Government

Hester Hall Fire
11:04 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Dorm Fire Trial Moves to Marshall County

The case against a man charged with the fatal 1998 Murray State University dormitory fire, will move from Calloway to Marshall County.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:00 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Haslam's Second Legislative Session No Slam Dunk

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In the months following his first legislative session, freshman Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was able to boast in speeches about unanimous approval of his budget plan and a near perfect record with his legislative agenda.  The Republican's sophomore effort wasn't quite as much of a slam dunk.

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Election 2012
6:43 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Moore Picks Up Pro-Life Support

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Republican congressional candidate Gary Moore now has endorsements from two major pro-life groups.

Moore received the endorsement of Kentucky Right to Life today. Moore is also the Boone County Judge-Executive, and he previously received the Northern Kentucky Right to Life endorsement.

“Now having sole endorsements from Kentucky Right to Life, along with the sole endorsement from Northern Kentucky Right to Life, Gary Moore has the exacta on pro-life issues and is the only proven social conservative in this race," says Moore's campaign manager Jonathan Duke.

Murray City Council
6:35 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Murray Special Appropriations Budget Could See Big Cuts for 2012-2013

The shaky economy has led to cutbacks in government at all levels, from the federal budget all the way down to the city of Murray. In a meeting this week, Murray Mayor Bill Wells proposed completely gutting various special appropriations from the city’s 2012/13 budget. The drastic step would help fill a half-million dollar gap for next year, caused by increased expenses and declining revenues.  Half a dozen projects receive special appropriation funding, including Murray Main Street. MMS Director Deana Wright says city funding is an important part of their budget.

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Retiring Lawmaker Series
3:09 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Winters to Retire from Kentucky Senate

1st District State Senator Ken Winters finished his last regular session of his legislative career last month. Winters is a lifelong educator and has served as a Dean of the College of Industry and Technology  at Murray State and President of Campbellsville University.   He’s spent 8 years in the Kentucky Senate making significant headway in the commonwealth’s education policy.  He joins Chad Lampe to talk this past session and his legacy in the Kentucky Legislature.

Economics
11:56 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Tax Consultants Plan to Consider Different Approaches as They Advise Commission

A group of three economists hopes to provide key input to Kentucky's tax commission this summer.

The Blue Ribbon Tax Commission picked three professors to act as consultants as the group considers changes to the state's tax code. Two are from the University of Kentucky and one is from the University of Tennessee.

UK professor William Hoyt will serve as the principal investigator. He says the selection was an honor, and his goal for the group is to produce a slew of options to the commission.

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Fiscal Court
9:46 am
Fri May 4, 2012

McCracken County Fiscal Court Balances Budget, Deputies Get a Raise

In just over an hour last night, the McCracken County Fiscal Court produced a tentative balanced budget for the next fiscal year. Commissioners met to close an over $170,000 dollar shortfall. They overcame the gap by eliminating the county’s annual financial contribution to EntrePaducah and reducing funds for the county’s new animal shelter.  EntrePaducah is running a $350,000 dollar surplus, and Commissioner Ronnie Freeman says that means the county can cut their $300,000 dollar contribution to zero.

Sports
8:59 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Beshear Appoints New Member to Horse Racing Panel

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Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Lexington horseman and attorney John Phillips to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Phillips replaces John Ward, who was appointed in February as executive director of the panel. The commission is responsible for regulating horse races and pari-mutuel betting on those races. Phillips says he's pleased to accept the appointment to a racing commission that has made "great strides" to improve the sport.

 

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
3:28 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Lobbying Group Sets Spending Records for 2012 Session

A lobbying group for various drug manufacturers has set a record for money spent during a Kentucky legislative session.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association spent nearly half a million dollars between January and March lobbying against a bill aimed at curbing meth production by limiting pseudoephedrine purchases.

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Judiciary
9:53 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Kentucky Judicial System to Have Furlough Days

Judicial employees across Kentucky will have to take unpaid furloughs for three days this year to deal with cuts to the court system's budget. That means courthouses will close statewide on August 6th, September 4th and October 15th. Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. says the judicial system's overall funding appropriation "is far short" of what's necessary to operate the state's courts over the next two years. The court system has reduced employment by 282 people since 2008 because of a shrinking budget.

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