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8:29 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Security Upgrades Coming for Kentucky Drivers' Licenses

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Kentucky drivers' licenses are getting some security upgrades, and circuit court clerks' offices will be installing new equipment to implement the improvements. The Transportation Cabinet said the new license has multiple layers of security features to make it harder for counterfeiters to produce fake IDs. Among the new features are a digital watermark that can't be seen by the human eye, improved lamination, a hologram with an ultraviolet "ghost" image and bank note-quality printing.  Drivers aren't required to obtain the new license until their current one expires.

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Government
1:18 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Attorney: 2008 Roaring Springs Murderer Unfit For Death Sentence

Kevin Wayne Dunlap
kcadp.org

The attorney for Kevin Wayne Dunlap says her client was incompetent to plead guilty in the slayings of three children because part of his brain is missing.

Dunlap's lawyer, Kathleen Schmidt, told the Kentucky Supreme Court in a brief that Dunlap does not have a right frontal lobe,

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Government
10:03 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Animal Rights Case Progresses

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A pair of former McCracken County Humane Society employees accused of animal cruelty will be tried separately. According to The Paducah Sun, Assistant County Attorney Todd Jones said Beau Anderson will be tried on nine counts of animal cruelty separately from current general manager DaLena Hall. However, the pair will still be tried together on forgery and unlawful euthanasia charges. Anderson and Hall are accused of forging euthanasia documents.

Government
9:45 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ruling Supports Tennessee Officials

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Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper said a state law making public officials ineligible for pretrial or judicial diversion for crimes related to their official position is constitutional. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the opinion was requested by state Representative Eric Watson, the state House Judiciary Committee Chairman. Cooper said pretrial and judicial diversions are not fundamental rights and a state may treat elected or appointed public officials differently than the general public.

Government
9:35 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ruling on Tennessee Voter Identification

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A federal lawsuit to allow voters to use photo ID's issued by Memphis’ public library has been denied. U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp originally denied the city’s request for a temporary injunction ordering the election commission to accept the library ID's. At a second hearing in Nashville yesterday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Aleta Trauger ruled the library identification cannot be used as valid voter ID's. Trauger said ID's are only valid if they are issued by the state, not county or cities. Trauger did express frustration with the law.

Roads & Highways
12:13 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Last Round of Drilling Wrapping Up at Bridge Site

A KYTC geotechnical drilling crew works in the shadow of the Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake.
KYTC / Keith Todd

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to complete this week what could be the last round of geotechnical work at the new Kentucky Lake bridge site. A drilling rig has been on site over the last few weeks gathering data on bridge pier placement. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says drilling should finish this week.

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Government
9:02 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Illinois Legislators Discuss State Pension Systems

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has called lawmakers back to Springfield for a one-day special session August 17th to reform the state’s pension systems. But, so far, he doesn’t have a plan beyond that. Quinn said lawmakers already have legislation on the table they should consider. That includes a measure pushed by Senate President John Cullerton addressing two of the state’s five pension systems. Legislative leaders have been deadlocked over how to address the state’s $83 billion dollars in unfunded pension liability.

Government
3:20 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Whitfield: Keeping an Open Mind on PGDP Future

Congressman Ed Whitfield

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says despite his comments that the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant is on its "Last Leg" he’s keeping an open mind about the facility's future. Whitfield's comments about the plant were published in the Washington-based Weapons Complex Monitor

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Government
2:32 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

KYTC Responds to NTSB Letter Implications

Cranes work on a damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge earlier this year.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say parts of a National Transportation Safety Board letter regarding bridge lighting are misleading.  The NTSB sent the letter to Gov. Steve Beshear last week recommending the state develop bridge lighting inspection plans and training. The letter also outlined reports that the lights on the Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake were out a month before a cargo ship hit the bridge.

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Government
12:27 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Caldwell Co. Animal Control Officer Faces Criminal Charges

The Caldwell County Animal Control Officer faces arraignment next week on charges of abuse of public trust and tampering with public records. The Madisonville Messenger reports the county fiscal court placed Abigail Tucker on suspension without pay last week.

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