Government

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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The Bridge
11:16 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day Five

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River Pilot Michael Collins says he tried to steer the Delta Mariner through an alternate span of the Eggners Ferry Bridge with confidence he would clear the road deck prior to the accident.

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Government
8:19 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Local Reaction to Bridge Hearings

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Testimony provided during the Coast Guard hearings on the crash that collapsed a portion of the Eggners Ferry Bridge has provided some answers for those who's livelihood depend on the bridge traffic. Some information shocked Aurora restaurant owner Bertha Wilson who attended hearings earlier in the week:

 “I guess it’s just real disappointing to know there just wasn’t better facets in place to check these navigation lights and things like that, and I’m kind of focusing for that first day because that’s when I was there and hearing that. It’s hugely important like we know now.”

Government
8:07 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Kentucky Transportation Bill Amended in Senate

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The Kentucky Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved a $4.5 billion transportation budget but not before inserting language that would restore nearly $50 million for road construction projects previously vetoed by Governor Steve Beshear. The spending measure now advances to the Senate floor for a planned vote today. Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Bob Leeper cited a "fit of conscience" for his push to put the $50 million in road projects back into the transportation budget.

Government
8:03 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Federal Disaster Act

Illinois' U.S. Senators are backing federal legislation they say would bring consistency and fairness to how communities hit by natural disasters are chosen for federal relief. The Fairness Federal Disaster Declarations Act comes after Harrisburg and other southern Illinois communities were denied federal aid after being devastated by tornadoes on February 29th.

2012 General Assembly
3:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Pill Bill Could Be Delayed Again

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A bill aimed at cracking down on prescription pill abuse could be stalled once again in the Kentucky Senate.

Senate leaders say they are still reviewing the bill, which would enhance the KASPER tracking system and make it part of the Attorney General's office.

The chamber is taking an extra day to look over the bill and has scheduled a committee meeting for tomorrow, what was supposed to be the last day of the special session.

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The Bridge
1:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Bridge Collapse Hearings: Day Four

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The fourth day of the Eggners Ferry Bridge Hearings began with testimony from the former third mate on the Delta Mariner.

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Tennessee General Assembly
9:35 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Bill to reduce TN sales tax on food fails

A proposal to make lowering the Tennessee state sales tax on groceries contingent on whether there's a surplus in revenue has failed.  The measure failed to get a majority vote in the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday.

2012 General Assembly
9:19 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Williams Says Governor's Actions Will Not Extend Special Session

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says Governor Steve Beshear’s latest action on the state road plan will not lead to an extended special session.

Governor Steve Beshear has changed the two-year road plan to give projects in Williams’s district a lower priority. Those were the only modifications the governor made.

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Government
3:34 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Beshear Signs the Six Year Road Plan

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Governor Steve Beshear signed the six-year road plan on Wednesday, but line-item vetoed projects in a two-year plan only in Senate President David Williams' district.

According to the governor's office, the vetoes in the shorter plan were necessary because Williams moved his projects to the front of the line. The changes to the legislation cut $49.7 million worth of projects in Williams's district and restore the funding to its original levels.

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