Government

Tennessee Senate
1:06 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Tennessee GOP Reconsidering Lottery Scholarship Bill

Republican leaders are proposing legislation that would tie changes to lottery scholarship requirements to lottery revenue growth.  A GOP-backed measure that would cut some students' scholarships in half has drawn heavy criticism from Democrats who say it's unnecessary because the lottery's education proceeds have increased 4 percent since 2005, with about $10 million more coming in a year.  Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Dolores Gresham announced Tuesday in a statement that if the $10 million is sustained through 2015, then the provisions in the proposa

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2012 General Assembly
1:04 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Passes Nursing Home Background Checks Bill

The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.  The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.  The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant and a $1 million state grant.

Paducah Convention Center
12:36 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Paducah-McCracken County Covention Center Corp Discusses Budget

The Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Corporation discussed a healthy budget during the Executive Committee meeting Tuesday. The committee mulled over the center’s current cash flow and expenses in preparation for future budget workshops with city and county representatives. The corporation will submit budget requests to both governments for funds to help cover upcoming costs.

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Government
12:30 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

KY House Lawmakers Contribute $5,500 for Recovery Efforts

Kentucky House lawmakers have donated $5,500 from their own wallets to help communities in the eastern part of the Commonwealth recover from tornado damage.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo says that total still is growing as legislators continue to give.  Both the House and Senate have observed moments of silence in honor of storm victims.  Democratic state Representative John Will Stacy of West Liberty thanked rescue teams and other first responders from across the state who reported for duty in his hard-hit district.

Kentucky Tornadoes
12:28 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

President Declares Kentucky a Disaster Area

President Barack Obama has declared a disaster area seven counties in eastern Kentucky, releasing federal funding for people affected by last week's tornadoes and severe storms.  The White House and Governor Steve Beshear says damage surveys are continuing, and more counties may be designated.  Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other forms of recovery assistance.  Governor Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Jerry Abramson will be traveling again today to visit the stricken locations.  Tornadoes last Friday k

I-69 Upgrades
3:12 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

I-69 Corridor Upgrade Project Starting

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Work has begun on signage for the new Interstate 69 corridor between Eddyville and the Pennyrile Parkway interchange in Madisonville. The new signs are part of a $9.9 million project to bring the section of the former Western Kentucky Parkway up to federal highway standards. Department of Highways District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McClearn says traffic interruptions should be minimal during most of the work. He says some of the more significant upgrades to the road will be announced during the summer.

2012 General Assembly
11:54 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Budget Bills Pass House Committee

Budget plans for all three branches of Kentucky’s government are on their way to the House floor after easily passing out of the House budget committee today.

The committee passed bills that would cut the judicial and legislative budgets by eight point four percent, to match the cuts already made to the executive budget.  It also adopted the changes to Governor Steve Beshear’s budget proposed yesterday.

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2012 General Assembly
11:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Pseudoephedrine Bill Could Make it Out of House Intact

A proposal that limits the amount of pseudoephedrine consumers can buy in a month could make it out the state House of Representatives intact.

The Senate passed a bill last week that would limit consumers to seven point two grams of pseudoephedrine every month, or roughly two boxes of cold medicine.

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2012 Republican Primary
7:37 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Tennessee Primary Voters Head to the Polls

Tennesseans head to the polls today to vote for their choice in the Republican presidential primary.   While early voting numbers were sharply down from the last presidential primary in 2008, the major GOP candidates  ramped up their attention to Tennessee in the last week with campaign stops and a barrage of television ads.   Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has drawn the endorsement of several top Republicans in the state, including Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen.

2012 General Assembly
7:31 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Lawmakers Reach Education Compromise

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a proposal to create more educational opportunities in eastern Kentucky.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo has been advocating to move the University of Pikeville into the state university system. But that proposal doesn’'t currently have the support to become reality, which forces supporters to adopt a compromise.

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