James Monroe has rebuilt a log cabin on the site where his father, bluegrass icon Bill Monroe, once lived and plans to open it to the public.
Monroe told the Messenger-Inquirer that the Ohio County cabin is complete and will open on Thursday at noon with festivities that include barbeque and bluegrass music by an assortment of performers.
The two-room cabin is basically a replica of one that belonged to his great uncle, James Pendleton Vandiver, and was made famous in a song by his father called "Uncle Pen." Bill Monroe went to live with his uncle at the age of 16 after his parents died.
James Monroe said the cabin was the last place his father lived in Kentucky, and he thinks bluegrass fans would be interested in seeing it.
Kentucky may find out Monday if the state can resume carrying out death sentences. A hearing will be held in Frankfort on the state’s request to lift an order barring executions.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd halted all executions in 2010 after finding issues with Kentucky’s three-drug method for lethal injections. Attorney for death row inmates argued the three drugs caused an unnecessary risk of pain.
Earlier this year, the state switched to one or two drugs, depending upon the availability of the drugs.
Governor Beshear has requests to set execution dates for condemned inmates Robert Foley and Ralph Baze, but the governor has given no indication if or when he will act on those requests should the injunction be lifted.
Kentucky has executed three inmates since the death penalty was re-instated in 1976. The last was in 2008.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is vowing to repeal President Obama’s sweeping health care law. He spoke Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Senator McConnell stood next to a seven-foot tower of 20,000 pages of health care rules and regulations. He called it a “monument to liberalism,” and said Republicans will not back down from the fight.
“Obamacare should be repealed root and branch," exclaimed McConnell.
As McConnell faces re-election next year, political observers are waiting to see if the five-term senator gets a challenge within the GOP from tea party backers.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded to McConnell’s speech in a statement by Chair Matt Canter.
“Even many conservative Republicans acknowledge that Mitch McConnell is a huge part of the problem in Washington," suggested Canter.
A southern Kentucky official has posted records from a jail investigation online.
The move comes after the Glasgow Daily Times won a months-long battle in Barren Circuit Court over access to the records. The case began when the newspaper filed an open records request last year with Barren Fiscal Court. The court ruled in February that the county had to hand over an unredacted copy of the report, which was produced by a private investigator for the Fiscal Court at a cost of $3,500.