Paducah, KY – The vote recount between incumbent Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton and challenger City Commissioner Robert Coleman is complete. McCracken County Clerk Jeff Jerell says officials found results exactly the same as before, with Paxton beating Coleman by 48 votes. Jerrell says absentee ballots which had originally found invalid were reviewed and again tossed out. Commissioner Coleman was unavailable for comment.
Madisonville, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear was in Madisonville today to help break ground on the city's South Main Interceptor Project. The new newer system will provide sewage service to over 650 underserved households. Development funding comes from local and state resources.
Frankfort, KY – Reaction is coming in to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's budget-balancing plan. For one thing, the governor is calling for three-day furloughs for state workers. Beshear says if lawmakers would approve them, furloughs could save the state eight million dollars this fiscal year. Lee Jackson of the Kentucky Association of State Employees says furloughs beat layoffs.
Frankfort, KY – With the state facing a 456-million dollar revenue shortfall, Governor Beshear wants to raise the cigarette tax from 30-cents to one dollar per pack. But he says it would be April before the tax could start generating revenue.
"We wouldn't have a full year's source of revenue there. It would produce, we estimate about 81-point-five million dollars."
Mayfield, KY – A grand jury will decide next week whether or not to indict Joanal and Amy Deberry for breeding dogs for fighting. Graves County Chief Deputy Dewayne Redmon says the two were arrested on November 5 when the police found 72 pit bulls located on their property. A veterinarian examined the animals, finding several scars on their bodies consistent with injuries from dogfighting. The Deberrys are charged with 30 counts of animal cruelty, and Redmon says each defendant could face up to 5 years in prison per charge.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Human Rights Commission has received its second largest number of complaints in forty-eight years. Between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008 the commission received 421 discrimination complaints. That's only slightly lower than the 2007 cycle when the state recorded its highest number of complaints. Eighty percent of the filers reported discrimination in employment situations.