Government

Local Government
9:16 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Vote Set for City-County Merger

paducahtransit.com

McCracken County citizens will get their chance this November to decide whether or not to merge the county with the City of Paducah. 

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Military
9:26 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Groundbreaking for Emergency Ops Center

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and Major General Edward Tonini, adjutant general of the Commonwealth’s National Guard, will be at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new state emergency center today in Frankfort.  The ceremony will be held at the Boone National Guard Center. Kentucky officials say the new center represents an investment of nearly $10 million in upgrades to a facility that dates back to the Cold War.

Illinois Government
9:22 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Bill to Ban Cell Phones Near Emergency Scenes is Headed to Quinn's Desk

wikipedia.org

The flashing lights of a parked ambulance or other emergency vehicle may soon be a sign for Illinois drivers to hang up the phone.  

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Illinois Government
9:15 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Revamped Illinois Prison Release Plan Moves to House

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An Illinois House committee yesterday approved early release for prison inmates. They say it will help the state avoid legal trouble over a severely crowded system.  

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Government
10:58 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Edelen to Audit Medicaid

Kentucky’s new privatized Medicaid Managed Care program will be audited by the end of the year. State Auditor Adam Edelen created a Medicaid task force in February after taking a first look at the managed care system. He also gave recommendations to managed care companies, health care providers and the state on how to make the system run better in the future. But with clashes between private Medicaid companies and healthcare providers ongoiong, Edelen says he will take a stronger look into the system.

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Government
9:50 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Ky. mine operators owe $29M in delinquent fines

A published report says Kentucky coal operators owe more in delinquent fines to federal authorities for mine safety violations than any other state.  The Louisville Courier-Journal reports the finding from an analysis of records from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.  Records show Kentucky mine operators owe MSHA just over 29 million dollars, 40 percent of the total seventy-three and a half million owed to the agency in mine safety fines.

Government
9:37 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Tax Reform Commission to Hold First Town Hall in Paducah

Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson and members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform will hold the first of six town hall meetings throughout the Commonwealth tomorrow night at 6 at Paducah Tilghman High School.   The town hall meetings will occur throughout the summer, encouraging public comment before the Commission completes its work at the end of the year.   The Commission was created by Governor Steve Beshear to evaluate numerous areas of Kentucky’s tax system and propose ways to reform it. The Commission will report its findings to the Governor by November 15th.

The Bridge
12:57 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Eggners Ferry Bridge Walkers Impressed with Work

Walking across the newly repaired Eggners Ferry Bridge
Drew Adams

The Eggners Ferry Bridge reopened today to traffic across Kentucky Lake from Marshall County to Land Between the Lakes.  The bridge had been closed since late January after a cargo ship struck and collapsed a 322 foot span. Prior to the reopening the highway department allowed for visitors to walk or bike across the bridge.

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Tennessee Government
9:01 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Governor Haslam Signs Bill to Help Unemployed

wikipedia.org

Governor Bill Haslam has signed a proposal to help Tennesseans get off unemployment and find a job.  The legislation, called the "Tennessee Works Act.,” unanimously passed both the state House and Senate.  

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LBL
4:41 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

LBL officials review public comment for cost cutting measures

Land Between the Lakes officials are compiling all the budget reduction suggestions from their recent public meetings and online survey over the next few weeks. 

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