The chairman of the State Government Committee in the Kentucky House says he's not sure when Governor Beshear will call lawmakers back to Frankfort for a special session.
Muhlenberg County Democrat Brent Yonts says the governor informed him at the conclusion of this year's regular session that he wanted lawmakers to figure out a solution to legislative redistricting before January.
"I'm hoping it will not be in July or August when most of us are traveling a lot," Yonts told WKU Public Radio. "If it's going to happen, I hope it's early September or possibly in June. But he hasn't communicated to me exactly when it's going to happen."
Governor Beshear recently said he is considering a special session sometime in the fall. Kentucky's legislative boundaries have to be redrawn to reflect the most recent U.S. Census data.
Earlier this year the House passed new maps that were rejected by the Senate. Now the state is facing two lawsuits alleging lawmakers have been negligent in not getting new boundaries drawn.
A body was found Tuesday in the back seat of a truck near Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia. The truck was in the parking lot of Grider Apartments, which are leased to students on the edge of campus.
Lindsey Wilson Spokesman Duane Bonifer says the body was found by a college employee.
"The truck had tinted windows that you couldn't see through, and it wasn't until someone approached the truck while they were cleaning the parking lot, that they saw a body inside it," explains Bonifer.
Adair County Coroner Todd Akin says the man's body appears to have been in the truck for several days and was decomposed. The man's identity and whether foul play is suspected will be determined following an autopsy Wednesday in Louisville.
Delinquent Kentucky taxpayers beware--you could soon lose a variety of state-issued licenses.
It turns out that people who fall behind on their income taxes in Kentucky are subject to losing state licenses to drive, practice law, even cut hair.
The consequences came as a surprise to some state legislators who were unaware of the provision that was tucked into a law they passed on the final day of this year's legislative session.
Democratic state Rep. Hubert Collins of Wittensville, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the measure slipped through in a complex pension reform bill.
Republican Sen. Ernie Harris of Crestwood, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said the measure makes little sense because it takes away people's ability to work, leaving them unable to pay taxes. Harris said the provision never would have passed if it had come through his committee.
Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Congressman Ed Whitfield on Tuesday met with Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Assistant Secretary Daniel Poneman to discuss the long term future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.
Still reeling from the DOE’s recent announcement not to extend the United States Enrichment Corporation’s (USEC) operation, the delegation, stressed the importance of DOE's commitment to cleanup and utilizing the tails and other assets located in Paducah to secure a long term future for the site.
“The Department of Energy must act quickly to maximize long term job retention and job growth in Paducah, and we will continue to do all we can to ensure that happens,” stated McConnell, Paul and Whitfield. “There is significant private sector interest for utilizing the site’s assets in Paducah, so any plan by the DOE to ship the tails out of the area is unacceptable to us.”
Ohio State University President Gordon Gee is retiring following the revelation of recorded remarks in which he criticized Notre Dame, Roman Catholics, and the Southeastern Conference.
The university announced Tuesday that Gee is retiring as of July 1.
Gee made the joking remarks to the university's Athletic Council in December, during an update on Big Ten expansion. The recorded comments were obtained by The Associated Press, which published a story about them last week.
Gee also questioned the academic integrity of schools in the Southeastern Conference and the University of Louisville. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.
Trustees had called Gee's remarks unacceptable and placed him on a remediation plan after learning of the comments earlier this year.
Gee has been a successful college president but also prone to verbal gaffes, once calling Ohio's governor a "dummy" and likening the job of running a university to the Polish Army.