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Clinton water customers paid for corporate salaries, Vegas meetings and holiday parties
Hickman County Judge Greg Pruitt attended the PSC hearing in Frankfort yesterday.  Read this report written by Gaye Bencini on what the Judge heard and saw -
“....ever
y corporate salary at Utilities Inc. is charged partially to the Clinton system, and that their board has held three-hour board meetings in destinations like Las Vegas, as well as company holiday gatherings and parties.”  Pruitt noted that the Clinton system has paid its prorated share of that as well....
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Governor's Office responds to inquiries on Kelley and Brockenborough appointments
Jill Midkiff, Deputy Communications Director in Governor Beshear's Office sent me the following statement.

"Ms. Potter—In response to your inquiry about the recent appointment of Mr. Larry Kelley and the reappointment of Mr. Bruce Brockenborough to the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Board of Directors, please see the following. You may attribute both statements to me as a spokesperson for Gov. Beshear.
 
Mr. Kelley fully disclosed the issues in question. They occurred nearly 20 years ago. He has paid his debt to society and has demonstrated a commitment to public service. If we are serious about allowing people to rejoin society, then these issues, which were fully disclosed, should not preclude Mr. Kelley’s public service now and in the future.
 
With regard to Mr. Brockenborough, the issues surrounding his bachelor’s degree were, as we understand it, the result of some administrative issues, not anything intentional on the part of Mr. Brockenborough. Furthermore, Mr. Brockenborough has reported to us that those issues have since been resolved."
  
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Kentucky’s jobless rate rises to 11 percent in July
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2009) — Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for July 2009 hit the 11 percent mark, the highest since August 1983 when the rate was 11.1 percent, from a revised 10.9 percent in June 2009, according to the Office of Employment and Training (OET), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. July 2009’s jobless rate is 4.5 percentage points higher than the 6.5 percent rate recorded in July 2008.
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MSU ranks in top 20 for 5th year in a row in US News & World Report
MURRAY, Ky. – Once again Murray State University (MSU) finds itself ranked among the top public universities in the nation. U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges, considered by many to be the top college guide in the country, has recognized MSU for the 19th consecutive year in the Best Universities-Master’s South, which includes both private and public schools. This is the fifth consecutive year Murray State has ranked in the top 20.
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IS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THE MOST POWERFUL POLTICO HAS AT THIS TIME,
JAS is the first to take advantage of our "post your own story" feature.  The story goes into a pending file for editorial approval.  As long as the story isn't libelous, scandalous or completely at odds with my conception of common decency, I'll run it. This is JAS' take on the modern history of economic development.- Editor
Spencer, Since the success of Governor Martha Layne Collins, during the Asian Industrial revolution in Kentucky, the Economic Development Cabinet has become the "favored patronage source" for doing favors for "associates". I would say in many instances is now larger than the famous politically correct TRANSPORTATION CABINET.
Honestly, Governor Collins did not play that game and it annoyed many of the members of the General Assembly. This new patronage tool started with Wallace Wilkerson.
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