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2013 TN General Assembly
8:48 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Tennessee Virtual School Cap Passes, Charter Schools Delayed

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The Tennessee House has approved a proposal that caps enrollment in virtual schools.

The House voted 66-29 Tuesday to pass the bill that allows beginning online schools an enrollment of 1,500 with the ability to expand as long as they meet performance requirements. If they fail to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner could chose to cap enrollment or direct the local school board to close the school.

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Politics
8:39 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Illinois Doctors Ask for Medical Marijuana Legalization

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Nearly 250 Illinois physicians are calling on state lawmakers to legalize the use of marijuana for seriously ill patients.

Some physicians say marijuana can be a safer and more effective treatment than narcotics for patients with diseases such as cancer and HIV.

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Politics
8:21 am
Wed April 17, 2013

McConnell, Rogers Praise Generic Pill Ruling

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U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers are praising the Food and Drug Administration's decision requiring generic versions of OxyContin to be tamper-resistant.

The move means generic versions of the popular painkiller, which is often used by drug addicts, will be based on formulations that make it harder to crush. Addicts often crush the pills to be able to inject them.  The two Kentucky Republicans praised the decision in statements Tuesday.

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Society
7:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentucky Officials Share Ideas to Fight Rise in Fire Deaths

Statewide, fire officials have begun discussing ways Kentuckians can stop the rising number of accidental fire deaths, which have claimed 30 people so far this year.

Kentucky Fire Marshal William Swope led the first brainstorming session Tuesday. He says most of the fire deaths have occurred in rural areas.

Much of the two-hour discussion hinged on how to get more working smoke detectors in homes in areas that lack fire personnel who can visit areas door to door. Most rural areas depend on volunteer fire departments that have limited time and resources. 

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Government
7:31 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Kentucky Awards $100K in Grants to University Students

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has awarded $100,000 in prize money to university students who developed plans for 18 new Kentucky companies.

The prizes awarded last weekend are intended to help identify and support Kentucky's next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.  The largest cash awards went to students whose entries were more fully developed and more likely to succeed. Most of the money can only be claimed as reimbursements after the companies are legally formed. 

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Politics
8:16 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Ashley Judd Purchased House in Kentucky

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Actress Ashley Judd purchased a house in the northeastern Kentucky when she was considering running for U.S. Senate.

Boyd County Property Valuation Administrator Chuck Adkins says Judd paid $120,000 for the house that once belonged to her father, Michael Charles Ciminella. The deal was finalized in March, about a week before Judd announced her decision not to run against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

To run for Senate, Judd, a resident of Tennessee, would have had to establish a residence in Kentucky.

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Government
8:09 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Feds Move Forward with Plans to Build Kentucky Prison

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is moving forward with plans to build a prison in Kentucky, commissioning an environmental impact study on two potential sites in the southeastern part of the state.

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says both locations are in Letcher County. The plan to build a federal prison in Kentucky has been in the works since 2006, when Rogers secured $5 million in Congress to begin the planning process.

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Politics
8:01 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Former Illinois Transportation Secretary Fires at 'Anonymous Allegations' in Report

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The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators.

Former congressman David Phelps disputed a report the Office of Executive Inspector General released Monday. The report says Phelps did "little work" and mostly engaged in "misconduct and abuse." Phelps says he told investigators he answered requests for information from job-seekers but did nothing improper.

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Politics
7:57 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Madigan: Supreme Court Pass on Guns Ripples in Illinois

Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois' concealed carry discussions.

The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.

In Illinois, lawmakers are crafting guidelines for concealed carry after a federal appeals court said Illinois' ban was unconstitutional. It's the only state with a concealed carry ban nationwide. Lawmakers have until early June.

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Society
7:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Illinois Marathon Weighing Security Concerns

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Officials at the Illinois Marathon in Champaign and Urbana say they will meet Wednesday to talk about security ahead of their April 27 event after explosions at the Boston Marathon.

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