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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.

Morning Cram
8:18 am
Mon September 3, 2012

the morning cram [homestretch edition]

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Today on NPR:

The end of the Labor Day holiday marks the beginning of the 2012 Presidential race's last lap.

In Kentucky:

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Government
7:54 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Dems call for diversity training for TN lawmakers

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Democratic leaders in the Tennessee legislature are calling for all state lawmakers to undergo diversity and sensitivity training.  They point to insulting comments made by two Republican lawmakers earlier this month to the Legislature's black caucus as the reason.  Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle says he believes lawmakers would benefit from some type of sensitivity session, even if it means incorporating it into the mandatory ethics training.  Vanderbilt University’s Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center director Frank Dobson says the lawmakers' offensive comments are par

Government
7:50 am
Mon September 3, 2012

22 KY children die of abuse, neglect in past year

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A state report released late last week says at least 22 Kentucky children died in the past fiscal year as a result of abuse and neglect.  But the annual report from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services says the deaths have decreased in recent years.  Thirty-one children died from abuse deaths in 2011, 36 in 2010, 29 in 2009 and 30 in 2008.  Child advocates say the drop is good news, but 22 is still too many.  Governor Steve Beshear created a panel of 17 experts this year to review all child deaths and near-deaths stemming from abuse or neglect.

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Government
7:48 am
Mon September 3, 2012

3 judges on special TN Supreme Court panel recuse themselves

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Three justices selected to serve on a special state Supreme Court to hear a suit concerning Tennessee's system for selecting appeals court judges have recused themselves.  Governor Bill Haslam appointed the 5-member panel after all the sitting state Supreme Court justices recused themselves from the case.  The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the judges are former Chief Justice William "Mickey" Barker, former Supreme Court Justice George Brown and former U.S.

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Government
7:41 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Alarming growth of KY drug-addicted newborns

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A recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says the number of Kentucky newborns hospitalized for drug addiction passed on from their mothers has soared over the last decade.  The study links the rise to the prescription pill epidemic in the Commonwealth, where hospitalizations for addicted newborns climbed from 29 in 2000 to 730 last year.  The report says the national rates more than doubled over the same period.  State officials and doctors say statistics include newborn withdrawals from all types of drugs, but they also blame prescription pills for the d

Politics
7:37 am
Mon September 3, 2012

No Kentuckians to speak at Democratic National Convention

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Unlike their GOP counterparts, zero Kentucky officials will take the main stage to speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention.  Last week, Republicans heard from three Kentuckians at their convention: Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and congressional candidate Andy Barr.  University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton says Republicans extended their arms to Kentucky speakers, most notably Paul, to bolster up Mitt Romney’s support with the tea party crowd.  Clayton says Democrats don’t need Kentucky officials to speak because they know President Barack Oba

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