It was only a month ago that an outbreak of tornadoes barreled through Kentucky and killed 24 people. Only a month, but sometimes, for Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield, it seems as if more like six months have passed. So much has happened on the way to recovery, and so much more remains to be done, Westerfield said.
By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader & Beth Musgrave, Lexington Herald Leader
State lawmakers will face a heavy workload when they return to Frankfort April 12 to end Kentucky's 2012 General Assembly. Their biggest jobs will be to consider any vetoes issued by Gov. Beshear and to decide what to do with legislation that was left hanging when they left Frankfort Friday night. High on that list are two measures pushed by House Speaker Greg Stumbo: an anti-drug bill to regulate pain-management clinics in hopes of curbing prescription drug abuse, and a bill to set up a scholarship program for students in coal-producing counties.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are performing maintenance work on the remaining spans of Eggners Ferry Bridge. A construction project will soon begin to replace the 322-foot span knocked out by a cargo vessel on Jan. 26. State spokesman Keith Todd said a date has not been set for the start of construction. Engineers are finalizing plans required for fabrication of steel for the new span. Hall Contracting plans to run a crew of about 40 around the clock to meet the May 27 deadline.
In Britain, scandal has plagued the Murdoch family and its News Corp. media conglomerate. And today, another blow. Under pressure, Rupert Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, is stepping down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting, also known as BSkyB. This occurs against the backdrop, of course, of the phone hacking and police bribery scandal that has focused heavily on two Murdoch tabloid newspapers. NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik has been covering all of this and he joins us now to sort this out. Good morning, David.
Two fraternities at Murray State University will face hearings within the next few weeks before the university’s Interfraternal Council Judicial Board to determine what sanctions the organizations might face for incidents that occurred at parties earlier this month. The MSU chapters of both Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Gamma Rho remain on suspension from hosting social activities, said Mike Young, assistant vice president of student affairs.
And that brings us to our last word in business, flying cars. Finally, they're here. Well, almost here. We're not exactly in Jetsons' territory quite yet. But a company in Massachusetts says its prototype flying car, called the Transition, completed its first flight and will be ready for sale within the next year.
The two-seat vehicle soared to 1,400 feet in its maiden voyage. The car - can we call it that - is expected to cost $279,000, and 100 buyers have already plunked down their deposits.
U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis called for congressional candidate Thomas Massie to pull his first campaign television ad because it used one of Davis’ floor speeches without permission of the congressman. Massie has not pulled the ad but said he will listen to suggestions from Davis on how to improve the ad. Massie serves as the Lewis County judge-executive and is one of seven Republicans vying to replace the retiring Davis in the Fourth Congressional District.
Twenty-six Courier-Journal employees will take buyouts from the paper’s parent company Gannett. Gannett offered the buyouts earlier this year to employees over 56-years-old and with at least 20 years of service to the company. Eighteen of the employees who accepted the buyouts came from the Courier’s news department. The buyouts reduce the paper’s editorial page staff to one: Pam Platt will remain. Only one news employee will be replaced, marking another reduction in the paper’s reporting staff.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A public celebration for the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats is planned for Tuesday afternoon at Rupp Arena. Hundreds of the Big Blue faithful lined up outside Rupp Arena in the early hours Tuesday to get the free tickets for the celebration. The Wildcats' plane is scheduled to touch down at Blue Grass Airport at around 3 p.m.