A meeting where members of the public can sound off about a requested rate increase by Big Rivers Electric Corporation has been rescheduled.
A meeting was to be held Dec. 10 in Henderson, but was called off due to bad weather. The new date is Monday, December 16, in the Stagg Meeting Room at Henderson Community College, beginning at 5 pm.
The meeting will include a presentation by staff with the Kentucky Public Service Commission about the proposed rate increase by Big Rivers, the biggest power supplier in the region. Earlier this year the PSC granted a rate increase of $54 million by Big Rivers after the loss of its biggest customer, Century Aluminum of Hawesville.
Public comments will begin no later than 6 pm.
A second public meeting will be held in Frankfort on January 8, and will be linked through video conference to sites in Brandenburg, Owensboro, and Paducah.
The Supreme Court is considering whether to give a new sentencing hearing to a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky. The justices heard arguments Wednesday over Robert Keith Woodall `s death sentence.
Woodall pleaded guilty to kidnapping Sarah Hansen on Jan. 25, 1997, from a convenience store in western Kentucky. Woodall acknowledged that he raped the girl and slit her throat twice before taking her body to Luzerne Lake and throwing it in the water.
A federal appeals court threw out his death sentence because a judge refused to tell the jury not to draw any conclusions about his choice not to take the stand at his 1998 capital sentencing hearing.
Justices are expected to make a decision sometime next year.
Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson is still fighting for the legislature to take recommendations from his Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform.
Abramson says he has delivered 59 speeches to encourage constituents to lobby their representatives and senators to take up the issue.
The commission’s report includes 54 suggestions to reform the state tax code and generate an estimated $660-million annually. “The Governor’s working with the leadership to find areas to find common ground to agree on, said Abramson." "I’m out on the trail trying to gin up the involvement of the average guy and gal in a community and I’m asking them to call their legislator, go see their legislator and tell them that they will support that kind of vote."
Abramson says lawmakers are frightened about voting on taxes especially in an election year. He wouldn’t offer odds on whether or not the legislature will take up the issue in January. The Commonwealth has cut more than $1.6 billion in the last six years.
Abramson has two years remaining as Lt. Governor, but this is his last feasible opportunity to push for tax reform. Passing tax reform is procedurally less challenging during the upcoming budget session than garnering a two-thirds vote in an off budget year.
Republican Suzanne Miles claimed victory in a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District Tuesday night.
Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Congressman Brett Guthrie, tallied 3,548 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal. Humphrey amassed 3,436 votes.
Humphrey did not concede the race Tuesday night and the chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party says a re-canvass will be requested.
However, following a speech last Friday in Detroit, the freshman Senator said his wife, Kelly, is opposed to him running for president. Paul said his thoughts about being in the spotlight shift from week to week, adding “Sometimes you have a good week. The next week they pound you to death. You know, the haters and the hacks go after you.”
Paul recently faced criticism for using material in some of his speeches and newspaper editorials that were lifted—without attribution—from other sources. Paul said much of the negative attention was coming from, what he called, “haters”.