Perhaps the most important policy statement made by a legislative body is the budget it passes. And, members of Lexington’s Urban County Council appear eager to be more involved when a city budget is written. It’s been a recurring idea at city hall. When she campaigned for vice mayor, Linda Gorton promised more collaboration between the mayor’s office and the council when a city budget is written.
Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation law on illegal immigration went into effect Thursday, a day after a federal judge upheld some of its key provisions, but the court battle over the issue appears far from over.
State law enforcement can now question and detain without bond people they suspect may be in the country illegally, and public schools are required to verify students' immigration status.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry rocketed to the top of the field after he jumped in the race for the GOP nomination for president last month.
His early rise in the polls was based on what Republican voters thought they knew about him. But the debates gave Republicans a chance to see Perry in action — and the normally aggressive Texas governor has been forced into the uncomfortable position of defense.
The commuter ferry transporting residents between Southern Indiana and Louisville will shut down soon if more riders don’t take advantage of the $1 rides. The 300 passenger steamboat will operate as a ferry for at least two more weeks, said Linda Harris, CEO of the Spirit of Jefferson. At that point, Harris will decide whether to continue the service. She expects to make her decision after the Sherman Minton Bridge is fully inspected, she said.
The changing colors of leaves don’t just signal the onset of fall. They’re mark the beginning of flu season in Kentucky. State health officials are urging everyone over six months of age to get vaccinated this fall. State epidemiologist Kraig Humbaugh says there is no reported case of flu yet in Kentucky. That is likely to change in the coming weeks. The H1-N1 flu pandemic a couple of years ago resulted in thousands of deaths worldwide. Humbaugh says H1-N1 is expected back this year, but flu shots offer protection against the virus.
The state of California will begin shifting responsibility Saturday for tens of thousands of prisoners to local officials. The unprecedented change is under way because the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the state to reduce its dangerously overcrowded prisons.
County officials have had just months to plan for the influx of prisoners and parolees into their communities. Of all the prisoners and parolees leaving the state's system, the bulk are headed to Los Angeles County. Los Angeles is expecting to have to deal with 15,000 additional criminals.
Laws governing livestock within city limits will undergo a review by Lexington officials. The review is the result of reports that a horse has taken up residence in a Lexington neighborhood. Council member Julian Beard says it’s just not an appropriate location for a large animal. “The excrement that is generated by some of these animals is huge. I imagine the neighbors that are adjacent to, maybe even a little further than adjacent to, are getting a pretty good whiff of it,” said Beard.
A Fort Knox logistics unit is training now in preparation for a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. Although about 250 people will deploy as part of the 3rd ESC unit, its charges will actually number from 5,000 to 7,000 people, composed of military, government civilians and contractors. The unit will fuel and feed forces, transport supplies and repair equipment.
Lexington-based CMSText LLC, a mobile marketing company, announced Thursday it will expand its workforce from 19 to 154. It will be a $4.4 million expansion for the Lexington firm. Text message marketing is growing as an advertising tool for more and more businesses.