Government http://wkms.org en Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections http://wkms.org/post/henry-co-voters-confused-primary-ballots-statewide-elections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With less than two weeks until the Tennessee primary election, at least one local election official reports general voter confusion over the state’s ballot system.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:22:50 +0000 John Null 42326 at http://wkms.org Henry Co. Voters Confused by Primary Ballots for Statewide Elections Kentucky I-69 Project One Step Closer to Completion http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-i-69-project-one-step-closer-completion <p>State officials have issued another contract for ongoing work to convert a stretch of road to Interstate 69 in Webster County.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:39:13 +0000 Parker Franklin 42316 at http://wkms.org Kentucky I-69 Project One Step Closer to Completion $1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker http://wkms.org/post/13-billion-state-contracts-not-unusual-says-ky-lawmaker <p>A Kentucky state government committee approved $1.3 billion worth of contracts this month. The Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission points out&nbsp; that the contracts have been approved at a time when the state is experiencing a $91 million revenue shortfall.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:06 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42295 at http://wkms.org $1.3 Billion in State Contracts Not Unusual, Says Ky. Lawmaker Christian County Judge Wants Explanations from No-Show Jurors http://wkms.org/post/christian-county-judge-wants-explanations-no-show-jurors <p>After noticing a significant drop in jury summons responses this year, a western Kentucky judge is taking steps to make sure potential jurors are fulfilling their civic duty.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:58:17 +0000 John Null 42289 at http://wkms.org Christian County Judge Wants Explanations from No-Show Jurors Fort Knox Not Being Considered to House Child Refugees http://wkms.org/post/fort-knox-not-being-considered-house-child-refugees <p>Fort Knox will not receive child immigrants, despite being mentioned by lawmakers, including Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. Kentucky 3<sup>rd</sup> District Representative John Yarmuth issued a statement Monday stating the Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed it is not considering Fort Knox for housing of children fleeing violence south of the border. The Depart of Defense had submitted Fort Knox as a site large enough to house the immigrants, but HHS has final say.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Troy Taylor 42283 at http://wkms.org Fort Knox Not Being Considered to House Child Refugees I-69 Bridge Estimate Cut by $600 Million http://wkms.org/post/i-69-bridge-estimate-cut-600-million <p>A new proposal for a bridge linking Henderson, Ky. and Evansville, Ind. as part of <a href="http://wkms.org/post/another-contract-awarded-i-69-moves-forward">the ongoing I-69 project</a> cuts more than $600 million from its previous estimate.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:41 +0000 John Null 42255 at http://wkms.org I-69 Bridge Estimate Cut by $600 Million Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Considering Next Steps For New Location After High Bids http://wkms.org/post/hopkins-county-madisonville-library-considering-next-steps-new-location-after-high-bids <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Hopkins </span>County-Madisonville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Public Library is looking for ways to stay within its budget after recent bids for an ongoing renovation project came in far above budget.</span></p><p>The board took no action at a meeting Thursday, but it is moving forward to find ways to stay within its budget of less than $400,000. The bids for the renovation of 425 East Center Street ranged from nearly $604,000 to $813,000.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:52:34 +0000 Whitney Jones 42209 at http://wkms.org Hopkins County-Madisonville Library Considering Next Steps For New Location After High Bids U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House http://wkms.org/post/us-house-majority-leader-elect-bowling-green-raise-money-gop-efforts-win-state-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican efforts to win control of the Kentucky House got a boost from a national figure Saturday.</span></p><p>The incoming U.S. House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, was in Bowling Green to raise money for the Republican Party of Kentucky House Trust. McCarthy visited the commonwealth at the request of the state’s&nbsp;2nd&nbsp;District Congressman, Brett Guthrie of Warren County.</p><p>Speaking to reporters before the fundraiser, Rep. McCarthy said what happens in state legislatures can often trickle up to the nation's capital.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:42:29 +0000 Kevin Willis 42250 at http://wkms.org U.S. House Majority Leader-Elect in Bowling Green to Raise Money for GOP Efforts to Win State House Smoke-Free Coalition To Make Another Legislative Push in 2015 http://wkms.org/post/smoke-free-coalition-make-another-legislative-push-2015 <p></p><p>After&nbsp;another legislative session in which a statewide smoke-free bill stalled in Frankfort, the Smoke-Free Kentucky Coalition is beginning an optimistic 2015 push.</p><p>A previous effort sponsored by Lexington Democrat Rep. Susan Westrom died in the House amid speculation<a href="http://wkms.org/post/westrom-lobbying-taking-toll-smoking-ban-bill"> that tobacco lobbying and election year concerns contributed to its demise.</a></p><p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:20:02 +0000 Jonathan Meador & John Null 42227 at http://wkms.org Smoke-Free Coalition To Make Another Legislative Push in 2015 Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall http://wkms.org/post/beshear-cuts-budget-balance-909-million-kentucky-budget-shortfall <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="Gov. Steve Beshear in 2013" data-attribution="Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfpl/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201303/DSC_2798.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:29:42 +0000 Jonathan Meador 42179 at http://wkms.org Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall