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Government
11:05 am
Fri August 16, 2013

DOE urged to move quickly on PGDP cleanup

The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site
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Kentucky's U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, along with 1st District U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield, are warning federal energy officials any delays in cleaning up the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site would endanger the region's health and economy.  The three Republicans sent a letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today urging that site cleanup begin and requesting another meeting.

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Society
10:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KY among 6 states in new program to drive health costs down

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Kentucky is one of six states along with Puerto Rico that will participate in a program to help drive down medical costs by targeting frequent healthcare system users.  Staff from the National Governors Association and other experts will help train officials from participating states to develop a plan for super-utilizers. These are patients who may benefit from less costly, more appropriate treatment elsewhere.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu July 18, 2013

TN Labor department to discuss workers' comp changes

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is holding a series of seminars across the state to explain the Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2013.   The bill removes injured workers' claims from state trial courts and instead creates a special panel appointed by the governor to hear claims and appeals. 

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Politics
7:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Madigan to seek re-election, not run for IL governor

IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.  Madigan says she's been considering the decision for months but she enjoys her current job.  She says mulled the gubernatorial run because of the need for effective management. 

However, she says one factor is in her decision is her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan. She says the state wouldn't be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family. 

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Politics
7:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

GOP's Dillard officially enters IL governor's race

IL State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R)
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Illinois Republican state Senator Kirk Dillard has launched his 2014 campaign to become that state’s governor.  Dillard lost the 2010 GOP primary to state Senator Bill Brady Dillard but says he's learned lessons since then.  He's billing himself as a good candidate because he's a suburban Chicago politician with downstate votes. 

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Government
7:36 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Blagojevich facing deadline to appeal convictions

Former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.  Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes more than two years after the Blagojevich's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison. 

Jurors convicted the former governor for wide-ranging corruption, including a bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the U.S. senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president. 

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Business
7:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Pilot sends checks to companies shorted on rebates

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Pilot Flying J has sent checks to trucking companies allegedly shorted on rebates amid an FBI investigation of alleged fraud by the sales staff at the nation's largest diesel retailer.  Company CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says that following an audit, his company has sent out money owed, with interest, to customers. 

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Business
7:23 am
Tue July 16, 2013

KY Treasurer warns of unclaimed property scams

KY State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach
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Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is urging residents across the Commonwealth to be alert for scams involving unclaimed property.  Hollenbach says several business firms are using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain unclaimed property owner information. He says their intent is to sell individuals an unclaimed property search. 

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Politics
7:18 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Yarmuth predicts hard-hitting campaign by Grimes

KY Sec. of State Allison Lundergan Grimes
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Kentucky's only Democratic congressman predicts Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes will run the most aggressive campaign that Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has seen from a challenger.  Grimes has kept a low profile since announcing her bid to unseat McConnell next year.  U.S. Representative John Yarmuth says Grimes will soon take the fight to McConnell in what's shaping up as Kentucky’s costliest race ever. 

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Morning Cram
9:09 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Morning Cram [Glowing Commonwealth edition]

Recycling logo found on plastic water bottles.
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From NPR: BPA in plastics go on trial in Texas.

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