Nashville, TN – The Tennessee General Assembly is launching an overhauled Web site that officials say will make it easier to track bills and to watch video about specific legislative measures. The Legislature spent $52,000 to upgrade the site that hadn't had a major upgrade since 1999. The new site's features include personalized bill tracking, more detailed district maps and indexed video of committee meetings and floor sessions. The site also carries a new Web address: capitol.tn.gov. The 106th General Assembly convenes Tuesday.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's use of the death penalty could be expanded to include more child killers. Republican Representative Joe Fischer's proposal would give prosecutors more freedom to seek the death penalty in certain murder cases. Prosecutors could seek the death penalty against people who kill children under age 12 after having previously harmed them. The proposal is just one of nearly 200 filed in the opening days of the 2009 General Assembly.
Frankfort, KY – Officials at the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet say December's unemployment insurance claims set a single month record. Last month, the system paid out nearly seventy-nine million dollars in UI claims. Seventy-five percent more people applied for assistance this year than last December. Unemployment requests haven't hit this level since January 1983.