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8:26 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Matheny abandons TN house speaker challenge

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Tennessee State Representative Judd Matheny says he’s no longer considering a challenge to fellow Republican Beth Harwell for House speaker next year.  Matheny announced last month he was looking into a bid for the House’s top post because he felt marginalized by other GOP leaders.  He says he will instead seek another term in his current position as House speaker pro tempore.

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7:56 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Illinois treasurer has $1.6B in unclaimed property

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Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking residents to go online and find out if they or their relatives can claim any of the $1.6 billion in unclaimed property being held by the state.  Abandoned bank accounts, stocks, items in safe-deposit boxes and other unclaimed property are turned over to the treasurer’s office when the owners can't be found.  The treasurer's I-Cash program attempts to return property to the rightful owners or their heirs. Last year, it returned more than $100 million worth of property.

Government
7:53 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Start date for 2013 KY legislative session Jan. 8

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Kentucky’s legislative leaders have approved the calendar for the 2013 General Assembly session.  The start date is always is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the new year, which falls on January 8th.  In odd-numbered years, lawmakers meet for 30 days. The first four days will be used for organizational purposes, including electing or re-electing lawmakers to leadership positions, and for filing legislation.

Government
7:51 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State seeks to keep Ky. liquor law in place

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Kentucky officials and a package liquor store are asking a federal judge to stop enforcement of a ruling that would allow grocery stores and other outlets to sell alcohol.  In motions filed Wednesday, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and The Party Source store told U.S.

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4:41 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

City Council Passes First Reading of Alcohol Ordinance

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Murray City Council voted yesterday to pass the first reading of the city’s new alcohol ordinance. Murray voted to move from liquor by the drink sales to a fully wet city in July. Councilman Jay Morgan says the ordinance sets an 8% tax rate for both restaurant and packaged sales. It also sets hours of operation for 6 am to 12 am with no alcohol sales allowed on Sunday. The council has until the 19th to pass the second reading of ordinance. The city council meets again next Thursday.

Government
2:40 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Lawmaker Seeks to End Legislators' Pensions

A Kentucky Republican lawmaker is attempting to end the pension program for legislators.

State Representative David Floyd says Kentucky’s part-time lawmakers shouldn't get pensions. But currently they do, and some lawmakers are able to fatten their pensions by taking higher-paying jobs elsewhere in government, then collecting a pension for the higher salary after they retire.

Government
7:29 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Sides With AFSCME And Arbitrator To Halt Prison Transfers

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A southern Illinois judge upheld an arbitrator’s decision on Tuesday to continue a freeze on inmate transfers out of the Tamms Supermax prison and other facilities slated for closure.  Judge Charles Cavaness ruled in Alexander County Court that the temporary restraining order can stay in place for 30 days while the state and the workers’ union return to impact bargaining.  Last week, arbitrator Steven Bierig  ruled the state violated the collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, did not rule on the union’s grievance tha

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Government
4:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Judge Halts Closure of Tamms and Other Correctional Facilities

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A southern Illinois judge is temporarily prohibiting Gov. Pat Quinn from closing state correctional facilities. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says Circuit Judge Charles Cavaness in Alexander County granted the union's request for a temporary restraining order. The order keeps Quinn from closing prisons in Tamms and Dwight, and three halfway houses and youth detention centers in Joliet and Murphysboro.

Government
12:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ky. National Guard Deploys to Horn of Africa

Soldiers of the 2/138th stand at attention during the singing of the National Anthem during the unit's farewell ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 31, 2012.
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Over 500 Kentucky National Guard members are on their way to the Horn of Africa. Soldiers from all over the state, including Paducah, Cadiz, Hopkinsville, Owensboro and Madisonville set out for a nine month deployment as part of the 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery.

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Government
2:35 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Tuesday Second Court Furlough Day

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Tomorrow marks the second of three furlough days in Kentucky’s state judicial system. Courthouses across the state will be closed as part of the system’s budget cutting plan. Most court operations, including pre-trial services, driver license branches and bond processing will be shut down.

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