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2:57 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Quinn Calls Special Session on Pensions

Illinois lawmakers will return to Springfield June 19 for a special session to solve the state's nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement of the special session comes as Moody’s Investor Service lowered the state's credit rating from A3 to A2. That’s just three levels above junk status.

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Education
1:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Transylvania Faculty Seeking President's Resignation

Credit transy.edu

Faculty leaders at Lexington’s Transylvania University are calling for the resignation of President Owen Williams in a 35-page document sent to the school's trustees and regents.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports three faculty leaders mailed the document this week on behalf of colleagues. The document accuses Williams of displaying a "dismissive and disrespectful" manner toward faculty, staff and students.

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Government
7:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

101st Commander To Discuss Sex Assault Prevention

The acting commander at Fort Campbell is convening a panel of experts today to discuss efforts to curb sexual assault and harassment within the 101st Airborne Division. The military has designated this week to focus on education and training as part of its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention program.

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Education
7:38 am
Thu June 6, 2013

TN Colleges To See Lowest Tuition Hike In Years

Credit newgre.org

Tennessee college students will see lower tuition increases thanks to improved state funding. The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations this week recommended increases of 3% for each of the state's 13 community colleges.  It also recommended a rise of between 1.5% to 6% for the Regents' six universities.

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Government
7:35 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New Illinois Lottery Game To Support HIV Treatment

A new Illinois Lottery game will benefit programs working to prevent the spread of HIV and help those living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2008, the lottery has contributed more than $4.7 million to such programs through various games. The new "Spread the Word" game is expected to raise another $1 million. All proceeds go toward prevention and treatment efforts.  The Illinois Department of Public Health will administer the grants.

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Politics
7:34 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Conway Gets Plum Gig To Emcee Democratic Dinner

Attorney General Jack Conway has landed a plum assignment as emcee of the annual Wendell Ford Dinner, a Democratic bash set for tonight in Louisville. The job will give Conway, one of a long line of potential gubernatorial candidates in 2015, face time with the state's top Democratic leaders who will attend the event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Lexington Democrat Considers Challenging Barr

A Lexington Democrat who helps needy Kentucky students prepare for college is considering taking on Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr when he comes up for re-election next year. Elisabeth Jensen, co-founder of The Race For Education, told The Associated Press that she's "very seriously" looking at the 6th District race.

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Culture
7:31 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Southern Baptist Ranks Dip Again As Baptisms Fall

Membership among Southern Baptists has fallen slightly for the sixth straight year. The nation's largest Protestant denomination released in-house statistics yesterday showing that total membership dropped .66% in 2012. The annual report prepared by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources and reported by the Baptist Press news service says there were 105,000 fewer Baptists in 2012 than the year before.

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Business
8:07 am
Wed June 5, 2013

USEC Sues DOE Seeking Funds For Decontamination

Credit http://www.usec.com/gaseous-diffusion/paducah-gdp

The United States Enrichment Corporation is suing the U.S. Department of Energy over 38 million dollars in fees it says is owed for work at its plants in Kentucky and Ohio.  USEC claims the federal government failed to properly reimburse them for work performed under contract at their Paducah and Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plants from 2003 through 2011. 

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Government
7:30 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Delinquent Taxpayers Could Lose Licenses In KY

People who fall behind on their income taxes in Kentucky are subject to losing state licenses to drive, practice law or even cut hair. The consequences came as a surprise to some state legislators who were unaware of the provision that was tucked into a law they passed on the final day of this year's legislative session.

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