Society

Crime
8:16 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Officials Consider Closing Illinois Super Max Prison

bbc.co.uk

The Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability met yesterday to hear testimony on the closure of the Tamms Correctional Center in far southern Illinois. While locals championed the facility’s benefits …human rights groups and inmates’ families urged the state to shutter its only Super Max prison.

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Schools
7:48 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Illinois Schools get $30 Million from Record Lottery Sales

illinoislottery.com

Last week's record Mega Millions drawing made a winner of Illinois schools, too.  WBBM Radio reports that record Illinois lottery sales in the past nine weeks pumped $31.5 million into the fund devoted to public schools.  Lottery officials say that's mostly because of the multi-state Mega Millions game that reached an all-time high $656 million before producing three main winners in a drawing Friday.  One of the Mega Millions winners bought a ticket in Red Bud near St. Louis.

Weather
7:26 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Quinn Announces Aid for Tornado Victims

wikipedia.com

Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities affected by a deadly tornado in February are getting up to $13 million in state and Small Business Administration aid.  Governor Pat Quinn's office announced yesterday the help includes reimbursements to local governments for some of their disaster-related expenses and road improvements.

Sports
7:20 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Wildcat Fans Get Out of Hand

Associated Press

Lexington police say they’ve arrested several dozen people following the Wildcats' 67-59 win over Kansas in last night’s NCAA championship game.  Fans filled the streets near the university campus within minutes of the game's conclusion. They jumped up and down, screamed, sprayed beer and waved Kentucky flags. Celebrations grew violent as one man was shot, though his injuries were not life-threatening.

Wet Dry Vote
5:08 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Tater Day Attendees: For and Against Alcohol Sales

Steve Snodgrass (wikimedia commons)

Not a single beer can mingles with the soda and water bottles for sale in the crowd of vendors at Benton’s annual Tater Day celebration. However, that could change in the festival’s future.

Last week, a group named Marshall First delivered a petition with 2,400 signatures to the county courthouse.

The petition pushes for a referendum to legalize the sale of alcohol within county lines. At today’s festivities, Marshall County residents like Kim Bomgardner and her daughter, Terah, expressed mixed opinions regarding the issue.

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Law
12:02 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Judge Dismisses University of Louisville Nursing Student Claim

A federal judge has ruled that a former University of Louisville nursing student waived her free speech rights by signing an honor code and can't collect damages after being dismissed from school over a blog post. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III today dismissed a lawsuit  brought by Nina Yoder, who claimed the school improperly dropped her from the nursing program because she blogged some details of a woman's birth. The blog post didn't identify the patient, but included details about the woman's experience in giving birth and multiple editorial comments.

The Bridge
11:53 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Crews Scramble to Repair Eggner's Ferry Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are working on the remaining spans of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge ahead of the arrival contractors to replace a collapsed portion of the bridge.  Officials say they’re trying to complete routine repairs including railing replacement and repairs, as well as deck patching. KYTC Engineer Jim LeFevre says this will cut down on lane restrictions once the span is reopened. Hall Contracting of Kentucky Inc. was awarded a $7 million contract to replace the span which requires the company to have the bridge ready to reopen to traffic before Memorial Day.

Online Dating
7:54 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Illinois Bill Aims to Make Online Dating Safer

Illinois state lawmakers are trying to make it safer for people to use online dating sites.  Legislation aiming to do that passed the House last week.  It would require Internet dating services operating in the state to post disclaimers saying whether they conduct background checks on their members.  The measure is sponsored by Democratic state Representative Michelle Mussman.  She says she wants to help Internet users "become more savvy" and protect themselves from online predators.  Opponents say the bill overreaches.

Health
6:00 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Even With Plenty of Activity, Families Find it Hard to Stay Fit

Daniel Barcelona wikimedia commons

The average adult American is ballooning in weight. This isn’t breaking news. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky possessed a 31 percent obesity rate in 2010, one of the highest in the nation. Naturally, kids are following suit. The nation needs a diet. However, when families strategize ways in which to fight the obesity epidemic, is more activity a key or a curse?

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Crime
8:44 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Graves County Shooting Victim Dies

One of the victims of a shooting in Graves County on Tuesday night passed away yesterday. Police say 25-year-old Ashley Lambert of Dublin died as a result of a gunshot wound. She, along with two other victims, was airlifted to an out of state hospital in critical condition Tuesday. Two suspects are in custody and are now each charged with one count of Murder, and two counts of Attempted Murder. Police arrested 29-year-old Kenon Andrews Tuesday night, and apprehended 28-year-old Jacob Carder late yesterday.

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