A new analysis from the Chicago Tribune finds caseloads for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are too high. The Tribune reports the biggest trouble spots are in southern Illinois, Cook County, and the counties around Chicago.
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is the featured speaker at the Purchase Area Cattleman’s Assosciation dinner tonight at Graves County High School. Comer is the founder and owner of James Comer Jr. Farms,a 950-acre beef, timber and hay farm in his native Monroe County. Comer’s speech is scheduled for 7:15 pm at the Graves County High School Cafeteria.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's tax reform commission is scheduled to hold its first meeting public meeting next week. Beshear announced Friday members will meet at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet headquarters in Frankfort tomorrow. The commission was set up to review the Commonwealth's tax code and recommend changes to better enable the state to withstand economic downturns and to make taxes more equitable for taxpayers. The recommendations are expected by November 15th.
Tennessee election officials say the small number of residents who didn't have proper identification during early voting indicates people are adjusting to a new law requiring a photo ID to vote, but others say the real test will be November’s general election. Tennessee's 12-day early voting period ended last Tuesday. Election Coordinator Mark Goins says during that time, there were more than 200,000 voters, and only 46 showed up without a photo ID. However, Vanderbilt University political science professor Bruce Oppenheimer says early voters are a bad sample of the general electorate be
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.
Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.
The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.
Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren't yet known, he's confident the there's enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.
A group of six Afghan men dressed in traditional long flowing garments play cards and listen to music from a small boom-box while they await their orders for the planned Engagement Training or SLE. Role Player Qudus Khan who plays the village Elder lays out the basic reason for the training.
”When you know how to talk to an and elder, that’s where relationships start, said Qudus”
It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Lawmakers may have reached an agreement on regulating pseudoephedrine, Kentucky Amish might have a new option to a reflective triangle for their buggies and support is waning for University of Pikeville’s bid to become a public university. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett for some perspective on what’s happening in Frankfort.
A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug.
Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month- or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.