Federal prosecutors want former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Rich Farmer to serve 27-months in prison and pay $120,500 in restitution to the state.
In a sentencing memo filed Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Taylor says failing to punish Farmer's conduct will lead to it becoming "part of the culture of government." Farmer pleaded guilty in September to two counts of misappropriating government resources while overseeing the Agriculture Department.
Another state spending plan, another set of dire predictions of budget cuts. In each year of Governor Bill Haslam's term in office, the Republican has warned that budget cuts are necessary to cope with projected shortfalls.
And yet, each year the state's spending has increased. The low-end projection for the state's share of the upcoming spending plan is $12.22 billion.
University of Wisconsin System officials have released the names of the finalists vying to become the next system president.
The candidates include Raymond Cross, chancellor of the UW Colleges and Extension; Peter Garland, executive vice chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and Robert King, president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.
Circuit Court judges from around the state gathered in Frankfort recently for an educational session.
The 2013 Circuit Judges Fall College offered updates on case law and legislation. Judges also attended sessions on court technology, bail, e-discovery and court interpreting during the November meeting.
Jefferson Family Court Judge Stephen George was elected president of the Kentucky Circuit Judges Association at the college.
The Kentucky Arts Council is looking for performing artists to be included in an online directory.
According to the council, presenters use the directory to identify artists for performance bookings and other projects.
Arts council Executive Director Lori Meadows says those included in the directory also will receive opportunities for business training and marketing assistance to help with their professional careers.