Louisville, KY – State Senator David Karem, a Democrat from Louisville, says he will not seek re-election when his term ends next year. Speaking with reporters today, Karem said he had hoped to leave the Senate "under his own terms", and believes he will be able to accomplish that goal.
Karem says his decision was not influenced by the fact that Republicans now have control of the State Senate. The Lawmaker from Louisville was first elected to the State Senate in 1976.
Frankfort, KY – The top official at the Kentucky Virtual University will leave his post on September 15th. Daniel Rabuzzi, who is a native of New York, will go to New York city to become the head of the Leader to Leader Institute.
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Tom Layzell has appointed Norma Northern to serve as interim CEO of the Virtual University. Northern is currently the Chief Operating Officer.
Knoxville, TN – The three member board of the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a rate hike of more than seven percent for residential and business customers. The board also lowered rates two percent for about 1500 manufacturers.
T-V-A says the money is needed to pay for pollution control equipment at its coal-fired power plants. A residential customer who uses one thousand kilowatt hours of power per month will seen an increase of less than four dollars.
Louisville, KY – Two missing children have been found unharmed, and their mother has surrendered to police. Authorities say the children had been taken from their Grandmother's house at knifepoint by their mother, after she lost custody of the youngsters. The children were found near a television station in Louisville.
Police say the woman's sister had been awarded temporary custody of the children, who are ages seven and six months.
Frankfort, KY--AP – A leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives says Kentucky would make more money with casinos than with electronic slot machines at race tracks. Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, who advocates more legalized gambling in the state, says competition between casinos and race tracks would be best for the state.
Bowling Green, KY – Administrators with the Social Security Administration are urging American workers to plan ahead for retirement by diversifying investments. Speaking at a day-long forum at Western Kentucky University, Atlanta Deputy Regional Commissioner Ron Tysinger pointed to the need to invest for retirement.
(Frankfort,KY---AP) – An internet worm has interrupted work in several motor vehicle registration offices in Kentucky. Computers that handle auto registration data were impacted by the worm in at least six branch offices in Jefferson County.In Fayette County, the County Clerk reported that it was almost impossible to process registrations Monday. However, offices in Franklin County reported no major problems with computer performance. Some other state services also were affected. Gil Lawson of the
Louisville, KY---AP – Kentucky's Electricity Regulators are concerned that proposals to spend fifty billion dollars to upgrade the nation's power grid could prove costly to Kentucky consumers. Andrew Melnykovych of the Kentucky Public Service Commission says the P-S-C is not enthusiastic about the idea of higher rates to pay for upgrades to the grid. He says the upgrades probably would not have great benefit for the state of Kentucky, because Commission studies show the state has a sturdy electrical system.
(Somerset, Ky.-AP) – Judge Paul Braden has denied a motion to exclude the death penalty in the case against 35 year old Jeff Morris. Defense Attorney Barbara Carnes had argued that Morris should not face the death penalty, since the man who has admitted to killing Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron has already received the lesser penalty of life in prison.