Jerry Rhoads http://wkms.org en Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids http://wkms.org/post/report-minimum-wage-hike-would-be-boon-ky-workers-kids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a call from President Barack Obama to “give America a raise” in </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/01/28/267901424/transcript-obamas-state-of-the-union-address-as-prepared-for-delivery" style="line-height: 1.5;">last night’s State of the Union address</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a new brief from a Kentucky economic think-tank says that a raise in the minimum wage would benefit about 1 in 4 workers and reduce child poverty.</span></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:53:35 +0000 Jonathan Meador & John Null 38365 at http://wkms.org Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Be a Boon for Ky. Workers, Kids Rhoads Won't Seek Re-election http://wkms.org/post/rhoads-wont-seek-re-election <p>Democratic State Senator Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville says he won’t seek re-election this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:55:02 +0000 Todd Hatton 37952 at http://wkms.org Rhoads Won't Seek Re-election Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally http://wkms.org/post/crowd-expected-henderson-umwa-rally <p></p><p>The United Mine Workers of America will stage a protest in Henderson Tuesday over Patriot Coal’s move to end its contract and reduce wages and benefits for active union members.</p><p>The UMWA will bring more than 30 busloads of supporters from around the Midwest and Appalachia to the Henderson County Courthouse in western Kentucky. <a href="http://wkms.org/post/judge-sides-patriot-coal-miners-plan-protests">A ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge last week</a> authorized Patriot to make a variety of financial moves during reorganization.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:07:34 +0000 John Null & The Associated Press 31855 at http://wkms.org Crowd Expected at Henderson UMWA Rally Rhoads Sponsors Bill to Create New Library Tax Districts http://wkms.org/post/rhoads-sponsors-bill-create-new-library-tax-districts <p></p><p>State Senator Jerry Rhoads of Madisonville is sponsoring a bill to create an alternate option for creating a library tax district in counties that do not already have one. The bill allows fiscal courts in those counties to create a library tax district by ordinance. The county’s judge-executive would then appoint a five-member library board to decide the tax rate.</p><p>Rhoads says there are several counties including Hopkins and Christian that could benefit from this bill if passed. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:43:49 +0000 Whitney Jones 27137 at http://wkms.org Rhoads Sponsors Bill to Create New Library Tax Districts Stivers Withdraws Pseudoephedrine Bill http://wkms.org/post/stivers-withdraws-pseudoephedrine-bill <p>A Senate bill that would have made pseudoephedrine available by prescription only has surprisingly been killed by its sponsor.<br /><br /> State Senator Robert Stivers withdrew Senate Bill 50 Thursday, to the objection of several of his colleagues.<br /> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 13:57:27 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 17030 at http://wkms.org