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7:57 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Christian County man pleads guilty in gun possession case

U.S. Courthouse in Paducah, KY
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A Christian County man has pleaded guilty to federal gun charges, including having an Iraqi machine gun.  U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell set sentencing for 45-year-old Lawrence Bussell for October 10th in Paducah. Bussell entered his guilty plea Wednesday to charges of possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of firearms by a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence.  In court, Bussell admitted having 13 firearms, including the Iraqi machine gun, which was of an unknown make and model. 

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Society
7:48 am
Thu July 11, 2013

IEMA: New mobile website available in emergencies

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Illinoisans can now use their smartphones or tablets to get information on emergency preparedness or where to get help in a disaster.  The Illinois Emergency Management Agency says it’s activated a new mobile version of its Ready Illinois website. The site has information about disasters, hazards, preparedness and recovery.  Jonathon Monken is IEMA director. He says the mobile website will be particularly helpful during disasters. He says it will allow people to get real-time updates about road closures, shelters and other critical information. 

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Politics
7:33 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Conway first speaker to sign up for 2013 Fancy Farm

KY AG Jack Conway at Fancy Farm Picnic in 2011
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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is the first statewide elected official to sign up to speak at this year's Fancy Farm picnic on August 3rd.  Conway is a potential 2015 gubernatorial candidate, and has been a regular in recent years at the picnic, which has historically been the place where Kentucky candidates kick off campaigns.  U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, have also been invited but haven't yet confirmed. 

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Government
7:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Illinois AG will seek damages from Apple

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the state will seek to recover damages from Apple Incorporated after a federal judge found the company violated antitrust laws.  A U.S. District Court judge in New York ruled Wednesday that Apple conspired with book publishers to raise electronic book prices significantly in spring 2010.  Madigan says Apple and the publishers forced book buyers to pay millions more for e-books than they would have otherwise.  She says Illinois will be one of 33 states and territories trying to recover damages in a second trial.

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Society
7:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ex-Ft. Campbell Army inspector accused of stealing troops' IDs

Insignia for the 101 Airborne (Air Assault)
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A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been accused of stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars in bank loans.  The indictment handed down Wednesday alleges 42-year-old James Robert Jones used his position as an assistant inspector general to obtain personal information on Army officers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan. 

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Morning Cram
8:15 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Morning Cram [Not so grate edition]

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From NPR: Something as simple as a pair of shoes could help Oregon reduce health care costs.

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Government
7:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Quinn: Inaction on pension "lets down taxpayers"

IL Gov. Pat Quinn
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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down taxpayers.  Quinn set Tuesday as the deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible.  Quinn says there'll be consequences, but he's declined to say exactly what he'd do. 

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Government
7:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Beshear didn't know in advance of Grimes' campaign

KY Gov. Steve Beshear at Fancy Farm in 2010
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.  The governor says he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s. 

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Society
7:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Police: Rash of storm grate thefts in Madisonville

Hopkins County Courthouse in Madisonville
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Madisonville police are asking the public's help after a rash of storm grate thefts have left exposed holes around the city.  Lieutenant Jason Lutz says the thefts ran through May and June and roughly 30 grates have been taken. He says the thefts have left dangerously large openings exposed in the ground that could lead to injuries or damage to passing vehicles. 

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Business
7:02 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Honeywell Metropolis resumes full production

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Officials for Honeywell’s Metropolis plant say the facility will begin full production of uranium hexafluoride this morning.  Honeywell made the announcement yesterday after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s completion of a plant upgrade review last week. 

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