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FRANKFORT--A proposal to raise the state minimum wage to $8.10 an hour this August has cleared the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.
The version of House Bill 278 approved by the committee today eliminated some provisions in the bill approved by another committee earlier this session that would have incrementally raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour between 2016 and 2018. Today's change addresses confusion about the three-year incremental increase by raising the minimum wage one time only, said the bill sponsor, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
On March 5, 2016 Kentucky held its first Republican political caucus in modern times.
Donald Trump won the state. Ted Cruz made a strong penetration into the state. Governor Bevin lost power in this race as did Senator Mitch McConnell. In a strange way, Senator Rand Paul gained more national power base.
Trump won 80 counties in Eastern Kentucky and Central Kentucky. Cruz took 40 counties primarily in Northern Kentucky and Western Kentucky.
Seven of the eight counties of the Jackson Purchase went for Cruz. Only Fulton County went for Trump. Cruz won 19 counties west of I-65 or some 48 % of his total in Kentucky
FRANKFORT-- The marketing, selling or sharing of a subscriber's cell phone number for commercial reasons without the person's written consent would be illegal under a bill that has passed the Kentucky House.
Penalties would be stiff for wireless service providers, directory providers or others who violate the prohibitions in House Bill 413, sponsored by Rep. Gerald Watkins, D-Paducah,
New speculation is running through the halls of Frankfort about the increase in Governor Bevin's security. State workers, lobbyists, media, and state policy makers have noticed that a new protective circle now exists around the Governor that wasn't there when he was elected...
Getting facts and data out of the Governor's Office is becoming more and more a problem for reporters. Bevin does not like the media... This he shares with presidential candidate Donald Trump and with three earlier Kentucky governors.
FRANKFORT - The state Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment today that would bring the most significant change to the state judiciary since 1976 reforms created a unified state court system that was a model for the nation.
Known as Senate Bill 8, the constitutional amendment passed by a 26-12 vote. It would ensure judges are assigned to courthouses with the highest volume of cases in the most populous area.
Passing a constitutional amendment won't address the issues that rural circuits face and how to pay for significant restructuring.
Senate Bill 37 would address people under the age of 18 who violate the state law by sending sexually explicit images - both photos and videos - of themselves or other minors via mobile phones.
FRANKFORT (March 11, 2016) -- Most Kentuckians know about Kentucky Proud, and you may be aware of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's duties and services for the state's agriculture industry. But most of the department's responsibilities are to protect consumers and regulate industries. To commemorate National Agriculture Day, I'd like to tell you about all the things the Kentucky Department of Agriculture does for you...
Graves County High School's art department has had the work of five students accepted into the Kentucky Art Education Association's Regional Art Exhibit hosted at Murray State University. Two of the students' work also received awards.
...One race in the Pennyrile Region of Western Kentucky illustrated how a campaign that blends volunteers, fundraising with state and federal support can be successful.
The race for 8th District House Seat with precincts in Trigg County and Christian County resulted in 59% healthy margin of victory for the Democratic candidate. The win, according to several activists was the result of hard work on the part of the candidate, his team, state legislators and youth, education and labor volunteers...
Almost a year after the president of Northern Kentucky's state community college retired amid running tensions with its board of directors, the college's foundation will begin paying him a $348,000 incentive in July.
The 2014 "incentive plan," obtained through a public records request to the Kentucky Community & Technical College System, was intended to reward G. Edward Hughes for his "efforts, abilities and accomplishments" during 14 years as president of Gateway Community & Technical College. His regular base salary was $177,463 a year, with an "allowance" of up to $22,000 more.
Hughes' supplemental pay from the nonprofit Gateway Foundation was never made public until now, and it is drawing criticism amid community college budget cuts, belt-tightening and declining enrollment...
FRANKFORT--A resolution that could pave the way to college for more Kentuckians who are orphaned or taken away from their parents as children has passed the Kentucky House.
House Concurrent Resolution 133, sponsored by Rep. Wilson Stone, D-Scottsville, and Rep. James Tipton, R-Taylorsville, would ask the state's public colleges and universities to identify and give special admissions and tuition aid consideration to prospective students who lost their parents or were taken away from their parents due to abuse or neglect and then adopted by a blood relative or raised by a permanent legal guardian.
Stone said Kentucky law provides public postsecondary tuition assistance for foster children but not children being raised by grandparents, other blood relatives or permanent guardians. Approximately 49,000 Kentucky children are being raised by their grandparents today, according to the resolution.
Editor's Note - No money allocated to this - so...?
Watching the Kentucky General Assembly in any budget session is a nail biting activity. No matter what party the participants belong to, crafting a budget is, even in best of times, a study in brinkmanship.
As April 12th, the final day of the 2016 regular session, approaches and the session winds down, passage of a budget looks impossible..
If the Republicans get their fondest wish and flip the House in March or May or in November, will GOP leaders be willing to tell constituents that school and higher education funding is cut to satisfy grandma's teacher retirement..
Representatives of National Geographic, the most recognized brand in the world, came to Columbus Belmont Park on Thursday February 25th to pitch a new program aimed at increasing interest in the Mississippi River. Ten states border the Mississippi River and the team is working its way south through the river counties.
The team came to recruit local officials, tourism spots, business and nonprofits to promote spots along the River. Tourists will be able to find festivals, food, lodging and local color through NatGeo's Mississippi River online site.
Graves County High student actors bring the classic story to life, in dialog and in song - with the accompaniment of a full orchestra performing live!
Earlier inclement weather has caused the production to be rescheduled to Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The Graves County Schools' Family Resource and Youth Services Centers have received a $2,500 donation form America's Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Ricky Wilson of Graves County. The donation will help the FRYSC coordinators in removing barriers to learning for students in need in the Graves County Schools and their families.
The historic Clinton First Christian Church was named to the National Register of Historic Places last week.
FRANKFORT--A bill that would lift a long-standing moratorium on nuclear power plants in the state, was approved today by the Kentucky Senate.
Senate Bill 89 would amend Kentucky Revised Statutes to change the requirement that facilities have means of permanent disposal of nuclear waste. Instead they would only be required to have a plan for its safe storage, and that the plans be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Editor's Note: Mr. Potter reads a lot of articles and magazines that we think our readers may enjoy hearing about. I hope this becomes a continuing column.
The Atlantic Monthly is, in my mind, required reading for any person interested in the future. With me, the future is nothing more then studying how current events mash into past events. What is left is the future...
One of the more amazing aspects of American politics for 2016 is the intense interest that foreigners have for the outcome of our Presidential race. A good example of this is the story of how a small Island in Canada is making plans for a major increase in tourism from America.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, some 450 miles from Maine has created a new tourism campaign built around the assumption that Donald Trump will be elected as the next American President. A new local website has been created on the island to encourage those in America who may want to leave the country if Donald Trump, does in fact, become the next U.S. President...
It is time to begin opening child abuse and neglect proceedings within the Commonwealth's juvenile and family courts to public view..
The Panel made the recommendation to allow greater openness of child abuse and neglect court cases only after much study, discussion and review of best practice recommendations. The primary reason for the Panel's recommendation was findings from actual case reviews. The Panel has identified missed opportunities for prevention among nearly all agencies -- the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, medical and mental health providers, law enforcement and the court system..
...On March 5, 2016, Kentucky will have its first Republican statewide caucus in modern history.
A real down to earth political caucus is filled with massive opportunities for upheavals, bitter party infighting, deep scars, and misuse of raw political muscle.
That's just for ordering lunch. From there it gets mean...
Hickman County High School recently observed "I Love to Read" week with several fun activities designed to celebrate and promote reading.
I went to the Kentucky secretary of state's webpage and clicked on "March 8, 2016 Special Election."
I found the names of eight candidates, Barack Obama not among them. But you wouldn't know that from ads Republicans are running against the four Democrats....
NPR's environment report Erica Peterson posted today that there may be a settlement in the suit the federal government brought against Lockheed Martin for failing to properly dispose of hazardous waste.
Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $5 million without admitting fault. According to Peterson, that's sofa change compared to the hundreds of millions that Lockheed Martin was paid.
Clean up of the waste site continues to the tune of millions of dollars and is projected to last well into the future.
Peterson's story follows the jump.
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