Frankfort, Kentucky – More than 200 college and university students from across Kentucky are calling on State lawmakers to support higher education. The students, and university personnel who accompanied them, arrived in Frankfort just hours after the State Senate passed their version of a new budget. State Senator Brett Guthrie of Bowling Green says the budget is tight, but he believes lawmakers are showing a commitment to preserving adequate funding for education.
Washington D.C. – Senator Jim Bunning and California Senator Barbara Boxer are expected to introduce legislation that would allow cargo pilots to carry arms. Although such pilots were originally included in the Federal Flight Deck Officer program passed by the Senate and House last year, the final version included in the Homeland Security Act removed them. This legislation, the "Arming cargo Pilots Against Terrorism Act", is expected to address that change.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell has returned to Capitol Hill, following coronary artery by-pass surgery. The Louisville Republican has been recovering at his Washington, D.C. home since he underwent the surgery on February third. Surgeons at the National Naval Medical Center indicated after the operation that they were pleased with McConnell's recovery.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House of Representatives have approved House Bill 27, which would require the General Assembly to stay in session until a state budget in enacted. The proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would extend the legislative session in even-numbered years beyond 60 days if no budget had been passed by that point.
The measure passed 97 to 1, and now moves to the Senate. A three-fifths majority is required in each chamber before a constitutional amendment is submitted to the voters.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Residents in northern Warren County are no longer under a water shortage emergency. Workers have been able to make headway on fixing a 16 inch water main on the Barren River that was damaged by a barge accident Sunday. The broken main caused the area's water storage level to plummet, resulting in calls for water conservation. The Warren County Water District says repairs on the broken main will continue, but don't have any time estimates on when the final repairs will be complete.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – An explosion at a Knox County plant this morning has left two workers unaccounted for and at least 22 others injured. The blast at C.T A Acoustics occurred shortly after 8:00 AM eastern time. A spokesman with the state's Division of Emergency Management says the fire at the plastics factory has released an unknown chemical. Knox, Whitley, and Laurel county firefighters are battling the blaze.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House has passed a budget bill that protects funding for public schools. But, the measure calls for 2.6% cuts for other state agencies. The 2.6% cuts would apply to both 2003 and 2004. The measure approved by the House would protect funding for elementary and secondary education, justice programs, jails, prisons, and human service programs.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – A spokesman for the Kentucky Teacher Retirement System says many educators who plan to retire after 27 years should consider working a little longer. Member Services Director Bill Leach says rising health insurance costs and uncertainty about the future cost of living could make it more difficult to predict adequate retirement income levels. Leach says many teachers in the state have the mistaken impression that they will receive their maximum retirement benefit after 27 years of service.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Warren County Water District service area north of the Barren River is under a water shortage emergency following a barge accident. A 16 inch water main crossing the Barren River was ruptured over the weekend when the barge broke loose and slammed into the water main. Residents north of the Barren River are being urged to practice conservation in all use of their water. Non-essential water use for things such as car washing, driveway or pavement washing, and refilling of air conditioning cooling towers is being restricted.
Somerset, Kentucky – Authorities are investigating a plane crash in Pulaski County that killed three people. A twin-engine aircraft with seven people aboard crashed last night on approach to the Somerset airport, killling the pilot, co-pilot, and a child. State police say an injured woman is reported in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville. Three other children escaped with non-life threatening injuries.