Two months from today, Kentuckians choose their next governor. A pair of candidates stood together Wednesday during a higher education event in Frankfort. Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear believes his lead in the polls is a ‘reflection of how he’s tried to lead’.
When the history of education in the Commonwealth was recounted today during a conference at Eastern Kentucky University, former-Governor Paul Patton was repeatedly cited. The Patton Administration was credited by historians with reforming the state’s system of education. Referring to statistics released yesterday, Patton told attendees the pace of progress in Kentucky is faster than most other states.
"In a win for the Obama administration, a federal appeals court in Virginia today tossed out two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the sweeping law overhauling the health care system," our colleague Scott Hensley writes over at the Shots blog.
The seemingly unbroken run of news this year about earthquakes, floods and wildfires will prompt lots of discussion about how and where houses get built, in hopes of making them safer.
But chances are that few regulatory changes will actually occur.
Rewriting the codes that regulate building practices is a long, drawn-out process that encounters push-back every step of the way from home builders and other property-rights advocates, because of their concern about the impact on the cost of construction.
Joining fellow members of Congress, U.S. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is eager to hear President Barack Obama’s jobs plan Thursday night, which could entail at least $300 billion in tax cuts and federal aid to local communities. The proposal is being called “The American Jobs Act” and includes a two percent payroll tax cut, extending unemployment benefits and spending $100 billion on infrastructure projects. It is expected Mr. Obama will put an emphasis on states hit hardest by the recession and cities still dealing with a sluggish economy.
The Louisville Orchestra’s season is another month shorter. Concerts for November will not be held as the musicians and management continue to negotiate a contract for the season, which was scheduled to begin Saturday. September and October concerts were previously canceled due to an impasse in the talks.
If you want to avoid the sneezing, fever, and body aches associated with the flu, doctors say now would be a good time to get a flu shot. The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Thursday that it is once again offering flu shots at the Public Health Clinic North on Newtown Circle. The vaccine is recommended for people ages 6 months and older.
Ever since President Reagan's 1982 State of the Union, part of the story of presidential addresses to Congress has been who gets invited to sit with the first lady in the gallery.
Reagan's A-list guest was Lenny Skutnik, who two weeks earlier was among the heroes who helped pull people from the icy waters of the Potomac River after an Air Florida jet crashed shortly following takeoff from National Airport (now known as Reagan National Airport).