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3:57 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

State Bill Seeks To End Constable Position

Kentucky lawmakers are backing away from a measure that would eliminate the office of constable in every county.

Every county has an elected constable. But in the last year, many constables have been accused of being either unnecessary or corrupt.  Originally, Senate Bill 30 was a constitutional amendment to eliminate constables. But the bill was unlikely to pass due to a gentlemen’s agreement in the legislature that each chamber would only push one amendment each session.

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The Bridge
1:21 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Governor Says Restoring Traffic Accross Kentucky Lake a Priority

From the office of the Governor:

Gov. Steve Beshear today took a firsthand look at the damaged Eggners Ferry Bridge and said getting traffic restored across Kentucky Lake is among his highest priorities.

“We are keenly aware of the inconvenience for travelers and the economic hardship that has been created for many business owners because of the sudden loss of this route across Kentucky Lake,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our engineers are working non-stop on plans to get traffic safely restored.”

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The Bridge
1:17 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Delta Mariner Owners File Federal Lawsuit

The owners of a cargo ship that struck and collapsed part of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge say they were not responsible because some of the bridge's lights were not working. Delta Mariner owner Foss Maritime made the claim in a federal lawsuit seeking to remove any liability from the late January collision on Kentucky Lake. The Miller Law Firm in Paducah is representing Foss in the suit. U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Jennifer Jessee says all aspects of the wreck are being reviewed and no cause has been determined.

Government
8:42 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Kentucky Senate Approves Abortion Bill

The Kentucky Senate approved a bill requiring patients to undergo an ultrasound before performing an abortion. The bill establishes a criminal penalty for violation of the law. A similar proposal has been introduced in the Senate before, only to lose in the House. The bill passed 32-4. 

Government
8:40 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Marshall Police and CFSB Host Training Exercise

The Marshall County Sheriff's Department and the CFSB Bank will hold a training exercise at the bank's Benton headquarters Thursday afternoon. Several area law enforcement agencies, including McCracken and Calloway counties, are expected to participate. The exercise will simulate a hostage situation and bomb threat with the goal of training responders and bank staff to deal with emergencies. The Marshall County Sheriff's Department says the exercise could cause traffic delays. Signs will be posted to indicate the training is in progress.

Government
7:11 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Beshear intercedes on behalf of Paducah plant

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has joined with members of the Commonwealth's congressional delegation to press the US Department of Energy to offer a plan for the future of Paducah's government-owned nuclear enrichment plant.  The plant could cease operations later this year, eliminating about 1,200 jobs.  Beshear sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Monday, saying lack of action by the DOE is putting a major economic engine in western Kentucky at risk.  Beshear's letter came days after Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul and Representative Ed Whitfield call

Government
7:07 am
Wed February 15, 2012

KY House Committee Approves Amish Buggy Bill

The House Transportation Committee has approved legislation that would allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies rather than bright orange triangular signs that some object to on religious grounds.  The measure was passed on Tuesday and now goes to the full House for consideration.  The Senate approved similar legislation last week.  Both the House and Senate versions would allow the drab Amish buggies to be outlined with gray or silver reflective tape that makes them shine brilliantly in the dark when they reflect car lights.  The Amish avoid displaying bright col

Government
7:04 am
Wed February 15, 2012

False Claims Act Would Target Fraud in Kentucky

Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo says he is filing legislation to give whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused.  Stumbo, a Democrat, said Tuesday the False Claims Act would root out fraud and potentially reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of dollars.  He said it would "extend far beyond Medicaid" to be used "anywhere fraud with state tax dollars is taking place."  The federal government created a false claims act in 1986, and several other states now have similar laws.  Those found guilty would be liable for up to

Government
6:55 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Home Grant Application

Paducah’s City Commissioners took another step toward revitalizing Fountain Avenue during their meeting Tuesday night. They approved a municipal order to apply for a Kentucky Housing Corporation HOME Grant of $308,000. The money will help fund the construction of seven new homes in the Fountain Avenue neighborhood. Mayor Bill Paxton said the neighborhood developed in the 1950’s and has since deteriorated.

Government
4:12 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Stumbo says House Likely to Change Gambling Amendment

Changes could already be coming to Governor Steve Beshear's proposed gambling amendment.

The amendment would allow up to seven casinos in Kentucky, with five of them based at horse racing tracks. House Speaker Greg Stumbo supports expanded gaming in Kentucky, but he still has major questions about the amendment. And Stumbo says those questions will likely lead to changes to the measure if it can pass the state Senate.

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