Frankfort, KY – Reports from Frankfort indicate the State Senate probably won't take up the budget until Monday. The delay means getting a budget agreement could be a close call this session.
Monday will mark the 58th day of the current legislative session, which runs sixty days. The only days left after Monday are already designated as time for legislators to overturn vetoes of the Governor. However, the two veto days can be used to pass bills.
Frankfort, KY – Legislation which was originally intended to exempt homeland security-related documents from open records laws was approved by the Kentucky Senate. However, the Senate version of the bill would also exempt donor records at state universities--- if a donor wants to remain anonymous.
Louisville, KY – Kentucky Auditor Crit Luallen has released a report on the University of Louisville's Foundation---and on the spending of former U of L President John Shumaker. The report concludes that Dr. Shumaker did not use the Foundation for inappropriate personal benefit. However, the State Auditor is calling for tighter controls and guidelines, particularly regarding gifts received and distributed.
Bowling Green,KY – One of the two men charged in connection with last May's death of Western Kentucky University student Katie Autry has entered a guilty plea. Stephen Soules of Scottsville entered the plea this morning in Warren Circuit Court.
Frankfort, KY – Four ethics bills sponsored by House Speaker Jody Richards are being ignored by Senate Committees, and the bills could be doomed. The bills were proposed by the Democrat from Bowling Green to curb nepotism, cronyism and no-bid contracts in the state's executive branch.
Nashville, TN – The U-S Secret Service is warning people selling cars not to send money to unknown individuals. The agency reports that one scam recently detected in Tennessee involves someone paying more than the advertised asking price for a car listed in a small newspaper ad.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House approved Senate Bill 37 by a unanimous vote. The legislation is designed to make coal mines safer places to work by updating standards for electrical safety.
The bill was sponsored in the Senate by Senator David Boswell of Owensboro. It includes new requirements that power circuits and electrical equipment in mines must be shut off before they are worked on. In addition, insulation would be required around suspended cables.
Fort Campbell, KY – President Bush is thanking about twenty thousand soldiers who have returned from Iraq. As part of his trip to persuade Americans to give him another four years as Commander in Chief, the President is meeting with families of some soldiers who were killed in the war.
Members of the 101st Airborne have been actively involved in the combat and rebuilding effort in Iraq. Sixty soldiers from the 101st were killed in Iraq.
Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville has released findings of a study that shows Louisville's air contains an unsafe chemical. The study shows the concentration of butadiene has been increasing at a rate of about 35 percent per year since June of 2000.
The chemical was identified last year as the top toxic air health threat for the Louisville area. The chemical can cause cancer in humans. It is found in motor vehicle emissions and its used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.
Frankfort, KY – Some non-violent felons would be able to ask the state to erase their conviction from their record, under legislation approved by the House. The bill would only apply to Class D felons who haven't committed a crime for ten years. The measure would also require the court to schedule a hearing and notify the Commonwealth's Attorney and any victims of the felon's expungement request.