Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House has passed a budget bill that protects funding for public schools. But, the measure calls for 2.6% cuts for other state agencies. The 2.6% cuts would apply to both 2003 and 2004. The measure approved by the House would protect funding for elementary and secondary education, justice programs, jails, prisons, and human service programs.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – A spokesman for the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System says many educators who plan to retire after 27 years should consider working a little longer. Member Services Director Bill Leach says rising health insurance costs and uncertainty about the future cost of living could make it more difficult to predict adequate retirement income levels. Leach says many teachers in the state have the mistaken impression that they will receive their maximum retirement benefit after 27 years of service.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Warren County Water District service area north of the Barren River is under a water shortage emergency following a barge accident. A 16 inch water main crossing the Barren River was ruptured over the weekend when the barge broke loose and slammed into the water main. Residents north of the Barren River are being urged to practice conservation in all use of their water. Non-essential water use for things such as car washing, driveway or pavement washing, and refilling of air conditioning cooling towers is being restricted.
Somerset, Kentucky – Authorities are investigating a plane crash in Pulaski County that killed three people. A twin-engine aircraft with seven people aboard crashed last night on approach to the Somerset airport, killling the pilot, co-pilot, and a child. State police say an injured woman is reported in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville. Three other children escaped with non-life threatening injuries.
Madisonville, Kentucky – Five people are dead following a morning house fire in Madisonville. Hopkins County Coroner John Walters says the victims include two adults and three children. The deaths appear to be due to smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by state arson officials.