Paducah, KY – The Paducah School Board will hear public comments tonight on a proposal to institute a district-wide grading scale. The Paducah Sun reports several parents oppose the measure, which would toughen the grading scale for all elementary schools. The stricter scale would match the one used at Paducah Middle and Tilghman High schools. Some parents argue toughening the scale could discourage children early in their education. District Superintendent Randy Greene says schools need to raise their expectations, not lower them.
Louisville, KY – Kentucky US Senator Mitch McConnell reached a milestone this past weekend. McConnell is now the state's longest-serving senator with twenty-five years of representation. He surpasses previous record-holder Senator Wendell Ford who retired in the mid-nineties. At a press conference over the weekend, McConnell remembered his Senate election in 1984.
Washington, D. C. – Kentucky's 1st district U-S Representative Ed Whitfield has been elected to serve as the President of the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association. The group monitors flood control, drainage, and navigation issues on the country's longest river. Whitfield had previously served as the Association's First Vice President.
Murray, KY – Residents of Calloway County's Jackson Precinct will vote next week on whether or not Stone Brook Small Farm and Winery may, in fact, become a legal winery. County Clerk Ray Coursey, Jr., says the election is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Murray-Calloway County's Airport Hamp Erwin Terminal. Only residents in the Jackson precinct may cast ballots. If the measure passes the winery will be able to make, bottle and sell its wine.