Government

Military
10:34 am
Wed February 22, 2012

The 101st Airborne Division is Home

AP Report...

For the first time in two years, the entirety of the 101st Airborne Division is on post at Fort Campbell. The return of the last 186 troops of a combat aviation brigade from deployment in Afghanistan marks the first time that all units were on base together since 2010. The news comes as President Obama's plan to withdrawal some 33,000 troops from Afghanistan continues.

Government
10:29 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Paul Says Re-enrichment Fight is Not Over

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he's still optimistic US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will authorize spent uranium re-enrichment at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. Paul tells The Paducah Sun preservation of the plant's nearly 1200 jobs will be a factor.

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Government
10:18 am
Wed February 22, 2012

GOP Puts off 'Don't Say Gay' Measure in House

Supporters of a Tennessee measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put off consideration of the bill after being told Governor Bill Haslam is concerned about the bill. The start of yesterday's House Education Committee meeting was delayed 15 minutes while Republicans huddled in Speaker Beth Harwell's office with an unidentified member of the Haslam administration. Republican Representative Joey Hensley later announced he was putting off the bill for a week.

Government
10:09 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Paul Keeps Surgery Skills Sharp with Pro Bono Work

AP Report

An eye surgeon turned U.S. senator is keeping his medical skills sharp by doing pro bono eye surgeries for the uninsured in Kentucky. Republican Rand Paul removed cataracts from four patients in Paducah Tuesday. Paul was a longtime Bowling Green ophthalmologist before he was elected to the Senate in 2010. Paul says he has found his pro bono work during Senate recesses to be especially rewarding. Many of his patients have had extremely poor vision because they've put off treatment due to a lack of insurance.

Safety
10:06 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Earthquake Resolution Passed

The Paducah City Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday supporting the reevaluation of western Kentucky's status on the National Seismic Hazard Map. The map currently rates the area's propensity for earthquakes as high as Los Angeles or San Francisco. However, Zhenming Wang and James Cobb of the University of Kentucky have been reviewing the methodology used to create the map. Their new methods could lower western Kentucky's seismic risk.

Expanded Gambling Debate
10:28 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Catholic Bishops in Kentucky Come Out Against Gambling Bill

CCKY.ORG

Catholic bishops have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if Kentucky lawmakers
approve a proposal to legalize casinos.   Catholic Conference of Kentucky executive director Patrick

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2012 General Assembly
6:58 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House Speaker Pushes UPIKE Legislation

aikcu.org

 

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan to make the University of Pikeville the ninth state university will not be derailed by the hectic session.

Stumbo is the main legislative supporter of the measure. And he says despite redistricting, expanded gambling legislation and other barriers or distractions, his bill will continue moving forward.

The latest step is a hearing today in the House Education Committee.

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2012 General Assembly
6:51 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Amish Buggy Bill Could Soon Be Law

amishamerica.com

A bill allowing Amish buggy drivers in Kentucky to use reflective tape instead of a state-mandated orange triangle is only a few steps away from becoming law.

The state Senate passed a bill addressing the issue weeks ago. And a House committee passed its own version last week.

There are a few differences in each chamber’s bill. The House wants 200 inches of white, two-inch-wide tape on the back of each buggy. The Senate version mandates 100 inches of red or white one-inch-wide tape.

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2012 General Assembly
3:15 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

House Speaker Pushes Fraud Bill

wikipedia.com

A bill that would allow Kentucky to collect money from Medicaid fraud busts has again been introduced in Frankfort.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed the bill, which would also protect and possibly reward whistle blowers who report fraud in Medicaid or any other areas of state government.

Stumbo says the bill is needed to help Kentucky get money that usually ends up in federal coffers.

It s a choice of revenues, state or federal, the states that don t have a state law don t have the option to get any of that forfeiture money or penalty money, Stumbo says.

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2012 General Assembly
3:12 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Lawmaker Pushes for Term Limits

wikipedia.com

A first term lawmaker from Louisville would like to see term limits set for each house of the legislature. The measure, offered by Representative Mike Nemes, calls for a constitutional amendment. If approved, it would require lawmakers to leave their chamber after 12 years.

"It will somewhat rotate leadership so you won't have leaders that possibly could be in charge for 20- 30 years and kind of run everything and the rank and file is kind of non-existent if that happens," said Nemes.

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