Frankfort, Kentucky – Despite negative comments about the idea from House and Senate leaders, Governor Patton is proceeding with a proposed budget based on a tax increase of 570 million dollars. The Governor has indicated that corporations would be targeted for much of the increase. House and Senate leaders say they prefer to reduce the budget at this point.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation is holding a series of public hearings for comments on the services it provides to people with disabilities. Program Administrator Allison Jesse says the hearings began in Western Kentucky last week and will continue through January 31st. A public hearing has been scheduled for Somerset on January 28th at the Comfort Inn.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The City of Bowling Green has moved up a notch in its fire protection rating. Chief of the Bowling Green Fire Department, Gary Brown, says results from the Insurance Services Office of Inspections places Bowling Green in the top three and a half percent of the nation for its ability to respond to fires.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Bowling Green based health care providers are doing their part to help address the needs of the working poor. The Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, Carla Reagan, says more volunteers are needed. The working poor are defined as those residents of South Central Kentucky who are employed but do not have the means to pay for their medical expenses due to a lack of health insurance and do not receive any form of social assistance.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University has received a major gift for a new academic-athletic performance center. The anonymous donation of more than $1.5 million was announced Thursday by University President Gary Ransdell. Ransdell says the new facility will be accessible to all twenty intercollegiate programs at Western.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Reports of critical blood shortages in other parts of the country have brought the nation's blood banks together to strongly encourage immediate donation by eligible donors. The American Red Cross was joined by America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) in asking generous people to step up. The area Red Cross schedules up to 18 blood drives a day across its 84-county region.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The state Medicaid program will make more than $250 million in cuts to deal with increasing enrollment and growing costs. The Medicaid program is facing a $450 million deficit next year. The number of people on Medicaid this year is expected to exceed projections by 41,000 individuals. Governor Patton noted that the state has been addressing problems with the Medicaid budget for nearly two years. He appointed a Medicaid Steering Committee in 2001 to start dealing with the problem.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The city of Bowling Green is placing national championship signs along seven corridors into the city. The red and white signs recognize Western Kentucky University's 1AA football champions. Ransdell spoke at the sign unveiling ceremony. There will a special celebration ceremony for the national champions in Diddle Arena on January 18.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Bowling Green City Commission has approved the second reading of an ordinance outlining the city's urban renewal plan. With the vote, the implementation of the historic Bowling Green Revitalization Project becomes effective immediately.
Under the plan, land will be acquired in part to establish Bowling Green Circus Square, a business and housing and park development; to expand existing medical facilities and the riverfront project; and provide for a housing complex for the elderly.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The United States Senate has passed a resolution honoring the Western Kentucky University football team for winning the NCAA Division 1-AA Football Championship. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning, and was approved unanimously on January 9th. The US House had passed a similar resolution, sponsored by Congressman Ron Lewis, earlier this week.