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Government
7:56 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Illinois treasurer has $1.6B in unclaimed property

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Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking residents to go online and find out if they or their relatives can claim any of the $1.6 billion in unclaimed property being held by the state.  Abandoned bank accounts, stocks, items in safe-deposit boxes and other unclaimed property are turned over to the treasurer’s office when the owners can't be found.  The treasurer's I-Cash program attempts to return property to the rightful owners or their heirs. Last year, it returned more than $100 million worth of property.

Government
7:53 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Start date for 2013 KY legislative session Jan. 8

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Kentucky’s legislative leaders have approved the calendar for the 2013 General Assembly session.  The start date is always is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the new year, which falls on January 8th.  In odd-numbered years, lawmakers meet for 30 days. The first four days will be used for organizational purposes, including electing or re-electing lawmakers to leadership positions, and for filing legislation.

Government
7:51 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State seeks to keep Ky. liquor law in place

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Kentucky officials and a package liquor store are asking a federal judge to stop enforcement of a ruling that would allow grocery stores and other outlets to sell alcohol.  In motions filed Wednesday, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and The Party Source store told U.S.

Morning Cram
7:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

the morning cram [not corny enough edition]

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Today on NPR:

  • Fact checkers dubious on some claims made at the DNC.

In Kentucky:

  • Commonwealth Education Commissioner Terry Holliday braces teachers for lower-than-expected test scores.

In Illinois:

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Society
7:38 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Corn harvest continues to speed ahead of schedule

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The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.  In its weekly crop update, the USDA says little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.  Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.  Tennessee has almost half of its corn in, compared to the usual 21 percent.

Education
7:34 am
Wed September 5, 2012

KY Ed commissioner warns of low test scores

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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed.  In a teacher newsblog post Tuesday, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new state guidelines adopted for English and mathematics.  Holliday says teachers shouldn’t be discouraged by the low scores, but use them as a basis for improvement.  He says the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same sin

Government
7:29 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Judge Sides With AFSCME And Arbitrator To Halt Prison Transfers

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A southern Illinois judge upheld an arbitrator’s decision on Tuesday to continue a freeze on inmate transfers out of the Tamms Supermax prison and other facilities slated for closure.  Judge Charles Cavaness ruled in Alexander County Court that the temporary restraining order can stay in place for 30 days while the state and the workers’ union return to impact bargaining.  Last week, arbitrator Steven Bierig  ruled the state violated the collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, did not rule on the union’s grievance tha

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Morning Cram
9:40 am
Tue September 4, 2012

the morning cram [West Wing callback edition]

San Antonio Mayor and 2012 DNC keynote speaker Julian Castro
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Today on NPR:

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be the DNC's first Latino keynoter.

In Kentucky:

  • Kentucky's state auditor is among the first-time delegates headed to the Democrats' National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • This year's Kentucky Women Writers Conference features foodie authors.
Arts
9:28 am
Tue September 4, 2012

KY Women writers conference features food

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This year's Kentucky Women Writers Conference  will feature food writing with keynote speaker Ruth Reichl.  Reichl is former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and is a judge on the television show "Top Chef Masters" on Bravo.  The conference is scheduled for September 21st and 22nd at the University of Kentucky.  The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest-running event of its kind in the United States.

Politics
9:25 am
Tue September 4, 2012

KY state auditor heads for this week's DNC

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As Democrats head to Charlotte, North Carolina this week for the Democratic National Convention, many Kentucky delegates will be going for the first time.  Auditor Adam Edelen is one of those first-timers. Edelen says he thinks his party will show why they truly are the best representatives and supporters of the middle class.  Edelen says former President Bill Clinton will likely be the best messenger for that campaign at the convention.

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