A Louisville tea party leader has endorsed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for re-election next year.  Marilyn Parker is a member of the Louisville metro council, and she says she has always supported McConnell and that she made today’s (Friday’s) formal public pronouncement to remove any doubts. 

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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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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.


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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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. 


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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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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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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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. 


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.