Paris, Tennessee Commissioners will discuss several financial issues at their meeting tonight. The Paris Post Intelligencer said commissioners will consider amending the 2012 fiscal year budget to allow the city to issue notes for sewer line expansion and to purchase a new fire truck. They’ll look at a rate increase for tire disposal at the Paris-Henry County Landfill. The rise would offset the costs private contractors charge to pick up used tires. And commissioners will consider adoption of one of the options listed by the state to reduce the city’s future payout for employee pensions.
Paducah’s first and only dog park is set to open August 15th. Construction started yesterday on fencing to enclose the one point six acre parcel in Stuart Nelson Park. The finished area will be two small parks; one for dogs more than thirty pounds and one for smaller dogs. In 2010 the Paducah City Commission challenged the public to raise $20,000 towards the $40,000. Two years later, private donors met that goal and the City of Paducah matched it.
From NPR: Beginning today, most new and renewing health insurance plans must begin offering a broad array of women's preventive health services, most notably coverage of birth control, at no upfront cost.
A pair of former McCracken County Humane Society employees accused of animal cruelty will be tried separately. According to The Paducah Sun, Assistant County Attorney Todd Jones said Beau Anderson will be tried on nine counts of animal cruelty separately from current general manager DaLena Hall. However, the pair will still be tried together on forgery and unlawful euthanasia charges. Anderson and Hall are accused of forging euthanasia documents.
The McCracken County Library is offering free legal clinics for low-income individuals, thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Bar Association. Kentucky Legal Aid Attorney Natalie Bash told the Paducah Sun anyone who meets the federal poverty guidelines by 100 to 120 percent is eligible to participate. Local attorneys will provide advice and answer questions about any family law issue that can be handled on a brief service basis. This includes simple divorces, child support and child custody cases.
From NPR: Things have gotten even worse in India, where a power failure that affected about 370 million people on Monday was followed by an even larger grid collapse today that left about 600 million without access to electricity.
Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he’ll speak on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at Saturday’s annual Fancy Farm picnic. Picnic political speaking chair Mark Wilson had initially told Kentucky Public Radio Romney would send a surrogate speaker, but he later confirmed McConnell will fill in instead.
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is now available at Paducah’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. Administered and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Agency, as well as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the program offers low-income senior citizens in McCracken County check booklets that can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at certified farmers’ markets. The Paducah Sun says seniors meeting the age and income requirements may receive one booklet of seven checks redeemable for a total of $28.
From NPR: An epic battle between the two biggest smartphone makers begins Monday in a federal district court in San Jose, Calif., where computing giant Apple is asking for more than $2.5 billion from rival phone maker Samsung for patent violations.