Associated Press


Severe Weather
9:58 am
Sat March 24, 2012

F1 Tornado Strikes Louisville Area

The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area Friday afternoon produced an F1 tornado and knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well. The tornado struck about 13 miles southeast of downtown Louisville, and was on the ground for 2.5 miles.

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High Winds and Possible Tornado
3:51 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Thunderstorms Knock out Power in Louisville Area

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says a line of storms that moved through the Louisville area this afternoon brought strong winds that knocked out power to about twelve thousand homes and businesses. Some homes were damaged, as well.

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Moonshine and Lawn Mower
2:27 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Forestry Officials Say Man on Lawn Mower Set Fires

According to Kentucky Forestry officials, an Eastern Kentucky man set a number of small fires while he was holding a jar of moonshine and riding a lawn mower. They say the man was spotted setting fires in Bell County.

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Drug Tests Included in Pending Legislation
1:30 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Tennessee Attorney General's Opinion Says "No" to Drug Tests

A Tennessee Attorney General's opinion says the Volunteer State can't broadly drug test people as a condition of their receiving welfare benefits. The opinion, which was issued by the office of state Attorney General Robert Cooper, is a response to several bills that are now pending in the State Legislature.

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Bat Malady in Park Cave
10:15 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

White Nose Confirmed in Smokies

Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Service

Biologists in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have confirmed that two bats found in a park cave have white-nose syndrome. The fungus that causes the disease had been found earlier in the Smokies.

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Job Searches Must be Reported
10:05 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Tennessee Officials Say New Unemployment Requirements to Take Effect in April

TN Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

New guidelines issued by the U-S Department of Labor mean claimants will have to conduct documented work searches to continue receiving jobless benefits. Under terms of federal legislation enacted in February, claimants will also be required to meet face to face with state job service workers.

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Some Older Students Could Stay in School
5:15 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

House Passes Bill to Allow Older Refugees to Stay in School

Rep. Jody Richards

Refugees would be allowed to remain in Kentucky high schools past their 21st birthday under a measure that has cleared the Kentucky House of Representatives. House Bill 183 is sponsored by Bowling Green Democrat Jody Richards, who says the proposal is intended to help refugees who have come to the United States to escape persecution in other countries.

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Images on Packs Upheld
10:52 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Tobacco Law

A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a law that requires new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. The Associated Press reports that the ruling relates to one of two suits by tobacco companies against the Federal rules that would require them to place large images on cigarette packs, depicting health ravages of smoking. The suit that prompted today's decision was filed in Kentucky.

IRS Inquiries Questioned
2:11 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Twelve Senators Question IRS Policies Toward Tea Party Groups

U-S Senator Lamar Alexander

Two US Senators from Kentucky and two from Tennessee are among twelve GOP lawmakers who are questioning whether the Obama Administration is using the Internal Revenue Service to target Tea Party related non-profit organizations.  The twelve members of the US Senate have sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. 

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McConnell Says Senate Should Have Input
5:45 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

McConnell Files Bill to Address Prison Worker Controversy

U-S Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has filed legislation that would require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to be appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.

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