Government

Government
7:56 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Illinois Senate Rejects Limits on Closing Facilities

The Illinois Senate has rejected a proposal to limit the governor's power to close prisons and other state facilities.  The bill would have required legislative approval before a governor could shut down facilities. 

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Government
7:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Illinois House Ends Free Health Insurance for Retirees

Longtime Illinois state employees would no longer be able get free health insurance when they retire under legislation approved yesterday by the state House.  

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Obion Clerk Refuses to Collect Fees
4:26 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obion Clerk's Office No Longer Accepting Fire Fees

Obion County Tennessee Clerk Volle Boehms says her office has stopped collecting rural fire subscription fees because she thinks it is illegal. In January the county joined seven communities to establish a countywide fire protection service to residents outside town and city limits.

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Election 2012
3:51 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Hosts Candidate Forum May 14th

The Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Mayoral and City Commissioner Candidate Forum on Monday, May 14, 6 p.m., in the City Hall Commission Chambers.

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From the Capitol
3:41 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Denton Says Lawmakers Will Remove CoventryCares From Medicaid System if Tough Bargaining Continues

Kentucky Senator Julie Denton says the state's largest private Medicaid company is underpaying and threatening healthcare providers, and she says lawmakers may kick the company out of the state Medicaid system if the behavior persists.

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Tennessee
9:25 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Tennessee State Revenue More than Budgeted

Tennessee has collected $190 million dollars more than budgeted so far this fiscal year. Finance and administration officials say April collections were 9.6 percent over those in April a year ago. Sales tax collections for April recorded their 25th straight month of growth. 

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2012 Election
9:23 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Webb-Edgington Gets Support of Anti-Abortion Group

Republican congressional candidate Alecia Webb-Edgington has been endorsed by the political arm of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List in Kentucky's 4th District primary. Such endorsements matter in the conservative district where seven Republicans are vying for the nomination in the May 22nd primary. 

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Government
4:46 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Judicial Cuts Affect Drug Court

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Cuts to Kentucky's judicial system will impact a program designed to reduce recidivism among those convicted of drug related crimes. Chief Justice John D. Minton made the decision to implement three furlough days for judicial employees over the coming calendar year in addition to cuts in other judicial programs. 

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City of Murray
3:55 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Murray Budget Could be Approved at Next Council Meeting

Murray City Council members could approve the next city budget as early as their next meeting on Thursday. They’ll review Mayor Bill Wells’ second budget proposal after finance committee members objected to the first proposal’s use of a payment to the fire and police pension fund to shore up a $145 thousand budget gap. 

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The Bridge
3:49 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Initial Construction Phase for Eggners Ferry Repairs Nearly Complete

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Hall Contracting of Kentucky reports the initial phase of steel assembly as part of efforts to place a new span on the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge at Aurora is nearing completion.

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