A Kentucky Congressman who leads the House Appropriations Committee says President Obama needs to lower the amount of funding he’s seeking to address the crisis along the country’s southern border.
Politico reports that Somerset Republican Hal Rogers told reporters Friday that the nearly $4 billion the President wants is “too much money.” The President made the request in response to the growing number of unaccompanied children who are trying to enter the country from central America.
Congressman Rogers said while members of the appropriations committee continue to look through the President’s plan, the $3.7 billion dollar price tag will have to come down in order to gain House support.
While he didn’t suggest a different number, Rogers said he hopes to make a counter-proposal next week.
A lawsuit has been filed against the Tennessee Valley Authority over its plans to shut down two coal-fired units at its plant in Muhlenberg County.
The suit brought by a group of landowners and the Kentucky Coal Association argues the TVA didn’t perform a proper environmental impact statement before it decided to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant, and replace them with a natural gas unit scheduled to begin operations in 2017.
Meanwhile, ground continues to be cleared for the project. Speaking to reporters in June at the Paradise plant in Drakesboro, TVA transition manager Billy Sabin said the excavation stage should be completed within three months.
“That’s expected to complete sometime around the September timeframe. When that is complete, we’ll be working on getting our permits in place, and starting actual construction the end of this year to the first of next year.”
A TVA spokesman says officials are reviewing the lawsuit and will respond appropriately. The federally-owned corporation says reducing the number of coal-burning units at its Muhlenberg County plant from three to one will cut its coal reliance at the facility by half.
A Cave City physician’s medical license has been restricted following an investigation into his prescribing practices.
The investigation into Dr. Chandra Reddy began when the local drug task force received a tip that he was prescribing prescription drugs without having patients visit his office. The Glasgow Daily Times reports investigators also found evidence the doctor was trading prescriptions for cash and marijuana and that he was using marijuana himself.
Reddy, who specializes in internal medicine, is no longer allowed to prescribe controlled substances until he meets a number of requirements set by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
The board previously sanctioned Reddy in 2010 following an investigation that he had inappropriate contact with two female patients during exams.
Long-time United Auto Workers Union President Eldon Renaud is out at the Bowling Green General Motors Plant.
Spokeswoman Andrea Hales confirmed that Renaud is no longer employed at the plant. Renaud had no comment when contacted Thursday morning by WKU Public Radio. He served as the local UAW president since 1982 and had been a GM employee for more than 40 years.
Renaud had been critical of Plant Manager Dave Tatman, who resigned abruptly in February. In April, the union voted to authorize a strike if the plant didn’t resolve some safety and quality issues. A strike never occurred.
Renaud also served as Bowling Mayor from 1996 to 2000.
WKU alumnus Larnelle Harris is among the winners of the 2014 Governor’s Awards in the Arts. The honorees were announced Wednesday by the Kentucky Arts Council. Harris has won five Grammy awards and is a member of the Gospel Hall of Fame.
The City of Danville will be honored with the Government award for its contributions to the arts. Danville hosts the annual Great American Brass Band Festival each June.
The awards will be presented in a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort in October.
A Hart County manufacturer is announcing plans to expand its facility and add jobs. Dart Container announced today that it will invest $23 dollars to build a new 650,000 square foot warehouse in Horse Cave.
Up to 30 new jobs are expected to be created through the expansion.
Dart Container currently employs approximately 1,400 people at its Hart County operation, where it manufactures cups, bowls, plates, and other food and beverage supplies.
The Michigan-based Dart Container Corporation has been preliminarily approved for $900,000 in state tax incentives and benefits in connection with the project.
One way many Bowling Green families cool off in the summer is with a stop by Circus Square Park near downtown. But the water fountain at the center of the square that often serves as a playground for small children won’t be working for the next few weeks.
On Monday, crews discovered a hydrochloric acid leak that damaged some of the underground wiring for the pumps that operate the fountain. City spokesperson Kim Lancaster says a contractor is currently evaluating how much damage was done.
“It looks like we have a good chance of getting the fountain at least partially operational in the next couple of weeks,” said Lancaster. “It may not have all of the pumps running and it may not have the patterns that we like to run.”
Lancaster says an estimated timetable for a full repair is still unknown. She says the hydrochloric acid is used to maintain a pH balance of the chlorine, much like a swimming pool.
Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator is partnering with a Democratic colleague to help low-level offenders wipe their criminal records clean. Republican Rand Paul of Bowling Green and Cory Booker of New Jersey plan to introduce legislation that would encourage states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18.
The bi-partisan effort is being called the REDEEM Act, and would automatically expunge the records of juveniles who commit nonviolent crimes before they turn 15 and would automatically seal the records of those who commit them after.
The bill would also create a broad-based federal path for sealing criminal record for adults, with non-violent offenders able to petition courts to make their case.
Paul is considering a run for the White House in 2016, and a new Quinnipiac University poll shows the Kentucky Senator narrowly leading his potential GOP rivals with 11 percent ofthe vote. That’s just ahead of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who had the support of 10 percent of respondents.
The boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in one of his most famous fights are being sold at auction. The Louisville native—then known as Cassius Clay—wore the gloves in 1971 during the first of his three fights against Joe Frazier.
The gloves will be up for bidding July 31 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland. When the gloves were auctioned in 2012, they sold for nearly $386,000.
Ali used the gloves in what was called the “Fight of the Century.” Ali and Frazier were both undefeated heading into the event at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Frazier knocked Ali down and won a 15-round decision.