A national conservative organization is endorsing the Tea Party challenger in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.
FreedomWorks says it will invest as much as $500,000 to help Matt Bevin defeat Senator Mitch McConnell in this year’s Republican primary. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying his group believes Bevin is “an exceptional candidate” who has support from grassroots conservative activists across the commonwealth.
FreedomWorks champions candidates who say they want smaller government, and has earned a reputation for not being afraid to challenge established GOP lawmakers.
Bevin, a Louisville businessman and Tea Party activist, has attacked McConnell as a Washington insider who has betrayed conservatives by repeatedly voting to increase the debt ceiling.
McConnell has said he is confident he will win the GOP primary, and has a huge fundraising advantage over Bevin.
Update, 2:24 CST: Indiana's Transportation Department says all lanes of I-65 have been re-opened, but caution is still advised.
The winter weather is causing havoc on I-65 north of Kentucky:
The Indiana Department of Transportation and Indiana State Police have closed Interstate 65—both northbound and southbound lanes—between Exit 16 at Memphis and Exit 76 at Taylorsville. Ice, snow and a number of crashes along this section of I-65 have necessitate the roadway’s complete closure until issues can be resolved.
Legislation being debated by the Tennessee General Assembly would allow non-medical personnel to give insulin injections to diabetic school children.
The Tennessean newspaper reports the American Diabetes Association is lobbying state lawmakers for a measure that would allow teachers and coaches to administer the shots because not every school has a nurse.
In some cases, parents have to leave work and go to their child’s school to give the medicine. But the Tennessee Association of School Nurses cautions there is little room for error when giving insulin shots, and too much could send a child into a diabetic coma.
Similar laws, allowing school employees other than nurses, have passed in other states.
Child-safety advocates are asking Kentucky lawmakers to strengthen the state’s booster seat law and bring it in line with national guidelines.
A 2008 law passed by state lawmakers requires that children be in a booster seat until they reach the age of 7 or a height of 50 inches. National standards go further, however, with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recommending that children be kept in booster seats until they reach the age of eight or a height of 57 inches.
The Herald-Leader reports that a bill filed in the General Assembly would bring the commonwealth in line with neighboring states. House bill 199 would require boosters for children younger than nine who are 40 to 57 inches in height.
Advocates say the need for change is supported by research. A study done by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia found that using a booster seat for children ages 4 to 8 reduced the risk of injury during a car wreck by 59 percent.
The Speaker of the Kentucky House is signaling that a bill designed to fight heroin stands a good chance of passing his chamber this year.
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo was quoted by the Courier-Journal as saying the odds of the bill passing the House are “pretty good”, given that lawmakers have shown a bipartisan ability to back legislation battling illegal drugs. A bill sponsored by Senate Republican Katie Stine seeks to increase the punishment of those convicted of selling high-volumes of drugs while increasing access to substance abuse treatment centers for addicts.
Stine’s bill passed the full Senate on Thursday and is now being considered by the House.
The northern Kentucky lawmaker says her part of the state has seen its treatment centers and law enforcement agencies swamped by a major surge in heroin abuse.
The Courier-Journal reports defense attorneys are objecting to a part of the bill that would help prosecutors convict some drug dealers of homicide when the sale of illegal drugs results in overdose deaths.
A woman who fled police officers is dead after her car went off the northbound lanes of I-65 in Warren County and overturned.
Police have not released the identity of the driver pending notification of next of kin.
Franklin Police officers first made contact with the woman Friday after they received a call from a local Wendy’s saying that the vehicle the woman was driving had been parked in the back of the restaurant for over a week. Officers say the woman was uncooperative when confronted, ignored their commands, and drove off.
Despite efforts to stop the car, the driver made it on to I-65 north. Officers with Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement tried to stop the driver on the interstate. According to officers, the driver lost control of her vehicle near mile marker 19, went off the road, and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office.
The investigation into the incident is being conducted by the KSP.
Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate, follows testimony by Col. Wayne Turner, Bellevue Chief of Police, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee, and later the full Senate, passed a bill sponsored by Stine to combat Kentucky's growing heroin addiction problem.
A bill aimed at combating Kentucky’s rising heroin abuse problem is on to the House after gaining unanimous support in the state Senate. Republican Katie Stine’s measure was passed Thursday on a 36-0 vote, and seeks to distinguish between those who are selling the drug, and those who have become addicted.
“The bill targets two different groups: the trafficker who needs to be run out of Kentucky or locked up, and the addict, who has broken the law, but who has created their own personal prison of addiction that is far worse than any jail the state could design, and who frankly needs treatment,” said the Campbell County lawmaker.
Stine’s bill creates tougher punishments for dealers, making them serve more of their prison sentences before becoming eligible for parole. The legislation also requires the Kentucky Medicaid program to pay for substance-abuse treatment.
According to Stine, the increasing heroin problem is having a major impact on courts and emergency rooms in parts of the commonwealth, especially in the northern part of the state.