Associated Press


5:52 am
Thu July 25, 2013

President Obama Plans Tennessee Visit to Talk Manufacturing

The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Tennessee next week to promote his proposals for boosting U.S. manufacturing and high-wage jobs.

Obama will fly on Tuesday to Chattanooga, where he'll visit an Amazon fulfillment center, which packs and ships products to online purchasers. The White House says Obama will discuss ideas he's presented previously to promote American competitiveness and job growth — and also some new ideas.

It's the first in a series of speeches Obama will be giving on specific policy areas. The speeches build on Obama's visits this week to Illinois, Missouri and Florida, where he's speaking broadly about the state of the economy and the need to build a stronger middle class ahead of fiscal fights in Congress this fall.

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5:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Kentucky Appeals Ruling Over Questioning Students

The Kentucky attorney general's office has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case involving whether students must be informed of their rights before being questioned at school.

Attorney General Jack Conway asked the justices Tuesday to overturn a Kentucky Supreme Court decision from April. In that case from Nelson County, the state justices concluded that students must be informed of their legal rights -- including the right to remain silent -- before being questioned by school administrators working with police or school resource officers.

Conway says school administrators shouldn't be required to advise students of their rights -- a practice known as Mirandizing -- simply because a school resource officer may be present during an investigation of school-related issues.

6:15 am
Wed July 24, 2013

McConnell Calls for Backup at Fancy Farm Picnic

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will square off for the first time Aug. 3 with his presumed Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has placed robo calls to GOP voters in Kentucky urging them to attend a church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm next week.

The picnic doubles as a raucous political showdown between Republicans and Democrats during an afternoon of stump speeches. It's especially important to McConnell this year because he's running for re-election, and he will have to share the stage with Democratic contender Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell said he will kick off his re-election campaign at the picnic, which he billed as "the summer event you won't want to miss."

The political speeches are part of a fundraiser for St. Jerome Parish that typically draws some 10,000 people and generates about $250,000.

5:22 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Tennessee Lawmaker Proposes Tuition Freeze

A Republican state lawmaker wants to freeze tuition at Tennessee's colleges and universities.

Sen. Jim Summerville of Dickson says he plans to file legislation during the next session to keep tuition at the current rates.

The Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee system recently adopted tuition hikes ranging from 3 to 6%.

Summerville says the hikes cause students to take out more student loans.

TBR Chancellor John Morgan says the freeze would restrict the ability of colleges and universities to fund needed programs.

6:13 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Wet Wires Result in Fake 911 Calls from Western Kentucky

Dispatchers in western Kentucky must send a law enforcement officer to every 911 call received from a landline telephone, even when there's no sound from a caller on the other end. 

Recently, though, occupants claim they never called 911. And, in some cases, the calls have come from vacant lots. 

Ohio County 911 Dispatch Director Carol Smith told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that wet phone wires are triggering the phantom calls. Dispatch directors in Daviess, Muhlenberg and McLean counties have reported a similar phenomenon. 

Homeowners tend to be unhappy when law enforcement officers arrive at their door uninvited to ask about a problem that doesn't exist.  An AT&T spokeswoman says the company is not aware of the problem.