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10:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Morning Storm Damage

Strong storms last night caused localized power outages in Paducah and downed trees in Lyon and Trigg counties.  Kentucky Transportation spokesman Keith Todd reports crews were out clearing downed trees blocking highways along the Trigg/Christian County line and in the northern third of Trigg on Kentucky 128 and 164.  Todd says fallen trees also kept crews busy throughout Lyon County on Kentucky 810, 93, 295, and 819.

Government
9:59 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Judge won't void TN US Senate Democratic primary

A federal judge has refused to void Tennessee’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.  District Judge Kevin Sharp ruled the lawsuit filed by losing candidate Larry Crim was improper because it was not filed against an individual.  Crim sued the state Division of Elections and the Tennessee Democratic Party trying to keep winner Mark Clayton off the November ballot.  The day after the election, the state Democratic Party said it wanted nothing to do with Clayton.

Government
9:18 am
Thu August 16, 2012

CIA Director Petraeus to visit Fort Campbell

CIA Director, and retired four-star general, David Petraeus returns to  101st Airborne Division, the unit he led into Iraq in 2003.  His visit caps a week of celebration at the post, as the 101st commemorates its 70th anniversary.  Petraeus will also attend a retirement ceremony for Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, who served under Petraeus as the senior non-commissioned officer.  After leaving the division, Petraeus served as the commander of U.S.forces in Iraq, was the head of U.S. Central Command and then was tapped by President Barack Obama to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Government
9:22 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Fountain Avenue Commercial Construction Financial Assistance Program

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The Paducah City Commission last night introduced an ordinance creating a commercial construction financial assistance program aimed at improving the city’s Fountain Avenue Neighborhood. The program provides incentives to property owners spending a minimum of $100,000 constructing new commercial buildings. Property owners can receive a five-year, forgivable loan for as much as $20,000. However, the commission limits the program’s total budget to only $40,000.

Government
9:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Quinn Signs Agriculture Laws at State Fair

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Governor Pat Quinn signed five new agriculture laws at the Illinois State Fair’s Agriculture Day.  As the state's farmers deal with drought conditions, Quinn said it's an important time to support them and the state's agriculture industry.  The new legislation protects cattle pastures from wildlife damage and creates the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.

Government
3:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Federal Judge: Beer-Only Sales at Kentucky Grocery Stores Unconstitu​tional

A federal judge's ruling could open the door to the sale of hard liquor and wine in grocery stores.

Currently state law allows grocery stores to only sell beer, while liquor stores and drug stores can sell beer, wine and liquor. After years of unsuccessful lobbying to change the law, grocery associations sued in federal court last year. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II in Louisville handed down a ruling in their favor today, declaring that the ban is unconstitutional.

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Government
2:27 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Mississippi River Bridge to Close for Inspection

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The Illinois Department of Transportation plans to close the U.S. 60/62 bridge over the Mississippi River three days next week for safety inspections. The bridge which connects Cairo, Ill., to Mississippi County Missouri will shut down between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.

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Government
12:05 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Metropolis Landlords Voice Complaints About Delinquent Bill Collection

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Metropolis, Illinois landlords showed up to last night’s city council meeting en masse to protest the city’s policy of holding them responsible for the delinquent utility bills of their renters.

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Government
10:28 am
Tue August 14, 2012

McCracken County Circuit Court Closure on Aug. 23

New Kentucky driver's license
transportation.ky.gov

Installation of software and cameras for Kentucky’s new driver’s license will require a one-day suspension of license-issuing activity in the McCracken County Circuit Court Clerk’s office Thursday, Aug. 23.

Other operations of the Circuit Clerk’s office are not affected, and the office will be open all day. Driver’s licensing operations will resume on Friday, Aug. 24, and the new license will be available to McCracken County residents.

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Government
9:20 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Tennessee National Guardsmen Return to Union City

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About 150  Guardsmen from Union City are among the more than 300 Tennessee Army National Guard members flying home this week after a year's deployment in the Middle East. Guard officials say they’re from the 913th Engineer Company. They’ll arrive Thursday after processing at Fort Bliss, Tex.

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