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7:46 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gov. Quinn rejects plan to expand Ill. gambling

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has rejected a plan to expand gambling in the state.  Quinn announced his veto yesterday, saying the proposed bill lacked sufficient regulatory oversight.  The bill proposed five new casinos, one land-based and four more on riverboats.  

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1:15 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Ky. Auditor's Office Publishes Caldwell, Chrisitan, Calloway Co. Reports

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The Kentucky state auditor’s office found several non-compliance issues with the Caldwell County Fiscal Court’s financial practices. The comments came in the 2010-2011 fiscal year audit released today. The report found poor tax record keeping, and a lack of outside review.

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Government
9:11 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Ledbetter Bridge Lane Restriction Wednesday

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will restrict traffic to one lane on the U.S. 60 Tennessee River Bridge at Ledbetter tomorrow. The restriction allows inspectors to take a close look at the bridge’s structure.  Highway engineers have been inspecting the span on an accelerated schedule since a three-ton load limit was instituted earlier this year. Transportation officials say the bridge carries more than 7,000 vehicles across the Tennessee River between Paducah and Ledbetter on an average day.

Government
9:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Illinois Department of Corrections Says, “Don’t Stop Coming to Work”

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The Illinois Department of Corrections is telling workers at prisons targeted for shutdown they should keep coming to work after the end of the month. A letter sent to correctional employees announces what officials call a "temporary delay" in the face of layoffs and closures scheduled for August 31st.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to shut down prisons such as Tamms in Southern Illinois, but is meeting resistance from the prison workers' union.

Government
8:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Illinois Streamlines Criminal Laws

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Illinois officials are taking steps to make the state’s criminal law shorter and simpler. A rewrite cuts the length of the criminal code by one-third by deleting outdating, conflicting and confusing material. Governor Pat Quinn approved the last piece of the legal overhaul Monday. The rewrite was drafted by the CLEAR Commission, which stands for Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform. The process doesn't change any crimes or punishments, but it simplifies the law by deleting outdated or unconstitutional parts. Former Gov. Jim Thompson helped lead the commission.

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8:48 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Graves Murder Trial Set for Next March

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Two Graves County men charged with murder in a triple shooting will face a March 2013 trial.  The Paducah Sun reports Kenon Andrews and Jacob Carder appeared in Graves Circuit Court yesterday.  Judge Timothy Starks set a joint trial for March 3. Police say Carder and Andrews shot 25-year-old Ashley Lambert, 22-year-old Jonathan Cagle and 18-year-old Whitley Moore last March.  Moore was the only survivor. 

Government
8:24 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Illinois Fire Officials Offer Safety Tips for Campfires

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llinois state officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in the state.  Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s office say that with the drought there's greater danger for brush fires.  There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012 and authorities say they could have been avoided.  Safety tips include avoiding building fires in windy conditions, not using gasoline or other substances that could cause explosions and never leaving a campfire or grill unattended.  Officials also recommend ensuring all fire

Government
8:13 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Quinn Rejects Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill

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Illinois manufacturers say they're disappointed with Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill requiring a plastic bag recycling program.  Quinn rejected the proposed law yesterday saying it limited local municipalities. It would have required manufacturers to set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate. It also would have required them to register with the state.

Government
8:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tennessee Unemployment Claimants Must Keep Logs

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Beginning September 1st, anyone claiming Tennessee unemployment benefits will have to show they’re actively looking for work, including keeping a work search log.  According to state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, claimants will be required to conduct three work searches each week.   A list of valid work search activity is available on the department's website or at the nearest Tennessee Career Center.  Labor and Workforce Development officials will conduct random audits of a thousand claimants' work search documentation each week to verify activity.

Government
7:58 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Murder Trial Begins In Marshall County

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Despite prosecution efforts to reach a plea bargain, jury selection begins tomorrow in Marshall Circuit Court for a murder trial stemming from a 2011 fatal car-truck crash.  Nineteen-year-old Tiffany Pittman has been charged with murder, first degree assault, and first offense DUI in the incident which took the life of 45-year-old Stephen J. Harper.  Police say Pittman was driving drunk and arguing with an intoxicated passenger when her car rammed Harper’s pick-up truck on U-S Highway 68.  

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