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KY Tax Reform Commission Meetings
8:10 am
Mon March 5, 2012

KentuckyY Tax Reform Commission to Hold Public Meetings

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's tax reform commission is scheduled to hold its first meeting public meeting next week. Beshear announced Friday members will meet at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet headquarters in Frankfort tomorrow. The commission was set up to review the Commonwealth's tax code and recommend changes to better enable the state to withstand economic downturns and to make taxes more equitable for taxpayers. The recommendations are expected by November 15th.

Voter ID Response Encouraging
8:09 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Election Officials Optimistic About Voter ID Law

Tennessee election officials say the small number of residents who didn't have proper identification during early voting indicates people are adjusting to a new law requiring a photo ID to vote, but others say the real test will be November’s general election.  Tennessee's 12-day early voting period ended last Tuesday.  Election Coordinator Mark Goins says during that time, there were more than 200,000 voters, and only 46 showed up without a photo ID.  However, Vanderbilt University political science professor Bruce Oppenheimer says early voters are a bad sample of the general electorate be

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Amish Tractor Bill Has Little Support
8:03 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Lawmakers Not Inclined to Restrict Amish Tractors

Steel-wheeled tractor.
Flickr

Rumble strips in the driving lanes of some rural Kentucky highways aren't intentional.  They've been etched into asphalt by old-fashioned metal wheels some Amish farmers have been putting on modern tractors.  State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville wants the damage stopped.

Beshear Requests Aid
6:19 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Beshear Asks for Federal Disaster Relief for Tornado-Affected Areas

Storm damage in West Liberty, Kentucky.
Courier-Journal

Governor Steve Beshear is requesting a federal disaster declaration for parts of eastern and northern Kentucky hit by tornadoes last week.

The declaration would allow federal money to help with clean up and rebuilding. It will also help provide funds to affected businesses.

Beshear announced the move at a news conference today, saying that while monetary estimates of damages aren't yet known, he's confident the there's enough damage to meet the $5.8 million federal threshold for assistance.

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Fort Campbell
5:57 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Fort Campbell Soldiers Learn Afghan Relationship Building

Captain Searles Engages with Elder Qudus Khan
U.S. Army

A group of six Afghan men dressed in traditional long flowing garments play cards and listen to music from a small boom-box while they await their orders for the planned Engagement Training or SLE.  Role Player Qudus Khan who plays the village Elder lays out the basic reason for the training.

”When you know how to talk to an and elder, that’s where relationships start, said Qudus”

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Government
5:09 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Frankfort Update

kids.britannica.com

It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. Lawmakers may have reached an agreement on regulating pseudoephedrine, Kentucky Amish might have a new option to a reflective triangle for their buggies and support is waning for University of Pikeville’s bid to become a public university. Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett for some perspective on what’s happening in Frankfort.

Government
3:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

PSE Bill Passes State Senate

A bill regulating the amount of certain cold medicines consumers can buy over the counter has passed the State Senate. The bill is intended to crack down on meth users, who use cold medicine to make the illegal drug.

Senate Bill 3 passed after an amendment raised the monthly pseudoephedrine allotment to seven point two grams per month- or the equivalent of two boxes of medicine. Previously the bill had been prescription only, then limited over-the-counter purchase to three point six grams a month.

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Government
8:28 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Quinn Asks for Federal Assistance

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has asked federal emergency officials for recovery help after Wednesday’s deadly tornado struck Harrisburg. Quinn says he asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with damage assessments. Those assessments begin Monday and will provide documentation needed to support requests for federal assistance.  The assessments are expected by the end of next week.  They will include Massac, Saline and Union counties. Quinn already has issued a state disaster proclamation for southern Illinois.

Government
8:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

State House Budget Vote

The Kentucky House is expected to vote on an austere state budget by the middle of next week.  Speaker Greg Stumbo says he doesn't expect a lot of changes to Governor Steve Beshear's original budget proposal. The governor's $19.5 billion, two-year budget proposal includes 8.4 percent cuts to most state agencies. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee vote is expected Tuesday.

Government
3:44 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

PSE compromise passes committee

A supposed compromise on a bill aimed at cracking down on meth production in Kentucky is once again making its way through the state Senate.

The bill passed committee quickly this morning. The bill's sponsor, Senator Robert Stivers, says the bill could be voted on the Senate floor as soon as this afternoon.

The compromise will allow pseudoephedrine (a key ingredient in meth) to continue to be bought over the counter, but will limit consumers to only three point six grams, which is equivalent to one box of cold medicine, a month.

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