Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times en Lawmakers Prepare for Special Session <p><a href="">Fifth District Rep. Melvin Henley</a> and First District Sen. Ken Winters will remain in Frankfort for another week of legislative duty following Gov. Steve Beshear&rsquo;s call for a special session. Lawmakers adjourned the 2012 regular session without funding a $4.5 billion transportation bill and a bill imposing new regulations on prescription drugs that was left in limbo. Taxpayers will reportedly be stuck with a $300,000 bill to fund another week of legislative action. Henley said he has become used to returning to Frankfort for special sessions during his four terms. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:26:22 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times 24932 at Schools Notified of Budget Cuts <p><a href="">Officials with the Murray Independent School District</a> and the Calloway County Schools say they are not happy with a 2 percent budget cut for the current school year and plans for an additional cut for 2012-13. Murray Superintendent Bob Rogers said he was notified by Kentucky Department of Education officials about a mid-year reduction in state funding of $157,294. In a release to superintendents across the state, KDE officials reported receiving notification from Mary E. Lassiter, state budget director, that a mid-year budget cut will be necessary. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:10:09 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times & Angie Hatton, Murray Ledger & Times 18477 at Compromise Sought with Amish on Buggy Safety <p><a href="">First District Sen. Ken Winters</a> is hoping to help in a Graves County dispute over requiring Amish residents to display a florescent triangle on buggies contrary to their religious beliefs. Winters, R-Murray, says he has asked his staff to review how laws in other states deal with highway safety concerning buggies. Kentucky law requires display of driver-alert signage such as a yellow-orange triangle with a reflective border that is dark red. Several Amish residents of Graves County have been ordered to jail for refusal to post the signage because they consider the colors a violation of religious beliefs, according to news reports. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:16:12 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times 12791 at Hubbard Files Letter of Intent for Senate <p><a href="">Former state senator and U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard</a> has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Board of Elections to run for the First District Kentucky Senate seat now held by Sen. Ken Winters. Hubbard, D-Mayfield, challenged Winters, R-Murray, for the seat in 2008. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:42:16 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times 11584 at Murray Schools to be Tobacco-Free <p><a href="">Murray Independent Schools will be completely tobacco-free </a>following a decision by board members at during a special-called session. The new policy bans all tobacco use on school grounds beginning Jan. 1. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:11:56 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times 9341 at 131st Fancy Farm Picnic Approaches <p><a href="">The 131st annual Fancy Farm Picnic is coming up </a>Saturday, Aug. 6 with a full slate of candidates running for office in Kentucky scheduled to speak. Mark Wilson, political chairman for the event at St. Jerome Catholic Church, says he expects close to 100 percent participation among the Commonwealth&rsquo;s Washington delegation as well as among candidates running for state offices in the November General election set for Nov. 1. Thu, 07 Jul 2011 17:50:36 +0000 Tom Berry, Murray Ledger & Times 8073 at