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Education
6:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Beshear Elected Chairman Of Education Group

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the 80-member Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The board says Beshear will work with governors, lawmakers and state education leaders to improve public education student achievement. He succeeds Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for a one-year term. Beshear was elected during the SREB's annual meeting in New Orleans last week.

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Politics
3:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Stumbo Loses Redistricting Stay Bid

A three-judge panel has denied a request for a stay in two lawsuits asking that judges redraw legislative boundaries in Kentucky.

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo sought the motion for a stay. He says it's the General Assembly's job to set the boundaries.

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Government
7:07 am
Fri June 28, 2013

101st Seeking To Save 'Band of Brothers' Regiment

The 101st Airborne Division is trying to save their 506th Infantry Regiment, which traces its lineage back to the "Band of Brothers" of World War II fame, from the Army's massive restructuring. The Army announced earlier this week that at least 12 combat brigades across the country are to be eliminated in the coming years, among them the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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Environment
7:05 am
Fri June 28, 2013

TN And KY Getting White Nose Disease Grants

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Tennessee and Kentucky are getting maximum grants under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program to combat a disease that is killing bats. Tennessee and Kentucky will each receive more than $45,000. The agency awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million to 28 states.

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Government
5:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Quinn Scolds IL Lawmakers On Pension Problem

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is scolding lawmakers for not meeting sooner to hash out a solution to the state's pension crisis. Lawmakers from both parties held a first pension conference meeting yesterday. Quinn said at an unrelated event that lawmakers shouldn't have taken "their sweet time."

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Government
7:04 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Quinn: Bad Credit Costs Illinois $130 Million

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says his state will pay an extra $130 million in interest on a bond issue this week due to lowered credit ratings because the state has not been able to solve its pension crisis. The state sold $1.3 billion in bonds to pay for transportation projects around the state, including redevelopment of a Chicago mass transit line, road repairs and new buildings at university campuses.

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Business
7:02 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Pilot Lawsuits Could Be Shifted To Single Court

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A dozen federal lawsuits filed against the truck stop chain run by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam could be consolidated before a single judge. The cases stem from a federal investigation into alleged rebate fraud by the sales team at Knoxville-based Pilot Flying J, the country's largest diesel retailer.

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Society
7:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Smoke Alarms Distributed In High-Risk TN Areas

The state fire marshal's office says it has distributed more than 25,000 smoke alarms to homes in high-risk areas across Tennessee. Research and a risk assessment conducted by the office in 2011 showed that smoke alarms were present in only 28% of the residential fatal fires in Tennessee.

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Politics
7:06 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Haslam To Put Adviser Ingram On Campaign Payroll

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he will soon start paying adviser and lobbyist Tom Ingram out of his campaign account instead of from personal funds. Ingram, a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, ran Haslam's successful bid for governor in 2010. He has since advised the governor on a series of political and administrative issues, while at the same time lobbying on behalf of private clients.

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Government
7:04 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Bigger Posts Absorb Cuts As Army Downsizes

A new U.S. Army restructuring plan means Fort Campbell and Fort Knox will each lose an active duty combat brigade. The units to be eliminated by 2017 are Fort Campbell’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, currently deployed to Afghanistan, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox's only combat brigade.

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