Government

Government
6:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Lawmaker wants to expand the availability of EpiPens in schools

allergysf.com

A Kentucky state lawmaker wants to expand EpiPen use in schools. EpiPens are used to stop the effects of allergic reactions, and currently, state law only allows students with allergies to carry the devices. But Representative Addia Wuchner says not all students are aware of their allergies, and she will again file a bill that would allow schools to carry EpiPens for general use.

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Crime
3:00 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Jackson Waives Preliminary Hearing, May Negotiate Plea Deal

Zay Jackson
Lance Allison, goracers.com

Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship hopes to work out a plea deal with Murray State University basketball player Zaveral “Zay” Jackson. Jackson faces felony assault charges for allegedly hitting two people with his car during an argument in the Murray Walmart parking lot earlier this month. Blankenship says Jackson has waived his right to preliminary hearing and grand jury consideration.

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Government
3:47 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Critics Find Issues with Proposed New Ky. Execution Policy

Critics of Kentucky's proposed new death penalty method have asked officials to make multiple changes to how executions are carried out now that the state is switching to a one- or two-drug lethal injection. During a hearing Tuesday in Frankfort, public defenders, private attorneys and anti-death penalty activists said the rules Kentucky wants to put in place have multiple problems, including that condemned inmates aren't allowed access to their attorneys on the day of execution.

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Government
3:11 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Fort Campbell Soldiers Prepare to Deploy for Support Role in Afghanistan

Soldiers after a training day at Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell Army leaders are learning how to take a backseat role when they return to Afghanistan this fall to serve as military advisers. About 1,900 troops from the 1st Brigade Combat Team in the 101st Airborne Division, will serve as a Security Force Assistance Brigade with a mission to prepare the Afghan security forces for the coming withdrawal of NATO troops.

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Government
1:51 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Report shows Kentucky's debt continues to increase

facebook.com

An annual report that describes the state’s financial outlook shows that Kentucky has once again gone deeper into debt.

The report, when compared with past years, shows the state added more than $110 million in debt during the last fiscal year.

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Government
11:33 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Army Corps Reduces Barkley Lock Hours

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to reduce operating hours at the Barkley Navigation Lock to save money. The Corps announced Monday it will go from a 24 hour to a 20 hour a day operation, starting Jan. 7, 2013.

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Higher Education
11:29 am
Mon September 24, 2012

MSU President Dr. Dunn Finalist in Search for New Missouri State President

Dr. Randy Dunn (left) and Clifton Smart III (right)
missouristate.edu

Murray State University President Dr. Randy Dunn is one of two finalists in Missouri State University’s search for a new president.

The other finalist is former Missouri State general counsel and current interim president Clifton Smart III. Dunn has served as Murray State's President since 2006. Missouri State's website indicates campus interviews for the candidates are scheduled for the week of October 7th. 

Government
3:34 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Kentucky to launch tax amnesty program

Kentucky is launching its first tax amnesty program in a decade allowing both people and businesses the chance to pay back taxes with no fees or penalties.

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Government
4:55 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Princeton City Council Hears First Reading of the Alcohol Ordinance

The Princeton City Council has passed the first reading of an alcohol ordinance. City residents voted in August to go wet. The proposed measure allows businesses to sell alcohol from 7 a.m. to midnight, except on Sunday.

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Government
2:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

State-run Ky. Prisons Struggle to Fill Jobs

Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville
Wikimedia Commons

In rural counties, state-run prisons are often major employers. And, after state budget cuts and reforms in the penal code, they remain an important part of the local economy. Some 12 state operated prisons are situated in relatively small towns. There’s a maximum security prison in Eddyville and the others are either community or medium security complexes.

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