In January, the chancellor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System will move into the presidency. The KCTCS Board voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm Dr. Jay Box as successor to current President Michael McCall.
Kentucky's Automated Truck Screening Project usage is about to almost double at interstate weigh stations. There are currently five systems deployed at weigh stations throughout the state. The technology allows for automated license plate readings that can be used to determine if a truck has delinquent taxes or regulation violations.
Attempts to win approval of dating violence legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly could be bolstered by a new strategy. Kentucky Domestic Violence Association Director Sherry Currens says lawmakers will be asked to consider creating a new section in Kentucky Revised Statutes for domestic partner dating violence. Currens says the domestic partner statutes pertaining to dating violence have been aired in the state capital numerous times.
A federal appeals court has upheld Kentucky's ban on same sex marriage. The ruling by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court in Cincinnati yesterday covered appeals from Kentucky as well as Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. Kent Ostrander with the Family Foundation of Kentucky believes the ruling reaffirms a political decision made by voters.
"Clearly Kentucky voter strongly to protect marriage and that's our right to do so,” Ostrander said. “This court agreed with that and they're the first circuit court to do so and we're very pleased."
Following the mid-term election, the political makeup of Kentucky's 100 member House will remain the same. The news pleases House Democrats but is disappointing for GOP supporters.
Republicans have made gains over the years in adding members to the Kentucky House. GOP leaders were hoping this would be the year when the House flipped its majority. But, after all the results came in Tuesday, the breakdown was the same: 54 democrats and 46 republicans. Lexington GOP Representative Stan Lee says a closer look at results will occur.
Many of central Kentucky's Future Farmers of America are participating this week in the group's 87th national convention in Louisville. Some 60,000 FFA members from the around the U.S. are expected for the four-day event. Madison Southern High School FFA Instructor Wes Williams says attendees will have an opportunity to see the latest agriculture equipment. "All the major agriculture companies come in and there are all kinds of agriculture equipment, new and innovative. And it gives a lot of our students the opportunity to come and see stuff like that that they otherwise wouldn't see," said Williams.
It's been half a century since the first organ transplant operation was performed in the commonwealth. The University of Kentucky last week commemorated the milestone during the 50th Anniversary Transplant Symposium.
A report just released by the National Women's Law Center ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally for providing child care assistance to low income families. Child care subsidies were restored earlier this year through action of the general assembly. Even so, Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks said the Commonwealth still lags behind many other states.