Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear's office Tuesday morning, citing concerns over the project's impact on the state's environment and asking the governor to block it.
Roughly 40 activists led by religious groups from across the state delivered the petition to Debi Gall, a secretary in Beshear's office in the Capitol building. They spoke about the harm that the project, sought by Oklahoma-based pipeline company Williams, would cause on the Earth, which they referred to a gift from God.
"For too long, too many of us have stepped aside, looked the other way and allowed powerful, profit-motivated corporations to dictate to us how our environment is going to be treated," said David Whitlock, a pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church.
An independent Kentucky panel in charge of reviewing child abuse cases is requesting over $400,000 from the state’s budget to perform its duties.
The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created following criticism of accountability in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which handles child abuse cases.
Retired judge Roger Crittenden is chair of the panel. He says the group is made up of volunteers who review scores of cases, and the funds would be used for staff.
“There’s some staff members that include legal services and other analysts, to provide people that will take the data, take the files that we’re looking at...take what we’ve suggested and then make some sort of analysis.”
The panel’s first annual report is due in December. Crittenden says members have praised the cabinet’s actions in some child abuse cases while criticizing slow response times in others. He says most files seem to lack organization, making the children’s stories hard to follow.
A panel created by the governor to review child deaths and severe abuse cases plans to ask lawmakers for $420,000 to help it reach its goal.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review panel chairman Roger Crittenden told the group during its meeting Monday in Frankfort that that the $420,000 would be used staff members and other overhead costs.
The panel has been tasked with reviewing case files of children who died or nearly died from abuse or neglect and making recommendations to improve the state's child protection system. It was not designated any funding.
Although the panel has met for a year, it has struggled to review files and develop a system to analyze and capture data that would lead to improvements.
Five historic sites across Kentucky have been added to the sprawling Lincoln Heritage Trail. Director Warren Greer says the new sites include the Lincoln National Scenic Byway, the Joseph Holt Home in Breckenridge County and a Lincoln memorial in Louisville.
The Heritage Trail was re-instated in 2008 and Greer says Hodgenville continues to draw more visitors than others.
“By far the birthplace is the most-visited site. They have well over 100,000 visitors a year. That’s the real draw to Kentucky,” said Greer. “The other sites get quite a bit of visitation too. In Lexington you have the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland you have the Henry Clay Estate.”
Greer says 300,000 visitors check out Lincoln historic sites every year in Kentucky. There are now a total of 19 sites on the Lincoln Heritage Trail.