A panel appointed by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to recommend tax reforms is considering a proposal that would result in more retirees having their pensions taxed. Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform, says members may recommend tweaking a policy that exempts annual pensions of $41,100 or less from taxes.
Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is selling cars at a Chevrolet dealership in Manchester, his first job after eight years as state agriculture commissioner. Tim Short, owner of Tim Short Chevrolet, said Thursday was the first day on the job for the former UK sports icon who used his athletic celebrity as a springboard into state politics.
Less combat means more school for soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division as the Army's only helicopter-based assault force intensifies training for the kind of fast air-led deployment of troops and equipment that helped launch the Iraq war.
A report released by Kentucky’s Justice and Public Safety Secretary concludes the office of constable is outdated and no longer relevant for law enforcement in the Commonwealth. The report ordered by Secretary J. Michael Brown cited several high-profile incidents involving constables over the past year. The report compiled by the Department of Criminal Justice Training also found that the office poses potential liabilities for counties.
A statewide telethon hosted by Kentucky coach John Calipari for victims of Superstorm Sandy has raised $500,000. Part of the event on Wednesday was broadcast on WKYT-TV and featured Kentucky players taking phone calls and donations. Terry Burkhart, who is Bluegrass Region of the American Red Cross CEO, called it "an amazing night of support."
Kentucky's Justice and Public Safety Secretary, J.Michael Brown, is expected to release a new report on the office of constable Thursday morning. At issue is the question of whether the office of constable serves a relevant law enforcement function in contemporary settings in Kentucky.
The Courier-Journal and AP are reporting that Dixie Highway, which has been closed for a week in southwest Louisville because of a disastrous train derailment and chemical fire, will reopen by 6 a.m Tuesday, officials said at a Monday morning press conference.
A pair of Iraqi nationals who pleaded guilty to conspiring to send weapons, cash and explosives to al-Qaida in Iraq will be sentenced together in January. U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell has delayed the sentencing of 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan and co-defendant, 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi from Dec. 5 to Jan. 3 in federal court in Bowling Green.
The remains of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War in 1950 have been identified and are returning to Kentucky to be interred. Sgt. Stanley Wayne Bear was almost 19 years old when he died Sept. 4, 1950, in South Korea as a member of the 25th Infantry Division.