The incumbent with a well known political lineage, an outspoken Lexington government official, and a Libertarian with computer skills are vying to be Kentucky’s next treasurer. The three made their positions known last night on Kentucky Educational Television. One of the responsibilities of the state treasurer is to return unclaimed property to taxpayers. The office has long published lists on-line of such misplaced funds and property. But GOP candidate K.C. Crosby claims returning those assets to the rightful owners still takes too long.
Parts of the U.S. are seeing a drop-off in vaccination rates among young children. The falling rates don't necessarily track with poverty or other poor public health trends; in fact, a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report flagged the poorest rates of kindergarten vaccination in relatively prosperous states, like Washington and Oregon.
The UCLA professor and contracted expert on student assignment said it’s possible for Jefferson County Public Schools to create diverse schools with less transportation by next fall. “Well I think the longest ride times would be less than half the longest ride times now. That’s my guess,” Dr. Gary Orfield told the JCPS school board.
State officials say this evening’s commute from Louisville to Indiana was not as bad as they expected in the wake of the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. Chuck Wolfe of the Kentucky Department of Transportation watched the commute via traffic cameras in MetroSafe. “Well, from what we can see on the Trimark cameras, traffic is moving so well that frankly it’s surprising,” he said.
Two years ago, Adair County native Dakota L. Meyer had just gone through a hell he had not expected to survive. On Sept. 8, 2009, in a narrow valley in mountainous northeastern Afghanistan, Meyer, then a 21-year-old corporal in the Marine Corps, repeatedly charged through murderous enemy fire to rescue other Marines and U.S. and Afghan soldiers who had been ambushed by Taliban fighters. Meyer's efforts in the six-hour battle saved the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers. For those actions, President Barack Obama will present Meyer with the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, in a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
Federal watchdogs say the U.S. Marshals Service needs to do a better job of valuing and selling assets tied to fraudsters and organized crime figures.
The Justice Department's inspector general has found poor oversight and problems with record keeping that could be costing taxpayers money.
The Marshals Service has managed investments, homes and jewelry tied to many prominent criminals over the past five years. The prominent felons include Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff and organized crime figure James Galante.
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will be asked Tuesday to approve a graduate assistant job in the athletics department for Kirby Willoughby, the daughter of UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. UK has an anti-nepotism policy that says no relatives of its administrative leadership team can be employed in a position within the officer's administrative area. However, the director of athletics is not among the positions specifically listed in the policy, which covers the provost, associate provosts, executive vice presidents, vice presidents and associate vice presidents.
Many Northern Kentucky legislators haven't decided whether to support the latest bills for expanded gambling, but they said they hope the next legislative session will lead to a resolution. A bill, pre-filed last week by state Rep. Mike Nemes, R-Louisville, would allow voters statewide to decide in November 2012 whether they want to amend the state constitution to make expanded gambling legal. If the amendment passes, another bill filed by Nemes would allow each county to decide through a local ballot issue whether to allow expanded gambling.
"A motorcyclist who was dragged beneath a car Monday in Logan [Utah] was rescued by bystanders who helped police lift the burning car and pull the man out from under the wreckage," The Salt Lake Tribune writes.
It adds that the 21-year-old man, Brandon Wright, "was reported to be in critical condition Monday night."
It adds that this is "the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 — the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published."