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7:29 am
Tue May 14, 2013

USDA To Update Status Of Corn Plantings

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U.S. farmers are making the most of a respite from what has been a wet spring to get their corn crops planted. However, the pace still keeps them well behind schedule. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported yesterday that 28% of the nation's cornfields have been planted, up from just 12% a week ago. But the latest numbers are well short of the 65% of the crop that already was in the ground by this date over the previous five years. At this time last year, 85% of the corn was planted.

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Government
7:37 am
Mon May 13, 2013

ILL Is Last Holdout On Concealed Guns

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The courts, the Capitol and the clock are complicating a debate over how to end the prohibition on carrying concealed firearms in Illinois. A federal court ruling in December ordered the state to enact a law by June allowing public possession of guns. It decreed the state's ban unconstitutional.

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Politics
7:34 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Haslam Decision Due This Week On 'Ag Gag' Bill

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam must decide this week whether he will allow a bill to become law that requiring images documenting animal abuse to be turned over to law enforcement within 48 hours. Animal protection groups say the measure they’ve dubbed the "ag gag" bill is designed to prevent whistleblowers from collecting evidence of ongoing patterns of abuse. 

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Government
7:33 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Keller To Be Sworn In As KY Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court Justice Michelle M. Keller will be formally sworn in at a Capitol ceremony tomorrow.  The event is set for 11 a.m. Eastern in the Supreme Court Courtroom. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear appointed Keller to the high court in April to fill the unexpired term of Justice Wil Schroder who resigned in January due to health issues. Keller had served as a Kentucky Court of Appeals judge for the past six years. With Keller's appointment, three of the Commonwealth's seven Supreme Court justices are now women.

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Politics
3:19 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Rand Paul Begins Tour of Early Primary States

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Sen. Rand Paul, R. Ky., opened his presidential exploration tour Friday with a series of speaking engagements in Iowa.

Paul will then address a party banquet in New Hampshire and round out May with a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. He returns to Iowa in June, then heads to a South Carolina fundraiser.

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Government
2:33 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Kentucky Reports Decline in General Fund Revenue

Kentucky has huge declines in revenue from key tax sources despite a rebounding national economy. State Budget Director Jane Driskell released a monthly revenue report for April today showing corporate income tax revenue is down by nearly 90 percent.

Property tax collections fell 53.5 percent for the month. Cigarette tax revenue is down 22.2 percent. And collections from the all-important sales tax were off 7.3 percent. The two bright spots in the monthly report are a 5.5 percent increase in income tax revenue and an 18.6 percent rise in coal severance tax collections.

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Government
7:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

NTSB To Hold Hearing Bridge Collapse

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public hearing about the collapse of Eggner’s Ferry Bridge over the Tennessee River after a cargo ship struck it. The board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday morning of next week in Washington, D.C. to discuss the 2012 wreck near Aurora. Late The Delta Mariner caused a 322-foot section of the span to fall into the river.

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Politics
7:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Long Delay Of Farmer's Trial

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A prosecutor is objecting to delaying University of Kentucky basketball icon Richie Farmer's federal criminal trial until February. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief Thursday asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall. Farmer faces charges of misappropriating government resources while serving as agriculture commissioner.

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Government
7:52 am
Fri May 10, 2013

TN Collects More Revenues Than Expected

Tennessee State Finance Commissioner Mark Emkes says overall April revenues were $160.9 million more than the state budgeted. Emkes says total collections in April marked the ninth consecutive positive growth month this fiscal year. He said corporate franchise and excise taxes and collections from the Hall tax on income contributed substantially to the large over collection last month.

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Politics
7:49 am
Fri May 10, 2013

ILL Senate Approves Tighter Disclosure Rules

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The Illinois Senate is approving tighter rules for disclosure of public officials' economic interests. Park Ridge Democratic Senator Dan Kotowski's plan passed 52-1 yesterday. It's an initiative of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. The plan now moves to the House. It would require tens of thousands of public servants who file economic-interest statements annually to list outside sources of income, relationships with lobbyists and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public.

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