State Auditor Adam Edelen is recommending improvements to cyber security at the Kentucky Retirement Systems.
Edelen released findings from an annual review on Wednesday and made several recommendations for fiscal improvements, including more closely monitoring contracts with outside companies.
But one of the more eye-catching recommendations involved weaknesses in cyber security. In particular, Edelen said his staff discovered that former Kentucky Retirement Systems employees still had access to software systems containing sensitive and confidential information.
The review also found accounting weaknesses and inadequate segregation of duties among key financial staffers.
A meeting where members of the public can sound off about a requested rate increase by Big Rivers Electric Corporation has been rescheduled.
A meeting was to be held Dec. 10 in Henderson, but was called off due to bad weather. The new date is Monday, December 16, in the Stagg Meeting Room at Henderson Community College, beginning at 5 pm.
The meeting will include a presentation by staff with the Kentucky Public Service Commission about the proposed rate increase by Big Rivers, the biggest power supplier in the region. Earlier this year the PSC granted a rate increase of $54 million by Big Rivers after the loss of its biggest customer, Century Aluminum of Hawesville.
Public comments will begin no later than 6 pm.
A second public meeting will be held in Frankfort on January 8, and will be linked through video conference to sites in Brandenburg, Owensboro, and Paducah.
The Supreme Court is considering whether to give a new sentencing hearing to a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky. The justices heard arguments Wednesday over Robert Keith Woodall `s death sentence.
Woodall pleaded guilty to kidnapping Sarah Hansen on Jan. 25, 1997, from a convenience store in western Kentucky. Woodall acknowledged that he raped the girl and slit her throat twice before taking her body to Luzerne Lake and throwing it in the water.
A federal appeals court threw out his death sentence because a judge refused to tell the jury not to draw any conclusions about his choice not to take the stand at his 1998 capital sentencing hearing.
Justices are expected to make a decision sometime next year.
Republican Suzanne Miles claimed victory in a special election in Kentucky’s 7th House District Tuesday night.
Miles, an Owensboro field representative for GOP Congressman Brett Guthrie, tallied 3,548 votes in her race against Democrat Kim Humphrey, community affairs director for Alliance Coal. Humphrey amassed 3,436 votes.
Humphrey did not concede the race Tuesday night and the chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party says a re-canvass will be requested.
The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner. The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.
Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father. The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.
“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon. “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today. Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”
The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city.