Government

Budget Cuts
12:08 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Commonwealth Courthouses Close Next Week for First Furlough Day

One week from today, courthouses across the commonwealth will be closed.   The closures are part of a cost saving measure.

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Government
9:40 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Prison Guards Now Under Security

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The Illinois Department of Corrections has begun checking prison guards for contraband as they leave work. Seven Illinois prisons conducted shakedowns of their corrections officers last week. The guards and their union claim the searches are retaliation against employees who spoke out about crowded conditions and plans to close Illinois’ supermax prison at Tamms. The guards said they’ve never been searched before. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said the searches are routine and designed to halt the flow of contraband that includes cell phones as well as drugs and weapons.

Government
9:36 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Judicial Branch Furloughs Begin

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The Kentucky Judicial Branch will shut down for first of three furlough days this week. Court services will be unavailable across the Commonwealth August 6th.  The Judicial Branch is trying to offset a $25 million dollar budget shortfall. Non-elected court personnel will be off work without pay.  Driver's licenses, pretrial services, bond processing and release orders will also not be available. However, existing after-hours protocol will be followed for processing domestic violence orders and emergency protective orders.

Government
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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