Frankfort, KY – The head of the Kentucky Commission on Women is stepping down from her position, in response to a request from Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration. Betsy Nowland-Curry has served as the Commission's Executive Director for more than three years.
She told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she was asked to step down, effective February 15th. Governor Fletcher's wife, Glenna, is reportedly interested in taking a more active role in the Commission.
Frankfort, KY – The House Health and Welfare Committee has approved a bill that would reduce student access to soft drinks and other sugary beverages during the school day. HB 261 would prohibit elementary schools from selling "soda waters" during the school day.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher says his administration has scraped up 23 million dollars by refinancing some state bonds. Fletcher says that money will be used for education.
The Governor made the statement today in Frankfort. He says he will propose giving the money for programs that fall outside of basic school funding. Those programs include after-school services, teacher training and school safety.
Bowling Green, KY/Washington.D.C. – U-S Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky says lawmakers are determined to stay on the job, despite the discovery of ricin in a Senate office. The lawmaker from northern Kentucky says its very important to send the message that sending such a substance will not bring the work of Congress to a standstill.
Louisville, KY – The former nursing home owner and mistress of ex-governor Paul Patton is leaving her position on the Kentucky Lottery Board. Tina Conner did not give a reason for leaving the Board, but she is scheduled to appear in Federal Court Monday to be sentenced on a mail fraud charge.
Frankfort, KY – The budget given to Kentucky lawmakers by Governor Ernie Fletcher includes 46 million dollars to renovate the State Office Building. The upgrades would mean the 12 story structure would be empty for the next few years, as floors are revamped and filled with new furniture.
State officials want the building formerly used by the Transportation Cabinet to reflect the Cabinet's new 113 million dollar headquarters, which are located across the street in Frankfort.
Versailles, KY – Former Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn died last night at his Versailles residence. Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward says the 79 year old Nunn collapsed after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Bowling Green, KY – A Pike County coal company has been cited for alledgedly causing a black water spill that fouled more than eight miles of an eastern Kentucky creek. The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet has issued a Notice of Non-compliance and an Imminent Danger Cessation Order to the Johns Creek Processing Company.
The company was cited for allowing black water to leave a permitted area and for failing to report the spill in a timely manner.
Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky House has approved legislation which would make it a felony to tip off a nursing home about a pending state inspection. Representative Kathy Stein of Lexington is the sponsor of the bill, which passed the House by a 94 to 0 margin.
Frankfort, KY – A bill to create a lottery scratch-off game to raise money for veterans' programs has stalled in a House Committee. The proposal was backed by General Les Beavers, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs.