Frankfort, KY – Legislation to tax moist smokeless tobacco the same way as all other smokeless products has failed to pass out of committee. Sponsor Tommy Thompson claimed changing the taxing from a per unit assessment to basing the tax on value, simply restores fairness.'
"Now Kentucky is the only state in the united states that taxes moist snuff on a unit basis," he says.
Nashville, TN – Governor Phil Bredesen is challenging lawmakers to either approve his plan to eliminate a tax exemption for cable bills or to find another way to restore funding for higher education and save 200 state employees' jobs. The Democratic governor said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that: "You've got to move beyond saying 'I don't like this,' and into 'I don't like this, and here's how we plan to fix it."'
Murray, KY – Kentucky State Police say most main roads in the region are now clear. Side roads are still snowy and slushy, but overall they are moderately safe. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Public Information Officer Keith Todd says tonight's impending low temperatures could change things considerably.
Smithland, KY – Circuit Court Judge C. A. Woodall has accepted Kevin Dunlap's non-conditional guilty plea. Dunlap pled guilty yesterday morning to 11 charges, including killing three Trigg County children and raping their mother. He first entered a plea of guilty, but mentally ill. However, Woodall rejected that plea. Dunlap's trial was set to begin today. Instead, about 130 people will come in for jury selection for the sentencing phase.
Frankfort, KY – First Lady Jane Beshear is urging Kentucky lawmakers to approve legislation boosting the state's dropout age from 16 to 18 by July 2014. The former Woodford County High School teacher says dropouts have many reasons for not graduating.