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Environment
7:16 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Federal Grants Help TN Landowners Conserve Wildlife

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Federal officials have set aside more than $1 million for Tennessee landowners who help conserve wildlife. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said owners of agricultural and forest land can apply by June 10 for funding under the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program. Grants are available to help eligible landowners and operators develop or enhance planned upland, wetland, riparian and aquatic habitat areas on their property.

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Government
4:18 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Doctor Shortage to Worsen Under Medicaid Expansion

A consulting firm says the planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage will worsen the state's physician shortage.

Deloitte Consulting is helping to set up the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced earlier this month that he will expand the state's Medicaid program to cover an additional 300,000 people, most of them the working poor without coverage.

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Environment
7:18 am
Wed May 22, 2013

KY Ranks No. 1 For WhiteTail Trophy Hunters

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A magazine says Kentucky is number one when it comes to whitetail deer hunting. The latest issue of Outdoor Life ranks the Bluegrass State as the top whitetail trophy state in the country. The publication says western Kentucky was especially noteworthy for producing a relatively high number of trophy bucks. In tallying the scores, Kentucky ranked second in the number of record-book bucks.

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Government
7:15 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Contract For KY Wildlife Chief Caps Pay

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Compensation for the head of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources would be capped at $218,000 for the next year under a new contract.   The state Legislature's Government Contract Review Committee will take a look at the contract next month. The contract sets Wildlife Commissioner Jon Gassett’s salary at $134,000 and adds $53,000 in benefits, pushing the total compensation package to $187,000.

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Government
7:13 am
Wed May 22, 2013

I-24 Welcome Center Reopening For Holiday

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Kentucky’s Interstate 24 welcome center in Christian County near the Tennessee state line will reopen today and remain open until after the Memorial Day holiday. The welcome center is for westbound I-24 travelers near Fort Campbell. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the facility will close May 28 for two more weeks to continue pavement work along the interstate between mile markers 85 and 93.

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Politics
7:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

IL Senate Panel Endorses Ammunition Limit

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Parents of two Sandy Hook elementary students killed by a Connecticut gunman last fall testified in favor of limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois. The Illinois Senate's Executive Committee voted 12-3 Monday to advance legislation banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Mark Barden is the father of seven-year-old Daniel Barden. Daniel was among 20 children fatally shot Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn.

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Education
7:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

UT-Martin To Offer Nursing Degree At Parsons

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The University of Tennessee at Martin says it will offer a degree in nursing at its Decatur County location beginning next year.  The center will have openings for up to 30 students annually, with 20 slots designated for traditional students and 10 slots for licensed practical nurses. Program graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. Initial funding for the program was included in this year's state budget.

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Government
7:23 am
Tue May 21, 2013

More Troops Due Back At Fort Campbell

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More soldiers are returning to Fort Campbell this week from Afghanistan. Officials say about 240 of the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team are due home tonight. The troops have been in Afghanistan for nine months. 170 members came home April 26th and an additional 90 returned Sunday night. Tomorrow, about 100 members of the 101st's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will complete the unit's return.

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Government
7:21 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Hickman Ferry Plans To Resume Today

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Almost a month to the day after it closed, the Dorena-Hickman Ferry expects to resume service today.  The ferry was closed April 22nd due to flooding. During the past year, the ferry has also struggled to operate with low Mississippi River levels. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the water dropped enough yesterday that crew members were able to clear debris from landings on each side of the river.

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Government
7:18 am
Tue May 21, 2013

KY Ex-State Workers Reprimanded For Ethics Violations

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Kentucky’s Executive Branch Ethics Commission has handed down public reprimands and fines to three former employees in the state Department of Agriculture. The panel took the action yesterday against Bruce Harper of Harrodsburg, Chris Parsons of Mount Vernon and George Begley of London.

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