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Sports
7:29 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Longtime Western KY Sports Writer Dead At 46

Longtime western Kentucky sports writer Joey Fosko has died after suffering an apparent heart attack. The Paducah Sun , where Fosko had worked 27 years, reported his passing at age 46 on its website yesterday. Fosko joined the Sun in 1986, covering high school sports. As of yesterday, arrangements were incomplete.

Politics
7:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Beshear: KY Congressional Redistricting May Be Redone

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session. That's because lawmakers who’ve been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count.

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Government
12:36 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Madigan Seeks to Delay Ill. Gun Plan a Second Time

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide whether to appeal a lower court's order saying citizens should be allowed to publicly carry concealed guns.

Madigan already got one extension — until June 24 — to challenge the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said a ban on concealed firearms is unconstitutional. Now she wants until July 24.

Madigan filed the request late Friday.

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Government
7:43 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Inspector General Confirms Wildlife Agency Probe

Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has come under scrutiny in the past few weeks. Last week a legislative committee has ordered a review of the agency while another committee delayed a vote on a contract for the new wildlife commissioner, Jon Gasset. This weekend the Kentucky Cabinet for Public Protection said it is investigating the agency.

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Business
7:34 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Union Miners And Supporters To Rally Again In St. Louis

Retired coal miners and their supporters are planning another rally in downtown St. Louis this morning in an ongoing dispute with Patriot Coal. The rally will be held in Kiener Plaza, with United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts expected to take part. St. Louis-based Patriot Coal wants to make significant changes to health benefits for retired miners and reduce pay and benefits for current workers. The company says the moves are necessary for survival. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has given Patriot the go-ahead for its changes.

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Government
7:32 am
Mon June 17, 2013

KY Personnel Cabinet Revamps Websites

State workers and job seekers have a revamped website to provide career information they may need. The Kentucky Personnel Cabinet says its website is at the same location — Personnel.ky.gov — but provides streamlined content, quick navigation options based on customer needs and advanced search functions.

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Government
7:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Free HIV Testing Events Scheduled in KY

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Some community-based organizations and local health departments in Kentucky are hosting free test events for HIV this month, as National HIV Testing Day is marked on June 27. The goal is to let individuals learn their status and be linked to services if needed.

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Politics
7:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Pension Fight Shows Democratic Leader Differences

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The Democratic-controlled Illinois Legislature is scheduled to address pensions again this week during a special session, but it's unclear if a solution is in reach. Gov. Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield after the legislature adjourned last month without settling on a fix for the state's $97 billion liability. The unfunded obligation to retired employees continues to grow by an estimated $17 million a day.

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Politics
7:27 am
Mon June 17, 2013

TN GOP Supermajority Struggles To Find Footing

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam began the year by dismissing what he called a "caricature" of Republicans struggling to manage their supermajority in state government. But by the end of the legislative session, infighting among the GOP led several key legislative proposals to go off the rails.

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Business
4:35 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Western Kentucky Coal Mine Discrimination Suit Close to Resolution

A lawsuit against a Union County coal mine accused of discriminating against black job applicants appears to be nearing a settlement. River View Coal is a subsidiary of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the coal mine in 2011.

An attorney for the EEOC, Aime McFerren, said today that a settlement has not yet been reached and attorneys continue to work on a resolution. Court records indicated the parties reached an "amicable resolution" in late May, and it has been removed from the active docket.

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