This time of year, you might be thinking about what sort of gift or tip you'd like to offer your child's teacher for Christmas.
In Alabama, they won't let you get away with that kind of illegal behavior.
Alabama's new ethics law, which took effect in March, bans nearly all gifts to government workers â€” not just elected officials, but all state, county and municipal employees. That includes schoolteachers, as a lengthy opinion from the state ethics commission makes clear.
Danville City Commission accepted the resignation of Police Chief Jay Newell on Monday. Newell, who served as chief of the department for four years, was granted voluntary reassignment to his previous position as a patrol officer. He cited personal health concerns as the primary reason for the decision.
Local school officials around Kentucky will soon find out how much money they stand to lose in a $57.5 million shortfall to state education funding.Â Education Commissioner Terry Holliday told superintendents in an email Friday that the Kentucky Department of Education would announce mid-year cuts later this month.
Critics of Kentuckyâ€™s child welfare system say the recent release of over 80 child abuse records by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is just the beginning.Â The child welfare system was at its best when the Cabinet for Families and Children was separate from the Cabinet for Health Services, said Anita Barbee, professor at University of Louisvilleâ€™s Kent School of Social Work. She has also consulted with the cabinet for 20 years.
Transportation officials say they expect the first load of steel reinforcements to arrive next week for installation on the Sherman Minton Bridge.Â The bridge has been shut down since early September, when inspectors discovered a crack in a load-bearing support beam.
Â University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto told the UK Board of Trustees today that the university has launched negotiations with a Memphis-based company that could take over revitalization and expansion of the school's dorm operations. A Student Housing Developer Selection Committee has suggested that UK weigh the benefits of turning over the school's 6000-bed student housing system to a private company called Education Realty Trust. The announcement has raised a few eyebrows, including a few at the Wall Street Journal, which reported today that UK is one of the biggest schools in the country to consider privatizing its housing system and a successful move in that direction could spark a national trend.
In addition to announcing he won't support state funding for Rupp Arena's renovation or replacement, University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto also says he intends to hire professional consultants to examine questions of efficiency at UK.
FRANKFORT - Ignoring overcast skies and chilly temperatures, Gov. Steve Beshear shared his vision for tomorrow with Kentuckians during his inaugural speech Tuesday afternoon on the Capitolâ€™s steps.Â Beshear became only the second Kentucky governor in modern times to serve consecutive terms. Paul Patton was the first.