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9:19 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Tennessee Department Seeks Accredidation

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The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities hopes to become the first accredited state system focused on disabilities. Department Commissioner Jim Henry said the goal is to lead the nation in offering those types of services. A series of meetings will be held across the state targeting providers, families, and advocates. The DIDD became a stand-alone department in 2011 and will contract with the Council on Quality and Leadership to consult about accreditation. The three-year process will begin in August.

Government
9:14 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Quinn Signs Elderly Protection Laws

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new laws over the weekend aimed at protecting the elderly by increasing caregiver oversight and making it easier for authorities to respond to cases of abuse or neglect. One of the new measures allows prosecutors to ask a court to freeze a suspect's assets if they are charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person. It’s meant to keep a defendant from spending stolen money before restitution is collected. Another new law allows police and fire departments access to reports of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation against the elderly.

Government
9:05 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Coal Revenues Look Bleak

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One of Governor Beshear’s top economic advisors said Kentucky’s coal industry should probably brace itself for a bad year. He said the outlook for this year leaves a lot to be desired.

"We sort of got used to an upward trend in the last decade, but the foreseeable future for coal and the next three quarters, I'm afraid are going to be decidingly negative," said Deputy Director Greg Harkenrider.

Prisons
10:43 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Tamms Minimum Security Prisoners Transfered

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The Illinois Department of Corrections has transferred thirty more minimum-security inmates yesterday from the Tamms Prison to a work camp in Hardin County. The prison has been marked for closure August 31st.  Shutting it down is projected to save the state an estimated $48 million.

Government
4:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Kentucky Prison Bill Is Producing Mixed Results

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Kentucky’'s Justice Cabinet secretary says a 2011 law meant to reduce state prison costs is producing mixed results.

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State Budget
3:18 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Kentucky Will Close 2012 Budget With $45M Surplus

Despite accounting mistakes and unforeseen disaster relief expenses, state government is closing the 2012 budget with another surplus.

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Public Transport
2:58 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

MCTA Executive Director Addresses Concerns About Low Ridership

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Low ridership was once again a topic of discussion at this week’s Murray – Calloway County Transit Authority meeting.

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Government
9:39 am
Thu July 26, 2012

IL officials encourage immunization updates

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Illinois health and education officials are reminding parents to update their children’s immunizations before school starts this fall.  

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Government
9:38 am
Thu July 26, 2012

IL launches buy local campaign

Illinois agriculture officials have launched a campaign to encourage shoppers to buy locally produced food.  Authorities say consumers will be able to find those products on shelves bearing a new “Illinois Product” logo. 

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Government
2:49 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

LIBOR Scandal Likely Affecting Revenues for Kentucky Agencies

A former financial planner for the Kentucky Pension Systems says an international banking scandal is leading to millions of dollars in losses for Kentucky agencies.

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