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Government
11:16 am
Wed March 28, 2012

KY Child abuse oversight bill killed, then revived

The measure creating an external panel to review child abuse cases involving fatalities and near-fatalities has been revived in a committee moments after dying in another.  The bill, sponsored by Democratic Representative Susan Westrom, creates a 13-member panel of experts to review how the Cabinet for Health and Family Services handles cases.  It also establishes an independent office of investigation for child protective services.  Westrom's bill was heard Tuesday by the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, but it included several amendments favored by Republican chairwoman Julie Denton.

Government
11:15 am
Wed March 28, 2012

TN Bill to let students express religious viewpoint

A proposal preventing Tennessee students from being discriminated against for expressing religious beliefs is headed for a state House floor vote.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Andy Holt passed the House Education Committee on a voice vote Tuesday.  The companion bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education Committee today.  Holt says he proposed the legislation after talking with a concerned school board member in his district.

Government
11:14 am
Wed March 28, 2012

IL House bill would charge fees for state parks

The Illinois House has passed a bill requiring visitors to state parks to pay admission fees.  Bill sponsor, Republican Representative JoAnn Osmond, says the cash is needed to keep the parks open. Osmond says the money also could help pay to improve the parks because they've fallen into a state of disrepair.  Under the measure, Illinois would be able to charge annual fees for vehicle stickers to get into the parks and daily admission fees for pedestrians or drivers without annual passes.

WKMS Press Releases - Fundraiser Update
1:31 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

WKMS Spring Fundraiser Close to Goal

Murray State's listener supported public radio service, 91.3 WKMS-FM had reached 80 percent of its first fundraiser goal of 2012 as of Monday, March 26.  Station Manager Kate Lochte says, "We're grateful that many listeners have already contributed so generously towards our spring fundraising goal in community support.  We must continue to ask others to complete the goal, since cuts in grant funding for equipment replacement demand we establish an emergency contingency fund in addition to our necessary annual operating budget."

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Government
9:23 am
Thu March 22, 2012

KY Bill would give pretrial home incarceration credit

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill giving defendants in Kentucky who receive home incarceration prior to trial credit for the time served as part of their sentences.  Wednesday, the Senate voted 32-2 to pass the proposal by Senator Robin Webb.  The only votes against it were from Republicans Damon Thayer and John Schickel.  The original version of the bill would have made the measure apply retroactively to defendants granted pretrial home incarceration on or after July 15, 1996, but that provision was deleted before the Senate voted on the bill.

Government
9:22 am
Thu March 22, 2012

IL House approves end to legislative scholarships

Illinoislawmakers are again pushing to get rid of legislative scholarships.  The House voted yesterday to end the program that allows each lawmaker to hand out tuition waivers to students from their district. The measure now goes to the Senate, which has backed the program in the past.  Each legislator can award four-year waivers to two students or divide them among up to eight students.  The program has received criticism after revelations some legislators awarded waivers to family members and the children of political allies.

Government
9:21 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Quinn: FEMA denies Illinois appeal for assistance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied the state's appeal for assistance after a deadly late February tornado and severe storms in southern Illinois.  Quinn says he is disappointed with the decision and doesn't believe "it reflects the reality and devastation on the ground." Hundreds of homes in five southern Illinois counties were damaged or destroyed by storms that killed seven people in Harrisburg.  Quinn says the state is submitting a request to the U.S. Small Business Administration for low-interest loans.

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Government
9:20 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Bill seeks to repeal Tenn. Estate tax

A proposal to repeal Tennessee's estate tax is advancing in the state House.  The measure passed the House Finance Subcommittee Wednesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate’s finance committee.  Under the proposal, the tax - also called the "death tax" - would be gradually phased out over the next four years.  Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says the proposal is beneficial because the tax, in her words, "drives people, capital and jobs out of the state."

Government
9:19 am
Thu March 22, 2012

KY Senate passes bill aimed at stopping copper theft

Scrap yards in Kentucky would be barred from paying cash for copper and other recyclable metals under legislation that cleared the state Senate Wednesday.  The measure requires people selling scrap metal be paid by a check sent by mail.  That move could give police names and addresses if the metals are later found to be stolen.  The Senate voted unanimously for the bill, which now returns to the House for final passage.  Bill sponsor Democratic state Representative Tanya Pullin says thieves have taken guardrails, manhole covers, catalytic converters, utility lines, and even rooftop air cond

Government
9:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Sponsor of guns in TN parking lots bill to amend it

The Republican sponsor of a proposal letting workers in Tennessee store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.  The original bill was up in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Senator Mike Faulk decided to delay it a week.  The measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit.

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