The majority of the state's public universities are not following the University of Kentucky's lead in laying off a large number of employees to balance the budget. UK announced this week that 140 employees will be laid off and 160 unfilled positions will be eliminated.

Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center

A ground-breaking ceremony was held today in Grayson County, for the Walter T. Kelley Campus Building. The 11,500 square foot facility will be used to expand postsecondary education opportunities for students in the area.

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner has been given a four-year contract extension. The state board of education unanimously agreed to award the extension to Terry Holliday, who has been on the job since 2009. The new deal covers the years of 2013 to 2017, and keeps Holliday’s annual salary at $225,000.

A busy schedule won’t keep Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen from digging into school board funding. Edelen is currently planning audits into special taxing districts and Medicaid managed care. His office is also required to do hundreds of audits of local and state government agencies. But Edelen says he’ll keep his campaign pledge to look at school funding. And that could include a review of the state’s public universities, too.

The planet Venus will pass in front of the sun late Tuesday, in an event that won't happen again for 105 years. A special educational activity is planned at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium to provide a safe way for people of all ages to view and learn more about the event.

A key committee of the WKU Board of Regents has given approval to a new budget for 2012-2013. Meeting in the Cornelius Martin Regents Room on the WKU Campus, members of the Finance and Budget Committee approved a $388 million budget, which includes a 2% pay raise for faculty and staff.

WKU President Gary Ransdell has sent all faculty and staff an email containing the school’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The WKU Board of Regents Budget and Finance Committee will debate the $388 million blueprint at a meeting Friday morning, with a vote before the full Board scheduled for June 22nd.

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.

Some county officials in Kentucky are criticizing Governor Steve Beshear's authorization of more than $4 million from coal tax revenue to provide college scholarships to students from nine eastern Kentucky counties over the next two years.

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has finished fourth in the Overall Intercollegiate Championship in the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. WKU has ranked among the top eight nationally for 19 consecutive years and won the overall title in 2005, 2001 and 2000.