You hear Kenny’s reports daily on WKMS Newscasts. This week, Kentucky’s Senate passed their budget proposals for state government, approved a measure supporting Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant, and decisively put an end to pensions for Confederate veterans.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett about what else happened this past week in Frankfort.




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From NPR: Big grocers ban pink slime.

From the Commonwealth:

Kentucky’s jobless rate has fallen to 8.7 percent.

The McCracken County Fiscal Court continued discussions last night about a resolution supporting nuclear power plant workers uncompensated for work-related health problems.  Commonwealth Environmental Services Vice President Gary Vander Boegh presented commissioners with a draft resolution on the workers’ behalf a month ago.  The commissioners had several questions about the wording and content, and Judge-Executive Van Newberry says the resolution would need revision before sending it to the U.S.

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.

Nuclear Plant Workers Unite

Feb 14, 2012

A small band of nuclear power plant workers want the McCracken County Fiscal Court's support of a resolution for workers to receive federal compensation for occupation-related illnesses. Gary Vander Boegh, vice president of a company lobbying for the just treatment of power plant claimants, spoke on their behalf. He said those claimants, including some once employed by the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, have not received compensation from the Department of Labor for work-related health problems. He also said they have filed legitimate claims.

Department of Energy

Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield says a bill to allow re-enrichment of uranium at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has reached a stalemate in Washington.