekend, the most heavily traveled summer holiday. The Illinois Department of Transportation says the halt to construction began yesterday afternoon and will continue through Sunday.

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Government
7:16 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Beshear 'Disappointed' By DOE Request For Offers

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The U.S. Energy Department has issued a request for offers for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a move that Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said "disappointed" him. Beshear said the request issued yesterday will delay a decision on the facility's future and that of its 1,100 workers.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Law Allows Some 17-Year-Olds to Vote in Primaries

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law that allows some 17-year-old Illinoisans to vote in primary elections.

The measure says that if the teenager will be 18 by the general election, they can vote in the primary.

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Politics
6:42 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Judd Ready To Support Grimes Against McConnell

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Actress Ashley Judd says she's "ready to fight" beside Democrat Kentucky secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes, who announced this week that she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Judd, who had considered the race herself, showed her support for Grimes in a tweet yesterday. Judd wrote, "Even in thick woods outstanding news filters through.

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Government
6:39 am
Wed July 3, 2013

IL Legislative Committee Holds Second Pension Hearing

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An Illinois legislative committee working to forge a compromise on the state’s $97 billion pension crisis is holding its second public hearing. The 10-member bipartisan committee is scheduled to meet today in Chicago. Members will hear testimony from civic organizations and others on how to address the pension debt.

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Politics
7:16 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Quinn To Amend Concealed Carry Bill Today

The sponsor of Illinois' concealed carry bill says Gov. Pat Quinn will use his amendatory veto powers to rewrite the measure. Democratic State Rep. Brandon Phelps says the governor's office told him Quinn would issue the amendatory veto today. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson declined to give details about Quinn's decision, saying only that "the governor will act in the interest of public safety."

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Government
7:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Law Enforcement Taking Part In 'Blue Lights'

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Kentucky Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says law enforcement officers will be working with his office to clamp down on traffic violations this month in a project called "Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass." The number of traffic fatalities in Kentucky has been dropping, but the Transportation Cabinet says there was a spike in June compared with the previous year.

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