Daviess County

Owensboro and Daviess County law enforcement agencies report a drop in attempts to sell synthetic marijuana by stores since the passage of a state law banning the product. However, both Owensboro Police and Daviess County Sheriff's officials are now concerned that the fake pot is being sold by individuals who bought the product before the law began in April.

A Daviess County leader says he hopes the counties in his region will soon be included in some sort of coal tax college scholarship program. The scholarship fund announced this week by Governor Beshear includes nine counties in eastern Kentucky. While not criticizing the Governor's plan, Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told WKU Public Radio a college scholarship program paid for by coal severance tax dollars could greatly benefit his and other coal-producing western counties, like Henderson, Webster, and Hopkins.

Gordon Wilkerson, OMHS

A medical team in Owensboro is preparing to use a robotic surgical unit to perform a single-incision gall bladder removal. Friday's procedure at Owensboro Medical Health System will use a device known as the da Vinci Surgical System, which has been in use there since 2009.

Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says a 1% tax increase on hotel rooms in the county is needed to support the new downtown convention center. Mattingly told Daviess County Fiscal Court members that unless the slight tax increase is enacted, city taxpayers would have to foot the cost of running the new convention center when it opens next year.

Daviess County Fiscal Court’s next proposed budget has no plans for borrowing money or tax increases. The $74.1 million spending blueprint unveiled this week also calls for county employees to receive 1.5% raises.The Messenger-Inquirer reports Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says he wants county employees to receive a 2% raise.

Money to repaint Owensboro’s Glover H. Cary bridge is still included in the state’s two-year road plan. The $3.5 billion  plan passed the Senate Transportation Committee this week and is expected to clear the full Senate by Friday.

Daviess County's Judge-Executive says he's pleased with federal lawmakers' responses so far to the idea of creating a new interstate highway across western Kentucky and southern Indiana. Al Mattingly and other political and business leaders from the region this week went to Washington DC to lobby lawmakers for funding for the proposed I-67, a four-lane interstate running from Washington, Indiana through Owensboro and continuing to Bowling Green, where it would connect with I-65.

The two-year transportation budget passed by the Kentucky House Friday includes money to repaint the Glover H. Cary Bridge that connects Owensboro to southern Indiana. Daviess County Representative Tommy Thompson confirmed to WKU Public Radio this morning that the roads plan that passed the House contains $8.5 million for the bridge paint job, which is half the amount needed for the project.

The Kentucky Department of Insurance Emergency Response Team will be in Daviess and Union Counties on Monday to answer questions about the insurance claims process for those who suffered recent storm damage.

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