Kentucky utilities may soon need to comply with tighter air regulations. Republican Senator Rand Paul Thursday failed in his effort to defeat new clean air standards. The Environmental Protection Agency says coal fired power plants in Kentucky and twenty six other states spread particulates that cause asthma and premature deaths. Senator Paul attempted to block the EPA implementation of new clean air standards but his effort was defeated 41 – 56. Six fellow Republicans opposed the measure.
Penal reform in Kentucky has levied an unexpected cost. As predicted, the state is saving money by moving more non-violent offenders out of state prisons. However, many of those costs may be paid by local governments. House Bill 463, approved by the legislature this year, seeks to drastically cut state costs. It does so by reducing the number of people housed in state prison by diverting many into drug treatment. Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson, who opposed the legislation, believes state lawmakers didn’t fully consider the consequences of the law.
Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has declared Thursday November 10th, 2011 Len Press Day to honor the founding director of Kentucky Educational Television on this, his 90th birthday. "Len Press has done so much for our city and for our state. His contribution in the establishment and the creation, he was right there at the beginning of Kentucky Educational Television. And, what a lifetime of achievement that represents alone. Kentucky without Len Press just would not be Kentucky."
Cain accuser and longtime government employee Karen Kraushaar once worked as a spokesperson for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. She offered a statement after meeting with the Miami family of Elian Gonzalez in March of 2000.
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Karen Kraushaar, who received a 1999 settlement in a workplace sexual harassment complaint against Herman Cain, has decided not to hold a joint press conference with three other women who have also alleged past harassment by the GOP presidential candidate, her attorney said Thursday afternoon.
Only Sharon Bialek, who held a press conference this week to allege that Cain made an inappropriate sexual advance when she met with him to seek help finding a job, had agreed to participate.
She is being represented by well-known lawyer, Gloria Allred.
Come Thanksgiving, cooks tend to go rummaging in the drawer to dig out the food thermometer; it may be the day we feel most compelled to deploy the slender little probe to keep the killer microbes at bay.
A final decision on building a new oil pipeline to connect Alberta, Canada, to U.S. refineries near the Gulf of Mexico will not be made until after the 2012 presidential election, the State Department said Thursday.
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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) was one of the bill's sponsors.
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A Senate vote along party lines rejected a Republican proposal to overturn Federal Communications Commission rules that prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against similar websites or content providers.
The net neutrality rules, as they are called, were passed in December and the House passed a bill overturning the rules in April. Today, the Senate rejected the measure, ending the challenge. Reuters reports:
One of the strongest storms to hit western Alaska in almost 40 years tore through several coastal communities Wednesday, tearing up roofs and leaving many residents without power. Winds as high as 89 mph were recorded in some places, and flooding was a concern for many villages already soaked by rain.
The city of Lexington plans to close a more than 30 year old landfill by the end year. Division of Environmental Policy spokesman Mark York says there is simply no more room in the Haley Pike landfill. "That was actually the site of a city municipal landfill for years and we stopped sending city trash there back in 1995. And since 1995 we've only allowed construction and demolition debris material to be put in the landfill there."