Paducah, Kentucky – A Paducah man is charged with embezzling money from Toys for Tots. 33-year-old Jason Carper was arrested Monday and admitted to taking in excess of $11,000 from the US Marine Corps-run organization that provides holiday gifts to needy children. Paducah Police say Carper, a local coordinator for the charity, took the money over the last three to four months, transferring it from a Toys for Tots account into his own personal account to pay personal expenses, including a house payment.
Kentucky – Kentucky Educational Television is taking a major hit under Governor Steve Beshear's budget-balancing plan. Education Secretary Helen Mountjoy says KET is a member of the 18-percent club, which means their budget has already been cut 18 percent this calendar year. Now they're facing another four-percent cut.
"They're probably going to have to discontinue the KET ED program, which is a whole series of programs that go directly into classrooms and are used all over the commonwealth."
Kentucky – Education Secretary Helen Mountjoy says Kentucky Educational Television is a member of the 18-percent club. That means they've already experienced an 18-percent reduction in their budget in the current calendar year. Now, they're facing another four-percent cut. "An additional four-percent cut in KET amounts to over a half-million dollars. And it's going to mean that they're probably going to have to reduce eight more positions."
Murray, KY – Every month, WKMS News Director Chad Lampe discusses the issues and events in and around Murray State University with MSU President Dr. Randy Dunn. Today, they talk about MSU's longer holiday and Dr. Dunn reacts to the news that a former colleague has just been tapped to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.