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7:28 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Quinn Won't Say If He'll Sign Concealed Carry

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn won't say if he'll sign a concealed carry bill that lawmakers approved last week. He told reporters yesterday he's reviewing the bill. Quinn declined to say what parts, if any, of the proposal he agrees with. Quinn had faced a Sunday deadline to make his decision, but a federal appeals court granted the state an extension yesterday.

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Politics
7:26 am
Wed June 5, 2013

KY Public Television Host To Emcee Fancy Farm Event

Kentucky Educational Television host Ferrell Wellman will emcee the political speeches at this year's Fancy Farm picnic. Wellman typically presides over a panel of journalists appearing on the KET program "Comment on Kentucky."

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Government
7:25 am
Wed June 5, 2013

KY Settlement Checks Going To Borrowers Who Lost Home

The Kentucky attorney general's office says $11 million will be distributed to more than 7,000 eligible borrowers who submitted claims for mortgage servicing abuses. The participating servicers include Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.

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Environment
7:23 am
Wed June 5, 2013

TN Wildlife Commission Meets On Bear Hunt And Hogs

Credit wikipedia.com

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a specially-called meeting next week to discuss bear hunting and the incidental taking of wild hogs. Members of the public can attend the meeting June 10th at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville or attend a teleconference at TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Crossville or Morristown. The audience should be seated by noon central time.  The commission's next regular meeting will be June 27th and 28th in Nashville.

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Society
7:21 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Congressman Whitfield’s Father Dies

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield's father, Edward O. Whitfield, has died.  He passed away yesterday at the age of 89. According to the Congressman’s office, Whitfield’s father was employed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and its successor companies, the Seaboard System Railroad and CSX Corporation, for 44 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Cunningham, and a sister. Funeral services are planned for Friday in Hopkinsville.

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Government
4:18 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Quinn and Cullerton Meet Over Pensions

Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton have met to discuss the stalemate over a solution to Illinois' pension crisis, but House Speaker Michael Madigan didn't show up.

Aides to all three leaders had no details on Tuesday's roughly hour-long meeting in Quinn's Chicago office. Neither Cullerton nor Quinn addressed reporters.

Both the House and Senate remained deadlocked on a solution to the nearly $100 billion problem.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Daley to Decide on 2014 Illinois Governor Bid

The race for Illinois governor is more than a year away, but former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he’ll decide in the next week whether he’ll run.

The Chicago Democrat says he is talking with potential contributors to decide whether he’ll challenge Gov. Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary.

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Government
7:42 am
Tue June 4, 2013

IL Seeks More Time For Quinn To Review Gun Law

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a 30-day delay of a mandate for the state to enact a concealed gun carry law. In a statement yesterday, Madigan says she filed the motion in order to give Governor Pat Quinn time to review the legislation passed last week.

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Business
7:41 am
Tue June 4, 2013

KY Economic Development Representative In Japan Retiring

Tokyo native Jiro Hashimoto is retiring after 28 years as Kentucky's economic development representative in Japan. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear called Hashimoto a tireless advocate for Kentuckians, crediting him with securing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments from Japanese companies.

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Environment
7:36 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Beshear Asks EPA To Rethink Proposed Coal Regulations

Credit wikipedia.org

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants. Beshear made the request in a letter to the EPA last week. The Kentucky Democrat asked the EPA to drop the proposal that would require coal-fired power plants to meet the same emission standards as those that use natural gas or oil.

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