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Government
2:16 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rocky Adkins Remembers Mike Haydon

Rocky Adkins
kentucky.com

Kentucky House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins says Mike Haydon was a wise and thoughtful man. Haydon was Governor Steve Beshear’s chief of staff. He died unexpectedly Sunday an apparent heart attack at his Springfield home. He was 62. Haydon was also chief of staff to Adkins before coming to work for Beshear’s office in 2007.

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Government
10:45 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Tennessee Dove Season Land Lease

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wants to lease fields for the upcoming mourning dove season. The standard leased field is one on which grain or millet has been harvested. TWRA pays $75 per acre, up to 40 acres, for a maximum of $3,000. Fields must be available for a minimum of three priority hunt dates in September. The fields will be leased by September 1.  Landowners interested in leasing fields for the hunts can find the regional numbers for TWRA at its website – tn.gov/twra. TWRA says about 40 thousand hunters bagged about 300-thousand mourning doves last year in Tennessee.

Government
10:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

101st Airborne (Air Assault) Celebrates 70th Anniversary

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Thousands of active, veteran and retired soldiers and their families gather at Fort Campbell this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division, even as some of its soldiers leave for Afghanistan.  The elite airborne-air assault division was created August 16, 1942 as the Army searched for a new type of division that could be quicker, more aggressive and able to parachute behind enemy lines.

Government
9:50 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn Signs New Veteran-focused Laws

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be able to hire more veterans under new legislation signed into law.  Governor Pat Quinn signed four veterans-related bills yesterday in honor of the Illinois State Fair's Veterans Day.  One law allows the agency to hire more veterans as conservation police by waiving the four-year college requirement and goes into effect immediately.  Another bill doubles the number of days allotted for military service-related hospital visits for some state employees from two to four days annually.  The other laws deal with treatment records of veterans i

Government
9:44 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Kirksey Village Post Office Opens

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Kirksey residents have regained their own post office. This time the post office is at a popular gathering spot in the small farming community. The Kirksey Store is now a new Village Post Office, with the new mailboxes located in the back of the store. The U.S. Postal Service closed its old office in rural Calloway County last April.

Government
8:53 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Governor's Chief of Staff Dies

Kentucky.gov

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s chief of staff has died.  Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says Mike Haydon passed away Sunday. The cause of death was uncertain.  Haydon became Beshear's chief of staff in 2010 after Adam Edelen resigned from the position. Before that, Haydon, who was also once the mayor of Springfield, served as Beshear's legislative director.  House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover tells the Lexington Herald-Leader Haydon was a "very good friend" and says he will be missed.

Tamms
12:27 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Transfers at Illinois Prisons Pause While Union and State Officials Meet

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Prisoners at the Tamms Correctional Center in southern Illinois will remain at the facility until Corrections Department union employees have a say in the closure process. Governor Pat Quinn ordered Tamms and other prisons closed in June to save the state money. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has asked for transfers to stop while state and union officials discuss safety measures for the closings. AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall says the two sides will meet an arbitrator Tuesday.

Government
12:25 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Aid for MO Farmers

Missouri’s emergency cost-share program has approved over 3,700 farmer applications for urgent relief during this summer’s drought. Governor Jay Nixon established the program to provide water after declaring Missouri in a State of Emergency. The aid totals close to 19 million dollars and covers 90 percent of emergency water projects on farms. Individual farmers will have to pay the remaining 10 percent for their project.

Government
9:04 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Governor Haslam Says Gun Legislation Still Up in the Air

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it’s too early to tell whether the defeat of House Republican Caucus Chairwoman Debra Maggart in last week’s primary will cause lawmakers to usher through a gun bill championed by the National Rifle Association.  The NRA poured more than $86,000 into the Maggart race, claiming she was instrumental in blocking legislation to guarantee employees the right to store weapons in vehicles parked at work, regardless of the business owner’s wishes.  Haslam has said he supports the measure, but only with exceptions built in for large employers.

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Crime
8:52 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Walker Heads Back to Court on Tampering Charges

Former Murray State student, and newly reinstated Paducah Middle School assistant principal, Jerry Walker, Junior will be back in court next week on charges related to a 1998 M-S-U dorm fire that killed student Michael Minger.

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