The chairman of the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee says he is pre-filing legislation that seeks to make clear that Kentuckians are free from the unregulated use of eminent domain.
Hopkinsville Democrat John Tilley says the issue should be clarified in light of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. The proposed natural gas liquids pipeline would stretch from Pennsylvania to Louisiana, and cut through an estimated 13 Kentucky counties, including Breckinridge, Hardin, Larue, Meade, and Nelson.
Some landowners in counties along the proposed pipeline route have expressed concerns that the company would seek to use eminent domain laws to seize their land.
Rep. Tilley said in a news release issued by his office that the bill he has pre-filed will “strive to maintain the proper balance between those rights and economic development when it comes to safely transporting fossil fuels.”
"I believe the state needs to paint a brighter line on how pipelines like this are built and where they can be located."
The bill would put the Public Service Commission in the role of gatekeeper if those constructing pipelines can’t reach agreement with private landowners.
The Daily News reports a second person will be charged in connection with the murder of Larry Thomas. Paducah police reportedly arrested 19-year-old Adriana Mason Friday afternoon. Mason is currently in the McCracken County jail.
Bowling Green police say 21-year-old Dominique Wortham has confessed to the September 2 murder of WKU student Larry Thomas at Thomas' apartment on Rock Creek Drive.
The Bowling Green Daily News reported that Wortham was arrested Thursday night and charged with murder.
He reportedly told police he shot the 20-year-old Thomas during the course of a robbery. Thomas was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital following the shooting where he later died.
Washington’s top Democrat is reportedly coming to the aid of Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
C-N-2 Politics reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a fundraising luncheon for Grimes in Las Vegas on October 11th. The event is being organized by Seachlight Leadership Fund, the political action committee that Reid founded in 1997.
When asked to confirm the fundraiser and whether Grimes will attend, her Press Secretary Charly Norton told WKU Public Radio the campaign would not comment on their fundraising schedule.
The Kentucky Republican Party criticized the fundraiser and highlighted Reid’s past statement that “coal makes us sick.”
Grimes is the presumed Democratic nominee who will challenge Republican U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in a race to be decided next November. McConnell must first win a primary contest against Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin.
Governor Beshear says most of Kentucky’s uninsured residents would qualify for discounts on health insurance purchased on the state’s new health exchange. Speaking Tuesday in Frankfort, said at least 80 percent of the commonwealth’s uninsured would get some kind of financial assistance to help them get insurance coverage.
The new health exchange was put into motion following the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act. It serves as an online marketplace where consumers can choose state-approved insurance plans and compare coverage and costs.
Enrollment in the Kentucky exchange begins October 1.
Government officials have said an estimated 332,000 uninsured Kentuckians would be eligible to receive coverage through the new exchange. The Courier-Journal reports Beshear said Tuesday that a family of four earning $70,000 a year could buy a health plan for a little over $400 a month.
President Obama is set to address the nation Tuesday evening about the ongoing conflict in Syria, and his efforts to get Congress to authorize a U.S. military strike following the Syrian government's use of chemical weapons.
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