The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Community Based Services, which provides various welfare services like foster care and child protection, is stepping down amid growing criticism about the department’s handling of child abuse cases. Patricia Wilson submitted her resignation last Friday; officials for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services say it was a personal decision.
The Lexington firefighters' union has lost a court battle with the Urban County Government over changes to the health care plan for city employees. The Lexington firefighters' union had requested an injunction that would have prohibited the local government from instituting the new policy, which the union claimed violated collective bargaining agreements. City workers have expressed frustration with rate increases in the city's health plans for 2012. But Mayor Jim Gray says it's important that the city move ahead with some tough choices.
At the end of this month, a payroll tax cut is set to expire that the White House says would result in a tax increase of about $1,000 per year on most middle-class families. The benefit is popular with the American people, which may be one reason President Obama has been relentlessly promoting it.
The president argues that extending the payroll tax "holiday" through 2012 is vital to the economy. Republicans in Congress are divided over that, but they strongly disagree with the president's plan to pay for it with a surtax on millionaires.
Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced 18 new Land and Water Conservation Fund project grants to help enhance tourism across Kentucky. The Department for Local Government will administer the funds, totaling $558,537 to project awardees.
Some of Deedy Whittamore's fourth and fifth-grade class members at Holy Trinity Lutheran School hold up some Made in America items Friday that they found as part of their recent discussions about the farming out of manufacturing and packaging jobs.
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If you’re thinking of joining the call to “Buy American” in an effort to save jobs, there are plenty of interesting items available for purchase that are made in southcentral Kentucky. Take a look around - you can buy a Corvette, art, artisan cheese at Kenny’s Country Cheese, Sun Products detergents and many other items that are produced locally. But the challenge wasn’t so easy for a group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Holy Trinity Lutheran School, whose tastes run more toward electronics. The group set out looking for items made in America after they found so few of them on a fall trip to Mammoth Cave National Park.
Charles Stewart stands by his toy soldier collection of Elizabeth II's wedding day that is on display on the third floor at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.
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Charles Stewart used to store 3,200 years of military history on the shelves in his Frankfort bedroom, attic and garage. His collection of 10,000 toy soldiers represents battles from ancient Egypt to the Gulf War, and it will soon become a permanent fixture at the Frasier History Museum in Louisville.
Caitlin J. Halligan, then a lawyer for New York State, and attorney David Boies spoke in the Court of Appeals in Albany in 2005. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans blocked Halligan's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
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Senate Republicans have blocked the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. A Senate majority of 54 voted to break the filibuster, but that number falls short of the 60 votes needed under Senate rules.
Although Halligan won bipartisan praise from legal and law enforcement groups, Republicans portrayed her as a left-wing activist for positions she took while representing the state of New York as its chief appellate lawyer.
Alan Heathcock is the author of the collection Volt.
Last week, my wife suggested we have a dance floor installed in our family room. She was smiling ear-to-ear, wiping sweat from her eyes. Behind her, our three kids took turns showing off their moves as Michael Jackson's P.Y.T. blared over the speakers.