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2013 TN General Assembly
7:23 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Tennessee Cock Fighting Bill Dead This Session

Legislation that makes cock fighting a felony in Tennessee is dead this session after failing to pass the Senate. Under the bill, a first offense for cock fighting would have remained a misdemeanor. But a second offense would be considered a felony punishable by six years in prison and a fine of up to $3,000.

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Environment
7:20 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Crews Work to Contain Shawnee Forest Blaze

Credit www.en.wikipedia.com

Crews are working to contain a fire that has damaged at least 14 acres of the sprawling Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Patricia York says at least one-quarter of the blaze is contained at Little Grand Canyon near Pomona, southwest of Carbondale, in Jackson County. 

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Politics
7:18 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Illinois GOP Leader in Favor of Gay Marriage

An Illinois House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. says his mother-in-law influenced his position. She's been in a lesbian relationship for about 20 years.

Sullivan is the second GOP House member to support gay marriage and the first member of Minority Leader Tom Cross's leadership team.  The proposal got Senate approval in February and a House vote is expected soon.

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Crime
7:46 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Police Investigating Fatal Shooting of Clarksville Woman

Police are investigating the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Clarksville woman.

WKRN-TV reports that officers responded to a shooting in progress around 3 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived on the scene they discovered a woman had been shot and was lying between two buildings. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:44 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Most Top Issues Decided as Tennessee Session Hits Final Lap

Republican legislative leaders in Tennessee are glad the most contentious issues of this session are largely decided as they enter the final weeks.

Gov. Bill Haslam's decision last week to withdraw his limited school voucher proposal highlights the sometimes contentious nature of his relationship with fellow Republicans in the Legislature, who now hold a supermajority. The governor was unable to persuade a faction led by Sen. Brian Kelsey to refrain from trying to expand the bill to more families.

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Politics
7:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Kentucky Lawmakers Treated to Lavish Parties

Lobbyists have treated Frankfort lawmakers to lavish parties spending more than $77,000 in just January and February.

Financial reports filed with the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission show the most expensive of those get-togethers was at the Buffalo Trace bourbon distillery and cost nearly $15,000.

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Education
7:14 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Grant Available for Kentucky Adult Students

Credit newgre.org

Kentucky higher education officials say some adult students may be eligible for student aid known as the Go Higher Grant with awards as much as $1,000.

The grants are for students 24 or older who are enrolled less than half-time at a participating Kentucky college or university and are seeking their first undergraduate degree.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Tennessee House Approves Food Tax Reduction

The state House has unanimously approved Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cut the state's sales tax on groceries.

If approved by the Senate, the state's tax on groceries would drop by a quarter percentage point to 5 percent. Lawmakers last year enacted a cut of the same amount. The state's sales tax on non-food items is 7 percent.

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Government
6:44 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Audit Finds Lack of Mine Inspectors in Illinois

Credit www.dailyyonder.com

State auditors say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources didn't employ enough mine-safety inspectors the past two years to comply with state law.

An Illinois Auditor General's report released yesterday says the department had 10 inspectors for more than 40 mines. The state Coal Mining Act calls for at least 16 inspectors.

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2013 KY General Assembly
6:30 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Beshear Signs Election Day Alcohol Measure

Kentuckians can buy alcohol at restaurants, bars and retail stores on the next Election Day now that Gov. Steve Beshear has signed legislation lifting the Prohibition-era ban.

The state House and Senate both voted overwhelmingly last month to allow alcohol sales during hours the polls are open.

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