Louisville, KY – State Senator David Karem, a Democrat from Louisville, says he will not seek re-election when his term ends next year. Speaking with reporters today, Karem said he had hoped to leave the Senate "under his own terms", and believes he will be able to accomplish that goal.
Karem says his decision was not influenced by the fact that Republicans now have control of the State Senate. The Lawmaker from Louisville was first elected to the State Senate in 1976.
Frankfort, KY – The top official at the Kentucky Virtual University will leave his post on September 15th. Daniel Rabuzzi, who is a native of New York, will go to New York city to become the head of the Leader to Leader Institute.
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Tom Layzell has appointed Norma Northern to serve as interim CEO of the Virtual University. Northern is currently the Chief Operating Officer.
Knoxville, TN – The three member board of the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a rate hike of more than seven percent for residential and business customers. The board also lowered rates two percent for about 1500 manufacturers.
T-V-A says the money is needed to pay for pollution control equipment at its coal-fired power plants. A residential customer who uses one thousand kilowatt hours of power per month will seen an increase of less than four dollars.
Louisville, KY – Two missing children have been found unharmed, and their mother has surrendered to police. Authorities say the children had been taken from their Grandmother's house at knifepoint by their mother, after she lost custody of the youngsters. The children were found near a television station in Louisville.
Police say the woman's sister had been awarded temporary custody of the children, who are ages seven and six months.