Afternoon Update
4:09 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/6/12

Today on NPR: Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday. He was 91. Bradbury was known for his futuristic tales — but he never used a computer, or even drove a car.

Government:

The Kentucky Board of Education unanimously agreed to award Commissioner Terry Holliday a four-year extension of his contract.

Local county attorneys are upset over 12 % cuts to their offices of Child Support Enforcement.

Time is running out for rural Obion County, Tennessee residents' fire protection contracts, and at least one community fire chief is trying to ensure residents in his portion of the county will keep the service.

Appearing on CNN Tuesday, Senator Rand Paul supported the idea of wealthier Americans paying higher taxes if the code is simplified and all loopholes are closed.

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says the money involved in direct judicial elections is corrupting the legal system.

Around the Commonwealth:

While layoffs are reportedly underway at the University of Kentucky, cutbacks at Eastern Kentucky University should be less painful.

The post positions are set for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, the third leg in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

The Prairie State:

Metropolis Illinois’ Superman Celebration begins Thursday afternoon.