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News from Peabody Energy Corporation is bad.
Talk on the street and in an article in the Thursday, 3-17-16 edition of the Wall Street Journal is that Peabody is studying the strategy of corporate bankruptcy.
Extreme budget cuts could end Kentucky court operations as we know them,
says Chief Justice Minton
FRANKFORT, Ky., March 16, 2016 - Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. sounded the alarm late Tuesday night after getting a copy of the proposed House version of the Judicial Branch budget bill for Fiscal Biennium 2016-2018 (attached).
"Unfortunately - in spite of early indications to the contrary - the news is very grim," he said in an email sent at 11 p.m. EDT to justices, judges, circuit court clerks and non-elected court personnel statewide.
Based on the amount appropriated by the House, the Judicial Branch would be short $36.3 million in Fiscal Year 2017 and $40.6 million in FY 2018...
Workshops set for March 31 and April 6
Attendees may choose from two workshop locations. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in Georgetown, Ky., will be the host site for the March 31 workshop. Western Kentucky University (WKU), in Bowling Green, Ky., will be the host site for the April 6 workshop. The cost to attend is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments and facility tours. Registration deadline is by noon March 28 for the Georgetown location and April 1 for the workshop in Bowling Green.
MURRAY, Ky. - Murray State University President Robert O. Davies announced today that Tim Todd has requested to return to the role of dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
Graves County High School band, choir, and orchestra students combine their talents in various combinations to present "Music in Our Schools" at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19, in the school district's performing arts center, located adjacent to Graves High at the entrance nearest the intersection of the Purchase Parkway and Ky. Highway 121.
Recent sudden job losses at Kentucky's last Fruit of the Loom plant in Jamestown and at Toyota's regional headquarters in Erlanger have hit the state hard.
They've also prompted wrong-headed claims that Kentucky brought this on itself by not pursuing certain economic policies--that Kentucky is getting something wrong that other states are getting right.
But those making such claims are exploiting real human and economic tragedies in an effort to further arguments that don't hold up to scrutiny...
(Clinton, KY - March 17, 2016) Twenty photos taken over a span of thirty years by Ivan and Mary Potter will be on display in the Hickman County Arts Council display case in Hickman County Courthouse in Clinton through the end of March.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed Sen. Rand Paul (R- KY) and Sen. Ed Markey's bill (D-MA) - The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT Act). The bipartisan TREAT Act would expand specialized treatment for prescription drug and heroin addiction.
(Frankfort, KY - March 16, 2016) - ...The Democratic version would maintain per-pupil funding for education (known as SEEK) as proposed by Governor Matt Bevin in the state's next $21 billion two-year state budget while restoring cuts proposed by the Governor to several K-12 services including family resource and youth service centers (FRYSCs) and preschool, Gifted and Talented and higher education..
FRANKFORT - In September 2015, an audit by former Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen found over 3000 rape tests remained untested. The Kentucky Senate passed a bipartisan bill on March 16, 2016 to address the backlog.
At Right: Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, views the unanimous passage of legislation she sponsored to help remove the backlog of unprocessed sexual assault examination kits in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of LRC Information Office
Unemployment rates in Kentucky above national average
February 2016 unemployment rates in Kentucky stand at 5.8%, a half a percentage point (.5%) higher than the same month last year. Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 4.3%
Some job sectors grew while others declined. Education, health services, construction, leisure and hospitality sectors all added jobs.
FRANKFORT-- The House today advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that could ultimately give cities and counties the ability to levy up to a penny in sales tax for specific local projects.
The passage of House Bill 2, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg and House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, by both the House and Senate is required to put the proposed amendment on statewide ballot this November.
(Clinton, KY) - Finally!!! West Kentucky Journal articles can be shared on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
Nationally-Recognized Community College President Announces Retirement
PADUCAH, KY (March 11, 2016) - After more than 40 years of service in education, West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) President Dr. Barbara Veazey announced today her plans to retire, effective June 30, 2016.
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...
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