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Education
7:35 am
Thu June 13, 2013

New App Provides Access To KY Education Information

Android phone and tablet users can access a new app that compiles content from the Kentucky Department of Education. The free KDE News app is meant to enhance communications on education-related matters across the state. The app is available through the Google Play Store. The app is designed to provide users with immediate access to information on the Education Department's website. It includes Kentucky Teacher Magazine, messages to superintendents and teachers, headlines, videos and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday's blog.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Haslam Names Burns Phillips New TN Labor Commissioner

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has named Burns Phillips the new commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The 64-year-old Phillips had been serving as acting commissioner of the department. He came over from the Finance Department where he was managing director of customer-focused government initiatives administration-wide.

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Politics
7:28 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Madigan Plans New Vote On IL Pension Plan

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is planning a fresh vote on his own plan to reform public-employee pensions despite a request from the governor for compromise with the Senate. The Chicago Democrat filed legislation yesterday identical to a bill the House OK'd last month but failed in the Senate. It doesn't mention a rival proposal by Senate President John Cullerton.

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Transportation
3:43 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Coalition Proposes Illinois Gas Tax

Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state's deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump.

The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-a-year plan is necessary to fund needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing legislation to replace the current 19-cents-a-gallon motor fuel tax with a 9.5 percent wholesale tax.

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Government
7:41 am
Wed June 12, 2013

TN May Revenues More Than State Budgeted

Tennessee State Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says overall May revenues were $31.5 million more than the state budgeted. Martin says the sales tax growth rate rebounded in May mainly because of the sale of building materials and purchases of new automobiles.

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Government
7:38 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KY State Police Training New Class Of Recruits

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Ninety recruits have reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy to begin a 23-week training program. Those completing the course will become the next generation of state police troopers. Captain David Jude, commander of the state police Academy Branch, says the historic dropout rate is 20%.

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Business
7:36 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KY Offers Help To Find Locations For Businesses

Kentucky may have just made it easier for businesses to find places to start, relocate or grow their operations. The Cabinet for Economic Development and the Commonwealth Office of Technology joined forces to create a Geographic Information System intended to give the state an advantage job creation.

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Environment
7:33 am
Wed June 12, 2013

TN Wildlife Commission Tweaks Bear Hunt Rules

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has tweaked changes to the bear hunting season. At a specially called teleconference on Monday, the commission changed a proclamation to prevent conflicts between user groups, including bear hunters taking part in scheduled bear dog hunts.

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Education
7:31 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KY Historical Marker Tells Of Union Army Officer

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A historical marker that tells about a Union Army officer who led a mass prison escape will be dedicated Saturday in Morgantown, where he was murdered in 1895. The marker tells the story of Maj. Andrew Graff Hamilton of Pennsylvania.

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Government
4:46 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Legislative Committee Reviewing Ky. Wildlife Agency

A legislative committee has ordered a review of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, one of the latest signs of a heightened vigilance of the agency's operations by lawmakers.

Sen. Christian McDaniel, co-chairman of the Program Review and Investigations Committee, said lawmakers are expected to be briefed on the status of that review during a meeting Thursday.

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