Morning Cram
8:03 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Morning Cram [living in an amish paradise edition]


From NPR: The Amish may have chosen to go without many of the delights of the modern world, but they still need to drill, sand and cut wood. So they come to the Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio, for loopholes that allow them to get their hands on power tools. These Amish-friendly alternatives include tools powered by compressed air instead of electricity and industrial skylights that replace gas lamps.

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Amish Bill Signed
2:22 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Beshear Signs Amish Buggy Bill

Ad Meskin

Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.

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Ohio Author Sets Books in W KY
11:20 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Secrets of Crittenden County Author Visits Region

Murray resident Janet Finch alerted WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte to Shelley Shepard Gray's visit to the region.   This New York Times best-selling author has set previous books amidst Amish communities in Ohio.  Upon discovering our Amish community in Crittenden County, she decided to use it as setting for a new series, the first book of which -- "Missing" -- came out March 20, 2012.  Commemorating the publication, Ms. Gray is making  stops in Paducah, Murray and Marion the weekend of March 24.  Hear more about the author. 


Crime and Law
8:42 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Amish Buggy Case

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments today from a group of Graves County Amish men who refused for religious reasons to use a slow moving vehicle sign on their horse-drawn buggies. The men say their faith forbids them from using the orange reflective triangles as the color is immodest and the triangular shape represents the Holy Trinity which they do not believe in. Many have gone to jail for refusing to pay fines for not displaying the signs. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney is arguing on behalf of the men, who are part of the conservative Amish sect Swartzentruber.

1:59 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Bill Allows Reflective Tape for Amish Vehicles

A bill that would allow slow-moving vehicles to use reflective tape instead of an orange triangle is moving through the House. The triangles have become an issue in Kentucky’s Amish community, where the symbol and loud color run counter to religious beliefs. Some Amish men have been arrested for refusing to use the triangles on their buggies. Both the House and the Senate passed separate bills addressing the issue. But the Senate proposal has fewer requirements, and the House decided to take up the Senate’s version.

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2012 General Assembly
10:29 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Winters' Amish Buggy Legislation to Get Vote

From the Associated Press:

Amish Tractor Bill Has Little Support
8:03 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Lawmakers Not Inclined to Restrict Amish Tractors

Steel-wheeled tractor.

Rumble strips in the driving lanes of some rural Kentucky highways aren't intentional.  They've been etched into asphalt by old-fashioned metal wheels some Amish farmers have been putting on modern tractors.  State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville wants the damage stopped.

House Approves Amish Bill
3:38 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Amish Buggie Bill Clears House


Proposals to allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their buggies instead of state-mandated orange triangles have passed both Kentucky legislative chambers.

The House voted today in favor of a bill that requires the Amish to put 200 inches of red tape on their buggies. The bill passed overwhelmingly, 90-9, despite objections from lawmakers in areas where the bill would matter the most. Among the no votes was Representative Martha Jane King of Logan County.  She's heard concerns that the tape isn't as easily seen or as safe as the orange triangle that's used currently.

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Morning Cram
8:30 am
Tue February 21, 2012

the morning cram [women...can't live without 'em edition]

As Rick Santorum climbs in the polls, can he attract the vote of one of the largest voting groups in the nation (women)?

NPR reports even if Santorum can win the nomination, one of the greatest obtacles in his path to the White House is a struggle shared by many GOP candidates, appealing to women.

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2012 General Assembly
6:51 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Amish Buggy Bill Could Soon Be Law

A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law.

The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week.

There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.

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