Government

Government
9:12 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Kentucky Courthouses Closed Today

wikipedia.com

Kentucky courthouses are closed with their staffs are on furlough today. Today is the first of three state-wide courthouse closures this year as the state’s justice system struggles to balance its books. The General Assembly cut the judicial branch’s funding in the last budget by just over $25 million dollars. The next closure will be Sept. 4. The third court staff furlough day will be Mon., Oct. 15

Government
10:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Drilling Work Finished at New Bridge Site

Geotechnical drilling gets soil and rock samples at planned pier locations for the new Kentucky Lake bridge.
KYTC / Keith Todd

A drilling crew has finished geotechnical work at the site of the new Kentucky Lake bridge. KYTC spokesman Keith Todd says the drilling rig finished collecting soil and rock samples from planned pier locations yesterday.

Read more
Government
10:17 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Tamms Prisoners Relocated

www.wikipedia.com

Illinois officials have moved eight of the state's more volatile criminals from the supermax Tamms penitentiary. The move occurred yesterday, part of Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close Tamms and one other major prison.  The same day, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed a lawsuit to stop the transfers.  The union for Illinois’ corrections workers wants the state to negotiate how moving dangerous criminals will affect them.

Government
10:10 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Governor’s Ambassador Awards

www.wikipedia.com

Nominations are open for Kentucky’s Governor’s Ambassador Awards.  The awards honor government employees who’ve made differences in the lives of others.  Private citizens and government employees can nominate co-workers based on customer service, courage, leadership, community service or volunteerism. A selection committee

Co-chaired by First Lady Jane Beshear and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Tim Longmeyer the committee will choose finalists for the awards. The governor will then select winners.

Government
10:01 am
Fri August 3, 2012

TVA Quarterly Financial Statement Released

www.wikipedia.com

The Tennessee Valley Authority reported third quarter financial results Friday. In May, the federal utility, which serves eight southeastern states, said electricity sales declined 5.9 percent for the first half of fiscal year 2012. The drop was due to unseasonably warm winter weather. Total revenues declined 10.8 percent to 5.2 billion dollars.

Government
12:34 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Merger Proponents Launch Website

Paducah, Ky.
www.wikipedia.com

Paducah and McCracken County merger proponents hope a new pro-merger website will boost support for the issue. The long discussed issue is on the November ballot. Paducah McCracken United members say the site  allows citizens to access fiscal information regarding the proposed merger.

Read more
Government
9:12 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Illinois Social Networking Login Ban

wikipedia

It’s now illegal for Illinois employers to ask job-seekers to hand over passwords to their social networking accounts. Governor Pat Quinn signed the measure into law Wednesday during an event at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In their efforts to vet job applicants, some companies and government agencies ask to log in to a prospective employee's accounts on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The Illinois law does allow bosses to view public information not restricted by privacy settings on a site. Several other states are considering similar bans. Two U.S. senators have asked the U.S.

Government
8:34 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Paris Commission Meeting Tonight

www.wikipedia.com

Paris, Tennessee Commissioners will discuss several financial issues at their meeting tonight. The Paris Post Intelligencer said commissioners will consider amending the 2012 fiscal year budget to allow the city to issue notes for sewer line expansion and to purchase a new fire truck. They’ll look at a rate increase for tire disposal at the Paris-Henry County Landfill. The rise would offset the costs private contractors charge to pick up used tires.  And commissioners will consider adoption of one of the options listed by the state to reduce the city’s future payout for employee pensions.

Government
8:29 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Security Upgrades Coming for Kentucky Drivers' Licenses

www.wikipedia.com

Kentucky drivers' licenses are getting some security upgrades, and circuit court clerks' offices will be installing new equipment to implement the improvements. The Transportation Cabinet said the new license has multiple layers of security features to make it harder for counterfeiters to produce fake IDs. Among the new features are a digital watermark that can't be seen by the human eye, improved lamination, a hologram with an ultraviolet "ghost" image and bank note-quality printing.  Drivers aren't required to obtain the new license until their current one expires.

Read more
Government
1:18 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Attorney: 2008 Roaring Springs Murderer Unfit For Death Sentence

Kevin Wayne Dunlap
kcadp.org

The attorney for Kevin Wayne Dunlap says her client was incompetent to plead guilty in the slayings of three children because part of his brain is missing.

Dunlap's lawyer, Kathleen Schmidt, told the Kentucky Supreme Court in a brief that Dunlap does not have a right frontal lobe,

Read more

Pages