If you are one of the ever-dwindling homes with a traditional land telephone line, you may have to start looking for an alternative. Senate Bill 135, also referred to as the "AT&T Bill," is scheduled to come up before the Senate next week and appears to have the needed support. Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville), the sponsor of the bill, said he has worked closely with the Public Service Commission to make sure its officials agree with the bill and that the residents of the commonwealth will continue to have adequate phone service.
Budget cuts proposed by Gov. Steve Beshear would stunt growth at Northern Kentucky University and in the surrounding job market, the university’s leadership told lawmakers Tuesday. But state legislators appeared pessimistic about finding funding in the two-year budget the General Assembly must pass this year. Beshear’s proposed budget would cut state funding to public universities by 6.4 percent, which equals $3.2 million for NKU on top of $6 million worth of cuts from the previous six years.
A dozen universities and colleges in central and eastern Kentucky have strengthened their partnership. During a signing ceremony today, they created the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium. Among them are Morehead State, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. EKU President Doug Whitlock says the agreement remove many of the barriers that separate these institutions.
By Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader & Bill Estep, Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentuckians could buy far less of most cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine without a prescription under a revised anti-methamphetamine bill introduced Tuesday in the state Senate. The sponsor of SB 3, Senate Majority Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the legislation was an alternative to SB 50, a measure he withdrew last week. It would have required a prescription for most cold medicines.
Mitt Romney's campaign isn't about to stop citing Rick Santorum's robocalls to Michigan Democrats, as the former Massachusetts governor continues to try to stoke a backlash against his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
A member of Lexington’s council wants to end the practice of sending checks to city employees with unused sick time. Workers can only accumulate 600 hours of sick time. Once they hit that mark, member George Meyers says they start getting checks. “Every year after that the government writes you a check for the balance of your sick time for that year. You have to keep the 600 banked, but then, you’ve got that done, that next year, whatever hours you accrue, you get a check written for it, cash money,” said Meyers.