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Oops. State Misses Out on Fed Unemployment Extended Benefits
Governor Beshear and the Legislature missed the deadline for extending unemployment benefits with federal funds.
Oops. State Misses Out on Fed Unemployment Extended Benefits
UPDATE: The Obama Administration took pity on Kentucky and is extending federal unemployment benefits, despite the screw up in not changing the law to comply with federal guidelines by the Governor and the Legislature.
Stephanie Steizer of the Courier Journal desires an Attagirl for the terrific job she’s been doing following state unemployment issues that are dry, unsexy and un-blood spattered.  Getting money from the feds to extend benefits for unemployed workers is apparently so complicated that legislation necessary to get more money from the feds never got introduced in the 2009 General Assembly. As late as last week, Governor Beshear was saying that the lack of a law change wouldn’t prevent extended benefits being paid by the feds.
      That turned out to be not quite the case. Governor Beshear relied on the state reaching 5% unemployment of laid off workers with insured companies which would automatically trigger the increased payments. Unfortunately, the state only got to 4.91%. Steitzer described the Governor as “surprised”. Read her story here.  Failure to act limits aid to jobless
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Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Protests Water Rate Increase
Hickman County Chamber wrote to the Kentucky Public Service Commission protesting the rate increase requested by Utilities, Inc. "During these difficult economic times, our chamber is working closely with businesses and industries to help keep them open and profitable. A 51 percent increase will make a significant difference in the profitability of many of our members.." Marla Pruitt, Chamber President in letter to the Kentucky Public Service Commission.
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Latham Goes on Trial April 17th in Cadiz-CANCELLED

FLASH: Just spoke with Jay Latham and the trial set for tomorrow has been CANCELLED. Jay accepted an apology from the arresting officers and is willing to let bygones be bygones.  He thanked everyone who supported him through this "trial and tribulation."

Jay Latham, the retired Auto Worker who was jailed at the Cadiz Ham Festival Parade last year, will go on trial Friday at 9:00 a.m. in Cadiz at the Trigg County Courthouse. Progressives are urging anyone who can get to Cadiz on Friday morning to attend the jury trial.

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