Frankfort, Kentucky – Despite negative comments about the idea from House and Senate leaders, Governor Patton is proceeding with a proposed budget based on a tax increase of 570 million dollars. The Governor has indicated that corporations would be targeted for much of the increase. House and Senate leaders say they prefer to reduce the budget at this point.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Kentucky Department of Vocational Rehabilitation is holding a series of public hearings for comments on the services it provides to people with disabilities. Program Administrator Allison Jesse says the hearings began in Western Kentucky last week and will continue through January 31st. A public hearing has been scheduled for Somerset on January 28th at the Comfort Inn.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The City of Bowling Green has moved up a notch in its fire protection rating. Chief of the Bowling Green Fire Department, Gary Brown, says results from the Insurance Services Office of Inspections places Bowling Green in the top three and a half percent of the nation for its ability to respond to fires.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Bowling Green based health care providers are doing their part to help address the needs of the working poor. The Executive Director of the Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, Carla Reagan, says more volunteers are needed. The working poor are defined as those residents of South Central Kentucky who are employed but do not have the means to pay for their medical expenses due to a lack of health insurance and do not receive any form of social assistance.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University has received a major gift for a new academic-athletic performance center. The anonymous donation of more than $1.5 million was announced Thursday by University President Gary Ransdell. Ransdell says the new facility will be accessible to all twenty intercollegiate programs at Western.