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Politics
8:13 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Political scientist writes book on Paul Simon

U.S. Senator Paul Simon
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A political scientist and friend of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon has edited hundreds of the late lawmaker's writings for a new book.  John Jackson is a visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  His new book is called The Essential Paul Simon - Timeless Lessons for Today's Politics. Jackson went through Simon's writings from his time as a newspaper editor, lieutenant governor, presidential candidate and senator.

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Society
8:10 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Illinois to improve conditions at youth prisons

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Illinoisis promising to improve safety at its youth prisons and offer inmates better educational and mental health services.  The Department of Juvenile Justice agreed to the improvements after the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois threatened to sue.  The two sides plan to ask a federal judge today to approve their plan, which calls for investigators to study youth prisons for six months and then recommend changes.  The Department of Juvenile Justice houses about 1,000 children and teenagers.  Watchdog groups say many don't get a decent education or proper treatment for mental illn

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Society
8:04 am
Wed September 12, 2012

IL Lt. Gov. takes “no texting while driving” pledge

IL Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon wants students to stop texting while driving, and to make the point, she signed an "It Can Wait" pledge Tuesday at John A. Logan Community College in Carterville. Simon was part of a ceremony to announce a statewide anti-texting while driving initiative with AT&T Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The "No Text on Board Pledge Day." initiative is set for September 19th. AT&T is asking drivers to promise never to text and drive again.

Government
8:02 am
Wed September 12, 2012

TN Safety chief stresses merit in trooper promotions

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Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says he had to send strong signals early in his time in charge of the state Highway Patrol that the election of a new governor would not lead to favoritism for certain troopers.  Gibbons says Republican Governor Bill Haslam insisted after his 2010 election that only performance and merit would influence promotions and assignments.  Gibbons says after the initial surprise on behalf of some within the agency, the policy has contributed to improved morale.  Former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen had to overhaul the agency following a series of scand

Government
7:57 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Beshear on economic development trip to India

KY Governor Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is on a seven-day trip to India to promote the state to business owners who would like to locate in the U.S.  Beshear arrived in India Tuesday for his third trip to the world's second most populous nation.  Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes will join Beshear on the trip.  Beshear's office says an India-based packaging company, Flex Films, is investing $180 million in Kentucky as a result of his previous visit to the country.  Beshear also made economic development trips to Taiwan and Japan in May and Germany and France in July.

Government
7:56 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Paducah keeps tax rates from 2011

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Paducahresidents will see their real estate and personal property tax rate remain the same for the 2012 fiscal year.  Last night, Mayor Bill Paxton and city commissioners introduced an ordinance keeping the current tax of 25 cents per 100 dollars of assessed value.  The city has maintained this rate for the last five years.  Commissioner Carol Gault says the city has tried to streamline spending to balance its budget without collecting more revenue.  LowerTownArts and Music Festival organizers also presented a report last night.  They told commissioners almost 16,000 people attended this ye

WKMS Press Releases
2:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Media Release: WKMS Cookie Contest Finalists Announced

Murray State’s NPR station, 91.3 WKMS-FM, has narrowed the field of competition to five finalists in its first annual cookie contest. The five cookie makers convene in the food preparation laboratories of MSU’s Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Management Program this Saturday. The finalists are:  Patricia Carrico for French Cream Wafers; Erin Carrico for Coconut Butter Cookies; Barbara Cox for Double Chocolate Dream Cookies; Jessica Evans for Macadamia Cookies with Lemon and White Chocolate; and Susie Fenwick for Brown Butter Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Politics
8:16 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Debate continues on Kentucky's economic climate

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The federal stimulus package remains a debated item among policy analysts with varying political perspectives.  The subject came up during K-E-T’s Kentucky Tonight Monday.  Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy says without the recovery act, the nation would still be in full recession.  He admits there’s still room for economic growth.  “But the reason it’s not growing fast enough,” Bailey says, “is there’s not enough demand.  It’s not about business confidence, it’s about consumer demand.  And there’s not enough consumer demand because there are l too many Americans tha

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Morning Cram
7:23 am
Tue September 11, 2012

the morning cram [We Remember edition]

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Today on NPR:

  • One NPR editor learns lessons about 9/11 from her father's West Point Class of '65, the class that would suffer the academy's greatest number of casualties in Viet Nam.
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Society
6:31 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Richie Farmer's house to be auctioned Sept. 24

Former KY Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer
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The one-time Frankfort home of former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will be sold at auction later this month to help satisfy a foreclosure lawsuit against him.  Franklin Circuit Court Master Commissioner Charlie Jones says the auction will be held September 24th at the temporary county courthouse.

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