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7:43 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Quinn Asks IL Lawmakers To Combine Pension Plans

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve both rival plans on how to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But it's unclear if legislative leaders will agree. Quinn made the request yesterday in a meeting in Chicago with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

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Politics
7:41 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Independent KY Election Group Pays Fine To Resolve Allegations

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An independent political group that backed David Williams' failed bid to become Kentucky governor has paid a $4,500 fine.  The fine imposed against the group Restoring America is part of an agreement to settle allegations it improperly shielded the identity of its major contributor leading up to the 2011 election.

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Education
7:38 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Beshear Heralds 77.2% Graduation Rate

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is praising Kentucky educators and others for their part in improving the state's graduation rate, which rose from 63.7% in 2000 to 77.2% in 2010. That moves Kentucky well ahead of the national graduation rate of 74.7%.

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Society
7:35 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KY Roadway Fatalities Down From A Year Ago

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Kentucky State Police say the statewide highway death toll is down from a year ago. Through last Sunday, preliminary statistics show 251 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roads in 2013. That's 79 fewer than during the same period a year ago. State police say that of the 201 motor vehicle fatalities this year, 99 victims were not wearing seat belts.

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Business
7:34 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KY Group Starts Radio Ad Opposing Proposed Rate Hike

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A coalition of western Kentucky utility consumers has launched a radio ad campaign to oppose a proposed rate increase sought by Big Rivers Electric Corp. The ads also encourage consumers to attend public hearings this week on the proposed increase. If the proposal is approved, electric customers could see their bills increase by nearly 20%.

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Government
7:33 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Thousands Of Illinoisans To Share Mortgage Relief

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Nearly 30,000 Illinois borrowers soon will receive checks as part of a landmark multistate settlement with five U.S. banks over foreclosure abuses. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Monday that borrowers can expect a total of $43.3 million in relief payments. The average check will be about $1,500. Eligible borrowers lost their homes to foreclosure from 2008 through 2011 and had their mortgages financed by Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC.

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Politics
7:31 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Green Appointed To Interbranch Affairs Committee

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Tennessee State Senator Mark Green has been appointed to the Council of State Government Interbranch Affairs Committee.  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey appointed the Clarksville Republican this week. The committee brings together leaders from across the country to focus on ways the branches of state government can work together.

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Environment
7:30 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Beshear Tells Obama KY Wants To Explore Hemp

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has told President Barack Obama Kentucky wants to explore industrial hemp production. Beshear sent a letter to the White House last week, asking that the Office of Drug Control Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. attorney general's office work with the Drug Enforcement Administration to identify economic opportunities that wouldn't negatively impact drug eradication efforts.

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Government
3:27 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Kentucky's General Fund Revenue Increases in May

The state's top budget official is reporting an 8.3 percent increase in General Fund revenue in May, largely thanks to improved collections from the sales tax, individual income taxes and property taxes.

Budget Director Jane Driskell released a monthly revenue report on Monday. The report showed property tax collections increased by 75.2 percent in May. Individual income tax receipts rose by 8.3 percent. And sales tax receipts were up 5.2 percent.

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Wildlife
12:47 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Snake Fungus Found in Tennessee

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Wildlife biologists say a fungal disease that affects snakes has spread to Tennessee. The affliction can interfere with a snake's vision and, in some cases, deform a snake's head, making it difficult for it to feed.

WPLN radio reported the fungus has been found in Tennessee only on timber rattlesnakes.

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