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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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Science
8:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

UK Healthcare receives NCI designation

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The University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center reached a long-sought after milestone Friday, with officials announcing the center has been granted National Cancer Center Institute cancer center status.  Despite being ranked at or near the top nationally for a multitude of cancers, Kentucky has been one of 16 states without an NCI-designated facility. 

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Government
8:30 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Beshear Open to Dialogue On Nuclear Power

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he supports a dialogue on the construction of nuclear power plants in Kentucky.

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Government
8:27 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Grants awarded to 5 Ky. law enforcement agencies

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Five Kentucky law enforcement agencies, including two in our region, will share nearly $33,000 worth of grants to provide essential equipment for law enforcement officers..  The grants are being awarded through the state Law Enforcement Protection Program and administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  The money can be used to acquire body armor, weapons, ammunition and Tasers. 

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Education
8:25 am
Mon July 15, 2013

IL Lt. Gov. Simon presses for fewer college obstacles

IL Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is urging educators to do everything they can to remove obstacles such as higher loan rates that are keeping people from finishing college.  Simon is the state government's point person on education reform.  Last week, Simon was honored with the College Changes Everything Champion Award. The recognition is given out each year by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.  In accepting the award, Simon said lower student loan rates will help older part-time students finish college. 

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Education
10:09 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Beshear announces awards for KY CECCs

KY Gov. Steve Beshear
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Community Early Childhood Councils in nine western Kentucky counties are among the fifty-eight across the Commonwealth that will receive almost $1.2 million in grants to promote school readiness.  Governor Steve Beshear announced the awards this week.  Calloway, Christian, Daviess, Graves, Marshall, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, and Muhlenberg will see a total of $160,000 in funding. 

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