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Government
7:33 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ILL Seeks Federal Assistance With Floods

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Illinois and U.S. officials are collecting information to assess that state's flood damage. The data will go into Gov. Pat Quinn's request for federal assistance. If Illinois gets federal help, that could mean grants and low-interest loans for those affected by flooding. 

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Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KY Bourbon Tops One Million Barrels

The amount of bourbon produced by distillers in the Commonwealth has topped a million barrels for the first time in nearly 40 years.  The Kentucky Distillers' Association says 1,007,703 barrels were filled in 2012. The last time totals went over a million was in 1973. The group says bourbon production is up more than 120 percent since 1999. The distillers' association promotes and lobbies on behalf of the bourbon industry.

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Business
7:29 am
Tue April 30, 2013

ILL Approves Health-Care Co-Op

A new nonprofit organization, Land of Lincoln Health, is receiving an insurance license from the state of Illinois. The credential clears the way for the organization to offer health insurance coverage in the state in 2014 when the national health overhaul law goes into full effect.

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Education
7:27 am
Tue April 30, 2013

KY Creates New Education Position

The Kentucky Department of Education has created the new administrative position of chief of staff. The department announced yesterday Madison County superintendent Thomas Floyd has been named to the position, which pays $131,000 a year.  Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says the position is needed because of new initiatives related to state-mandated public school reforms and the No Child Left Behind waiver. The chief of staff will also work with what Holliday calls stakeholders and partner groups.  Floyd has been head of Madison County schools since 2008.

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Environment
8:18 am
Mon April 29, 2013

TN Counties Have Flood Warning And School Closings

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

Heavy rain and localized flooding has caused problems in northwestern Middle Tennessee. The National Weather Service says up to 6 inches of rain fell in Stewart County, on the Tennessee River. County school systems in Stewart and neighboring Houston counties called off classes today because of flood damage. No injuries were reported. Shelters were opened for a time and served about 50 people, but were not needed by later on Sunday.

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Environment
6:40 am
Mon April 29, 2013

TVA Approves Renewable Energy Projects

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved more than 250 small-scale renewable energy projects for 2013, the overwhelming majority relying on solar energy. TVA officials say the demand for renewable energy projects across the Tennessee Valley is strong - so strong that the agency has met its application goals for 2013.

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Business
7:50 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Trucking Company Accuses Pilot CEO of Obstructing Justice

Credit www.knoxnews.com

A trucking company suing Pilot Flying J is accusing Chief Executive Officer Jimmy Haslam of obstructing justice and buying off alleged cheated customers.

In a motion for a restraining order filed Thursday, attorneys for Atlanta Coast Carriers accuse Haslam of asking customers to sign releases giving up their rights to sue.

The trucking company filed a lawsuit against Pilot in Circuit Court last week accusing the company of racketeering violations. They say Pilot, the country's largest diesel retailer, owes the company interest on the lost money, along with damages as punishment. Pilot lawyers have denied any wrongdoing.

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Society
7:41 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Officials Celebrate New Responder Training Center

Credit Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office

The Kentucky Fire Commission and the Kentucky National Guard are celebrating the opening of the new National Responder Preparedness Center.

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to take place today at the facility in Greenville. It is located at the Kentucky National Guard's Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center.

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Government
7:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kentucky Court Orders Release of Child Death Records

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered Kentucky child welfare officials to publicly release records of child abuse cases resulting in death or serious injury.

The court released the 3-3 vote Thursday on whether to halt a lower court decision ordering the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the cases. The tie vote let the lower court decision stand.

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Politics
7:12 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Illinois Republican Decides Against Gubernatorial Race

Credit schock.house.gov

The campaign manager for Republican Aaron Schock says the three-term congressman will seek re-election and forgo a run for Illinois governor.

Steve Shearer says Schock has concluded he can do more on Capitol Hill as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee than as governor. He says Schock could work on comprehensive tax reform and long-term repairs to entitlement programs.

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