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6:27 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Illinois Senate Working to Improve Odds for Gambling Bill

Supporters of a gambling expansion proposal are making changes to the legislation in an attempt to improve its chances with the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn.

Rikeesha Phelon is a spokeswoman for Senate President John Cullerton. She says Cullerton plans to strip language from the bill that would legalize Internet gaming and let lawmakers consider it as a separate measure.

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Politics
6:26 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Illinois Governor Won't Say If He Supports New Speed Limit

Gov. Pat Quinn isn't saying whether he'd support legislation boosting the speed limit on Illinois interstates and tollways.

The Illinois Senate approved a measure 41-6 Wednesday raising the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. The bill awaits a House vote. If Quinn signs it, the new speed limit could take effect at the start of next year.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:37 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Haslam Signs Measure to Let Tennessee Cities Form School Systems

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Gov. Bill Haslam has signed legislation that clears the way for cities to begin forming municipal school systems.

The measure passed the House 70-24 and the Senate 24-5. It lifts a 1998 ban that forbids municipalities from starting their own school systems, and benefits six Memphis suburbs seeking to bypass a merger of the Shelby County and Memphis school districts and run their own schools.

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Politics
7:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Governor Haslam Signs Tennessee Voter ID Law

A measure that allows any photo identification issued by the state of Tennessee or United States to be used for voting has been signed by the governor.

The Senate version of the legislation at one time would have allowed student ID cards issued by public universities to be used, but the House stripped out that provision and the Senate later agreed with it. The legislation also eliminates library cards as suitable voter ID.

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Education
7:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Nearly $200K Available for Kentucky Early Childhood Initiative

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The Governor's Office of Early Childhood is making nearly $200,000 available to strengthen early childhood advisory councils and to promote school readiness. 

The money is being divvied up in grants of nearly $50,000 each to fund four regional initiatives to improve education and health services for Kentucky's youngest citizens. 

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Clinton, Adair, Cumberland and Russell counties will share one of the grants. Morehead State University will work with Bracken, Lewis, Lawrence and Martin counties on another. Madison, Estill, Powell and Lee counties also will receive a grant, as will Todd, Christian, Muhlenberg and Hopkins counties.

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Politics
6:50 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Democratic Party Raises Almost $58K in March

The Kentucky State Democratic Executive Committee has reported that it raised nearly $58,000 in March.  That's according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission last week. 

The organization has been filing monthly reports with the FEC, disclosing its fundraising and spending. The latest report, which covers a period from March 1 through March 31, shows disbursements of nearly $62,000. It also shows the organization has just less than $42,000 remaining in the bank. 

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Government
6:46 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Illinois County Recorders to Split $3.3M Settlement

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Illinois' 102 county recorders will split $3.3 million from the settlement of a national mortgage lawsuit. 

Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the disbursement of funds on Wednesday.  Madigan and 45 other attorneys general reached the settlement with Florida-based Lender Processing Services Inc. in January. 

The attorneys general alleged the company used widespread "robo-signing" of mortgage documents to service loans for homeowners at risk of foreclosure. They said an LPS subsidiary took part in "surrogate signing," in which an unauthorized person signed documents in someone else's name. 

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Politics
6:35 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Opponents Call Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Dangerous

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A group opposing legalized medical marijuana in Illinois says there are dangers in allowing patients access to the drug.

The American Society for Addiction Medicine and a former Drug Enforcement Administration official are among those who say there are FDA-approved options patients can take instead. They also claim patients could end up with a surplus, which could find its way into the wrong hands.

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Government
10:32 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Rollins Resigns Legislative Seat, Takes Top KHEAA Job

Rep. Carl Rollins
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Democratic state representative and Kentucky House Education Committee chair Carl Rollins is leaving his seat to accept the top job at the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.  Legislative Research Commission Executive Director Bobby Sherman says the resignation would be effective at the close of business today.  Rollins says the new job will require his full attention.  In addition to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, Rollins also will oversee the Kentucky Higher Education Loan Corporation.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:20 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Tennessee Governor Signs Beer Tax Measure

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A proposal to freeze the Tennessee's beer tax has been signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Tennessee’s beer taxes outstrip any other state's because the bulk of the levy is based on price rather than volume. The more a beer costs, the higher the taxes when buying it.

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