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Education
6:19 am
Fri April 5, 2013

ACLU Looking Into Outside Groups in Kentucky Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has sent open records requests to all 174 public school superintendents in the state seeking information about how outside organizations and people are granted access to elementary schools during school hours to distribute religious or other literature to students.

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Government
7:08 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Daviess County Gets Grant to Combat Child Abuse

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is granting a Daviess County child and substance abuse program $2.5 million. The five-year grant is to support the Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams project, better known as START.

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Politics
6:53 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Child Advocacy Groups Support Quinn's Loophole Plan

Several child advocacy groups say they support Gov. Pat Quinn's plan to end so-called corporate tax loopholes. They say the money saved would help pay Illinois' massive backlog of unpaid bills.

The Illinois Senate Revenue Committee took testimony Wednesday on a proposal to end three tax breaks, including not taxing foreign dividends of multinational corporations. Quinn outlined the idea in his March budget address. His office estimates the move will bring in about $450 million annually that would go toward paying down bills.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:51 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Tennessee Bill Linking Welfare to School Progress Advances

A House committee has approved a measure linking a family's welfare benefits to student performance a day after Gov. Bill Haslam expressed serious reservations about the measure. The House Health Committee voted 10-8 Wednesday to advance the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Vance Dennis.

The measure would cut monthly benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program if a child fails to "maintain satisfactory academic progress." Supporters say that those cuts could be avoided if parents attend conferences with teachers, take parenting classes or enroll their children in tutoring programs or summer school.

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Politics
7:28 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Rauner Raises $1.3 Million for Potential 2014 Illinois Governor Run

Credit http://brucerauner.com/

A Republican venture capitalist weighing a run for Illinois governor has raised $1.3 million in the last month.

Bruce Rauner began forming and exploratory committee in March to consider a 2014 bid for governor. He also started a statewide listening tour to gauge interest from Illinois residents. The money raised since then includes a $249,000 contribution from Rauner.

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2013 TN General Assembly
7:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Senate Leader Says ‘All or Nothing’ on School Voucher Bill

Credit tcpalm.com

Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says that lawmakers will either have to approve Gov. Bill Haslam’s approach to a school voucher program or face the measure being withdrawn entirely.

The Collierville Republican told reporters Tuesday that he perceives a growing level of comfort with Haslam’s more measured approach to the bill that would supply a limited number of parents of children in the state’s worst schools with public money to pay for a private education.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:57 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Wine in Grocery Store Bill to Get Second Chance

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores isn’t quite dead yet.

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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2013 TN General Assembly
6:28 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Tennessee Bill Sealing Handgun Permit Records Moves to Senate

A proposal to seal Tennessee's handgun carry permit records from public scrutiny is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile unanimously passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. The companion bill passed 84 - 10 in the state House last month.

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Politics
6:23 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Illinois' Republican Senator Supports Gay Marriage

Credit http://www.kirk.senate.gov

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk said in a post on his blog yesterday that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and "government has no place in the middle."

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Environment
7:01 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Whitfield Wants Details of Corps' Access Decision

A Kentucky congressman is continuing his fight against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to restrict access to water near dams along the Cumberland River and its tributaries.

U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield sent three and a half pages of questions and document requests Monday  to the Nashville Corps of Engineers commander and asked for a response by Friday. The letter asks for documents that led to the decision to restrict water access, relevant documents where the Corps obtained $2.6 million to install barricades and other information.

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