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8:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Ramsey Appoints Two to Tenn. Technology Development Corp.

Tennessee Technology Development Corp.

Tennessee Lt. Go. Ron Ramsey has appointed two men to the state’s Technology Development Corp. board of directors. East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Eastman Chemical Co.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Greg Nelson join the board of the nonprofit organization. The corporation was created by the state legislature to attract new science and technology businesses to Tennessee and expand those already there.

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8:07 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Paducah City Commission Previews Health Insurance Plan

The Paducah City Commission heard a preview last night for the city’s health insurance plan for next year and approved an increase in premiums. Participants in the city’s health insurance plan can expect a rise of 5.3 percent on their premiums next year. The city’s allocation to employees is also going up 1.5 percent.  The commissioners will vote Oct. 23 to hire Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide stop loss insurance and administrative services for the health insurance plan.

Government
5:30 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

NPR Presidential Debate Coverage Live Chat

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8:29 am
Tue October 16, 2012

State Rep. Makes Suggestions for Tax Reform

When the Kentucky general assembly tackles tax reform next year, State Representative John Will Stacy says lawmakers might want to take a look at companies that do a lot of business in the state but don’t have much of a presence here. The Democrat says there are many of them. He says,

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Government
7:59 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Democrats Join Call to Drop Ill. Prison Closures

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A handful of central and northern Illinois Democrats are urging Gov. Pat Quinn to drop plans to close seven correctional facilities because of overcrowded prisons.  Sen. Pat McGuire said yesterday that the youth detention center at Joliet is the only facility for the worst juvenile offenders. The Joliet Democrat says closing it would make the rest of the system more dangerous.  McGuire was one of at least five lawmakers or legislative candidates who planned to speak out against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's plan.

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Government
7:52 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Tenn. Children's Services Hotline Swamped with Calls

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The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services hotline for suspected child abuse has been swamped with calls and is trying to answer them more quickly. The line rings more than 400 times each day, and callers are usually put on hold. DCS says as many as one in four hang up. Carla Aaron oversees the call center and says any call might have critical information about a child’s safety. The Nashville center added five case managers this summer bringing the total to 70.

Government
6:40 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Commentary: Open Letter Candidates on Foreign Policy

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We’re gearing up to air special live NPR coverage of the Second Presidential Debate, from Hofstra University in New York, tonight. Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy writes an open letter to President Obama and Governor Romney about issues to consider before the debate, centered on U.S. foreign policy.

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Government
1:08 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Confusion Over Future Liquor Sales Leads to Strange Partnerships

A recent ruling by a federal judge has turned Kentucky’'s liquor sales environment into a state of confusion.

The judge struck down Kentucky laws that prohibit liquor sales in grocery stores and gas stations, calling it unconstitutional. He has since decided to place that ruling  on hold to let Kentucky lawmakers see if they can write a better law.

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Government
12:42 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

ABC Task Force Holds Public Forum at Madisonville

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Madisonville Community College hosts one of three public forums this week on Kentucky’s alcohol laws. The Governor’s task force on reforming Kentucky’s Alcoholic Beverage Control laws is gathering information. They plan to make recommendations on changing the state’s complicated alcohol regulations for the 2013 General Assembly session.

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Government
7:51 am
Mon October 15, 2012

TVA Shortfall Affects Ratepayers

A new Tennessee Valley Authority quarterly report shows their pension fund shortfall is affecting ratepayers. TVA officials say one of the main reasons for the 2 percent increase was the $300 million the agency put into its pension fund. TVA has added nearly 1.3 billion from customers to the fund since 2008. But, the utility didn’t add to the fund or increase rates this year. John Thomas with TVA says he expects market gains to make up for the shortfall in 10 to 15 years.  He says TVA will continue to take care of its employees and retirees. Less than 20 years ago, the fund had a surplus.

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