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3:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Farm Bill Moves to Senate with No Direct Payments, Crop Insurance Increases

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Area farmers are waiting for more details on the farm bill that passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday to see how it will affect their operations.

Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture Dean Tony Brannon says the new bill gets rid of the base farmers have received for growing certain major crops, which will save $5 billion a year.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bill to Lessen Helmet Requirements for Certain ATV Operators Heads to the Full Senate

A Kentucky Senate Committee has adopted legislation to lessen helmet requirements for certain all-terrain vehicle operators.  

The measure was offered by Monticello Senator Sarah Beth Gregory.

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Government
7:16 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Quinn Calls For More Worker Sick Days

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wants every worker in Illinois to have the chance to get at least two sick days. The Democrat raised the issue yesterday during his annual State of the State address.

Quinn says 43% of all workers in Illinois don't have one sick day, which represents more than 2.5 million people.

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Government
3:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids

After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in last night’s State of the Union address, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.

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Government
3:23 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Felon Expungements Bill Passes House Committee

A bill that would remove certain non-violent felonies from criminal records has cleared a Kentucky House committee.

Filed by Louisville Representative Darryl Owens, the bill would expunge charges after five years, as long as they don't lead to a federal criminal indictment. The bill cleared the Judiciary Committee by an 18 to 8 vote that fell largely along party lines, with only one Republican joining Democrats in support of the bill.

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Government
1:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

4,800 Candidates Seeking KY Elected Posts in 2014

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It’s about 4 p.m. outside of the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Here, last-minute would-be senators, representatives, and judges are bottlenecking the doorway, spilling out into the hall and waiting to get their paperwork filled by a harried bevy of clerks. 

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office reports about 4,800 candidates are in the running for more than 300 races across the state as the deadline for candidates to file expired Tuesday. 

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Government
1:06 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Takes Name Off Ballot Minutes Before Deadline

Credit Hopkins County Clerk Office

Longtime Hopkins County Clerk Devra Steckler withdrew her candidacy for the post minutes before the deadline Tuesday.

 “I had every, every intention of running at least one more time when I filed on Nov. 6. And after I went to my dad’s birthday party, his 79th birthday party, it just kind of hit me Friday night,” she said. “And I was wondering if I was doing the right thing by committing to another five years. I just feel like my parents… I just felt the need that I need to be there for them.”

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Government
7:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Guns-In-Parks Bill Headed To TN Senate

A Tennessee proposal that seeks to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks is headed for a full Senate vote.

The measure sponsored by Republican Senator Stacey Campfield of Knoxville passed the Senate Judiciary Committee 6-2 on yesterday.

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Government
7:13 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Applications Open For TN Supreme Court Seat

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The Tennessee Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Justice Bill Koch has announced he is retiring on July 15 to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Candidates from Middle or West Tennessee can apply through February 21.

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Government
7:11 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lineups Set For KY Elections

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats have filled out their slates of candidates for federal and state offices to be contested in this year's election.

Topping the crowded ballot will be the campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, but a key battle will be waged for control of the Kentucky House.

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