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7:35 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Quinn Fights Budget Override

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants the House of Representatives to spend money on children, not outdated prisons. Quinn continues to try to divert money from prisons to child-protection services after the Senate rejected the attempt made there. The state Senate voted 35 to 16 to reject Quinn’s $57 million cuts.

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Government
7:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

IL Upgrades Child Abuse Hotline

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The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has a new computerized child abuse hotline after receiving complaints that the old system failed to handle the large number of calls. Last year the department had more than 250,000 calls, but a majority of callers had to wait for a child abuse expert to call back.

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Government
7:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

IL Lawmakers Suggest More Disclosure About Finances

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Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says politicians should disclose more information about their financial interests to help restore state residents’ faith in government. Simon and Sen. Dan Kotowski are introducing the legislation Thursday that would overhaul the state’s 40-year-old financial disclosure system.

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Government
7:16 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Tax Reform Panel Last Meeting Next Week

What is expected to be the final meeting of Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform is set for next week in Frankfort. The commission members will finalize their recommendations for reforming the state’s tax code Dec. 6.

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Roads & Highways
4:03 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Good Samaritan Dies from Road Accident Injuries

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A western Kentucky man whose vehicle was hit by a tractor-trailer after he stopped to help another motorist has died of injuries he suffered in the collision.

Kentucky State Police say 47-year-old Scotty Gray of Cadiz died late Tuesday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., where he was taken following the crash on Monday.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Kentucky State Police Not OK with Legalized Pot

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This month, voters in Colorado and Washington elected to legalize marijuana in their states. And this week, the superintendent of the Indiana State Police told his state’s lawmakers that he supports legalizing and regulating marijuana.

The traditionally hard-line stance American officials have held against marijuana is relaxing in some places -- but don't expect Kentucky law enforcement to follow along.

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Government
7:32 am
Wed November 28, 2012

IL Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Another Look

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Illinois lawmakers are considering a three-year pilot program that would temporarily legalize medical marijuana for people with certain illnesses. Bill sponsor Rep. Lou Lang says he thinks political momentum is on his side and hopes to vote on the bill Wednesday.

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Government
7:15 am
Wed November 28, 2012

State Fields Thousands of Calls About Tax Amnesty

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The Kentucky Department of Revenue has been getting up to 1,000 calls a day in the final week of an amnesty offer to delinquent taxpayers. The rising interest has prompted the state department to extend operating hours at 10 field offices around the state.

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Government
3:57 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Child Fatality Panel Meets First Time On Tuesday

Members of a new state review panel tasked with overseeing child fatalities and near fatalities will begin their work by examining the cases of eight children who died over the past year.

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Government
12:27 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Humphries Plans to Submit Official Resignation Soon

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First District State Senator-elect Stan Humphries plans to submit his letter of resignation as Trigg County Judge Executive in the coming days. Gov. Steve Beshear will have 30 days to select a replacement for the remaining two years of Humphries’ term.

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