Bowling Green, Kentucky – Vicky Baker of Morgantown, Kentucky has entered a guilty plea to five felony counts of misapplying funds on deposit at the Morgantown Bank and Trust. The combined maximum penalties for the offenses to which Baker pled guilty total up to 180 years imprisonment and fines of up to six million dollars.
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.