Government

Government
4:26 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Next Phase of Greenway Trail Ready to Bid

The City of Paducah has received the green light from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to take bids for the next phase of the Greenway Trail project. This phase will complete a new stretch of trail that follows the floodwall earthen levee from the Expo Center in downtown Paducah to North 8th Street near the Brookport Bridge. Bids will be advertised this weekend with a bid opening scheduled in May. Construction will begin this summer with an official groundbreaking ceremony. The project is expected to take 120 days to complete.

Beshear Makes Appearance at CCMS
4:13 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Celebrates Completion of Murray Sidewalks

Gov. Steve Beshear meets with students at Calloway County Middle School.
Shelley Baskin WKMS

Gov. Steve Beshear met with community leaders and students at Calloway County Middle School to celebrate the completion of two sidewalk projects meant to improve pedestrian and bicycle access for local students.

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2012 General Assembly
3:34 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Signs Pill Mill Bill

Kentucky lawmakers and Governor Steve Beshear are applauding the passage of a bill aimed at reducing prescription pill abuse.

Beshear signed the Pill Mill Bill today, inviting key legislators and law enforcement officers to take part in the ceremony.

The new law isn’t as tough as some had hoped. But House Speaker Greg Stumbo says changes can always be made later.

“And I would have obviously preferred something stronger, but it is a step in the right direction and if it doesn’t work we can always come back and do something to amend it later,” Stumbo says.

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The Bridge
3:10 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Beshear Explains Staging for Bridge Repair

The next step in the repair project for the Eggners Ferry Bridge over Kentucky Lake is underway.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:06 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tennessee Welfare Recipient Drug Test Bill Advances

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A proposal to drug test people as a condition for receiving welfare is advancing in the Tennessee House.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Julia Hurley was approved on a voice vote in the House Finance Subcommittee Monday. The companion bill is awaiting a Senate floor vote.  The proposal differs from original legislation the state attorney general said was constitutionally suspect.

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2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:03 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Tennessee House GOP Rejects Gun Proposal

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A member of the Tennessee House Republican caucus says his colleagues have rejected a floor vote on a contentious proposal to guarantee workers the right to store firearms in vehicles parked on company lots regardless of employers' wishes.  The lawmaker spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because members agreed to keep the caucus’ internal deliberations secret.  According to the legislator, the secret ballot was overwhelmingly against a vote on the gun bill.  The bill is backed by the National Rifle Association but opposed by business groups on property rights

Nuclear Power
6:50 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Loophole Opens Nuclear Window for Kentucky

Department of Energy

A new state law will make it legal to re-enrich depleted uranium tails in Kentucky. But the legislation doesn’t go very far to help the facility that’s been waiting for federal approval to do just that. Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant spokesperson Georgann Lookofsky says without federal permission to re-enrich the spent tails, as well as a better utility contract, the plant could shut down by the end of next month. But Lookofsky says the legislation wasn’t passed with the current incarnation of the Paducah plant in mind.

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The Bridge
4:39 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Beshear to Visit West KY For Update on Eggners Ferry

Governor Steve Beshear will be in Eddyville Tuesday with an update on repair work to the Eggners Ferry Bridge. Beshear along with Chief District Engineer Jim Lefevre and Tom Roberts of Hall Contracting will be at the Lyon County Riverport Authority at 1:30.

It’s likely they’ll discuss staging for repair work on the bridge that lost a 300 foot span after a cargo ship crashed into the road deck in January.

2012 Tennessee General Assembly
9:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Tennessee Lawmakers Hope to Adjourn Session This Week

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Tennessee lawmakers are preparing for what they hope is the last week of the 107th General Assembly, but they still need to work on a range of issues including the state's annual spending plan and guidelines for teaching about gay issues in schools.  Also pending is a dispute between business groups and gun advocates over a bill seeking guarantee employees' right to store firearms their cars while at work.  House Democrats have proposed an alternate budget plan that would recognize a larger influx of revenues and make a deeper cut in the state's sales tax on groceries.  Republican House Maj

2012 General Assembly
8:03 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Lawmakers Wrap Up in Frankfort

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After spending 65 days in Frankfort, Kentucky lawmakers can once again point to strong new drug laws as their signature achievements.

The General Assembly passed bills cracking down on synthetic drugs, prescription abuse and meth production.

But many other areas, including education, are more of a mixed bag. Lawmakers didn't approve charter school legislation, but they did pass an alternative bill that creates charter-like districts of innovation. And while separate bills raising the dropout age to 18 failed, legislation on career and technical education curriculum passed.

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