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Kentucky is officially out of compliance with federal driver’s license and ID regulations after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security didn’t grant another extension for the state to enact stricter standards. The previous extension expired Monday.

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Starting next week, Illinois and Missouri driver’s licenses will no longer count as valid form of identification at airports.

The change comes as regulations taking effect January 10 require states to meet new federal guidelines for IDs.

Two separate measures for expanding the state’s Medicaid program and allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses are ready for an Illinois House vote. The Human Services Appropriations Committee voted 9 to 5 Monday to make up to 600,00 uninsured residents eligible for Medicaid. The measure is necessary to implement the national health care law next year. The federal government would pay all costs of the new Medicaid recipients for three years starting in 2014. The Medicaid expansion would also need Senate approval.

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Top Illinois Republicans are joining an effort to provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno are joining former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar today at the state Capitol to announce their support.

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Tennesseeresidents needing to renew or replace their driver's licenses could be using self-service kiosks by November.  State officials say kiosk locations could include libraries, police precincts and county clerk's offices. Officials are in talks with a national retail outlet chain where some kiosks may be located. 

Afternoon Round-Up 8/14/12

Aug 14, 2012

Today on NPR: When Brown took the reins at Cosmopolitan magazine in 1965, it was a foundering monthly known for fiction. Without any editing experience, she turned it into the wildly popular, sexy, women-focused, hugely profitable glossy we know today. She died Monday in New York.

McCracken County Circuit Court Closure on Aug. 23

Aug 14, 2012

Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a one-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Thursday, Aug. 23.

Other operations of the Circuit Clerk’s office are not affected, and the office will be open all day. Driver’s licensing operations will resume on Friday, Aug. 24, and the new license will be available to McCracken County residents.