A proposal meant to put more armed guards in Tennessee schools has begun moving forward in the General Assembly. It offers money for schools to hire retired police officers and allows teachers with law enforcement backgrounds to carry a gun to class.
Whether a retired officer hired part-time as a security guard or a teacher already on the payroll, both would have to go through at least 40 hours of special training.
The legislation has the backing of Governor Bill Haslam and has trumped other proposals aimed at more broadly allowing teachers to go armed to class.
Some Republicans still want to mandate armed guards in every school, but others say the only reason they support this bill is because it doesn’t. Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville says schools aren’t as dangerous as they’re made out to be.
Kentucky will shut down an expensive fuel testing lab run by the Department of Agriculture.
The lab was meant to test the quality of fuel from pumps across the commonwealth. It was the brainchild of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who promised other states would eventually sign contracts with the lab and generate significant revenue. However, those contracts never materialized and the lab has been a money guzzler.
Because of that, current Commissioner James Comer is shuttering the facility and outsourcing fuel testing to a private company. Comer expects to save money with the change.
Comer says the change won't affect his office's responsibility of testing fuel and maintaining fuel pumps throughout the Commonwealth.
Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Court of Appeals Judge Michelle Keller to a vacancy on the Kentucky Supreme Court, putting three women on the bench for the first time in state history.
Keller replaces retiring Justice Will Schroder, who is stepping down for health reasons.
Keller will represent her home region of Northern Kentucky on the state Supreme Court and will have to run for re-election next year.
Jason Nemes, a lawyer who has tried cases before the court, says Keller is a perfect pick.
"You cannot categorize her as being friendly to plaintiffs, friendly to defendants, friendly to criminals or the state or business. She is a fair judge right down the middle and exactly what a justice ought to be," said Nemes.
Keller joins justices Mary Noble and Lisbeth Hughes Abramson as the historic three women justices on the state Supreme Court. The court has seven total justices.
The prospective brides of two Kentucky inmates are suing a clerk of court after he cancelled their marriage licenses because their fiancés couldn't appear in person to acquire the license.
Sara Hudson and Patricia Locke have each sued Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney in federal court in Louisville, saying his actions have denied them the right to marry.
Both suits were brought with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky. They want a judge to lift the requirement of appearing in person to apply for the license. Hudson's fiancé is an inmate at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Locke is engaged to an inmate at Northpoint Training Center.
Mooney did not return a message seeking comment. In court records, Mooney said the rejections were based on legal advice.
The head of the Kentucky Derby Festival says Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence won't make it to this year's Pegasus Parade to serve as grand marshal. But CEO Mike Berry says there's a silver lining; Lawrence has a standing invitation for any year she can make it.
Lawrence, a 22 year old Louisville native, won an Oscar this year for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and received a nomination in 2011 for "Winter's Bone."
Parts of southeastern Missouri, western Tennessee and western Kentucky got a little bit of a shake overnight.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 2.7 earthquake rumbled through the area around 10:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday.
WPSD-TV in Paducah reported the epicenter registered southeast of Portageville, MO. That area is in the New Madrid seismic zone, which the Geological Survey considers the most active zone in North America east of the Rockies.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is lending his name to a conservative gun rights group that's targeting fellow Republicans.
The group, the National Association for Gun Rights, is running ads against two Congressmen in Virginia, including House Minority leader Eric Cantor, saying they gave in too easily to President Obama's gun control measures. They also say the National Rifle Association is too willing to compromise on gun rights.