Superintendent says proposed changes to KTRS would require teacher salaries to be increased to offset pension losses

DAYTON – Kentucky’s teachers and public school administrators are concerned that at a time educators are being asked to do more, Gov. Matt Bevin and...

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Three Kentucky universities listed among WalletHub's 2018 Best Colleges and Universities

WalletHub has released its rankings for 2018’s Best Colleges and Universities, and three schools in Kentucky crack the Top-500. The schools include Spalding University (225th), University...

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Juvenile justice population drops by 60%, State closes several detention centers

Fewer youths are ending up locked in detention centers around Kentucky as a result of legislation passed in 2014 reforming the juvenile justice system in...

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Work underway to replace aging bridge in Mercer County

MERCER COUNTY – Work is finally getting underway for a new bridge over Herrington Lake in Mercer County. The new bridge will replace a nearly...

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Chief Justice Minton says he'll ask General Assembly for pay raises, judicial redistricting in upcoming budget session

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told lawmakers Friday that he will seek judicial pay raises totaling 10 percent in the...

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McGarvey prefiles bill to protect individuals for rescuing animals from hot vehicles

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has prefiled a bill which would amend current ‘look before you lock’ laws to include household pets. McGarvey’s bill offers...

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Superintendent says proposed changes to KTRS would require teacher salaries to be increased to offset pension losses

10/23/2017 03:53 PM

DAYTON – Kentucky’s teachers and public school administrators are concerned that at a time educators are being asked to do more, Gov. Matt Bevin and the House and Senate leadership’s pension reform proposal could pull the rug out from under their feet financially. Dayton Independent Schools Superintendent Jay Brewer, who is one of eleven people in his family who is either in public education or retired from the Kentucky educational system, appreciates the attention that the governor and state legislature is... Read more 

Three Kentucky universities listed among WalletHub's 2018 Best Colleges and Universities

10/23/2017 02:36 PM

WalletHub has released its rankings for 2018’s Best Colleges and Universities, and three schools in Kentucky crack the Top-500. The schools include Spalding University (225th), University of Louisville (345th) and Brescia University in Owensboro (349th). The WalletHub study compared 973 colleges and universities across seven categories, including student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes. The University of Pikeville was ranked among the lowest in two categories. The study found the university to have the... Read more 

Juvenile justice population drops by 60%, State closes several detention centers

10/23/2017 12:53 PM

Fewer youths are ending up locked in detention centers around Kentucky as a result of legislation passed in 2014 reforming the juvenile justice system in Kentucky. The Department of Juvenile Justice reports a 60 percent drop in the population of youth from the Fall of 2013 through May of 2017. There have been three detention centers which have closed this year including: Owensboro Treatment Center, Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center and Audubon Youth Development Center which has been converted... Read more 

Work underway to replace aging bridge in Mercer County

10/23/2017 10:37 AM

MERCER COUNTY – Work is finally getting underway for a new bridge over Herrington Lake in Mercer County. The new bridge will replace a nearly 100 year old steel bridge that has out lived most expectations. The Kennedy Mill Bridge at Herrington Lake is just one example of the crumbling infrastructure in the commonwealth. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Kentucky a D- for spending for needed repairs. Reporter Richard Essex has the story.  Read more 

Chief Justice Minton says he'll ask General Assembly for pay raises, judicial redistricting in upcoming budget session

10/20/2017 05:23 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton told lawmakers Friday that he will seek judicial pay raises totaling 10 percent in the upcoming biennial budget, hoping to improve the judiciary’s ability to attract top attorneys to its ranks. Circuit judges make more than $124,000, which ranks near the bottom nationally, and Administrative Office of the Courts Budget Director Carole Henderson says the proposed 5 percent raises in each year of the biennium will place judicial salaries in Kentucky... Read more 

McGarvey prefiles bill to protect individuals for rescuing animals from hot vehicles

10/20/2017 03:50 PM

State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, has prefiled a bill which would amend current ‘look before you lock’ laws to include household pets. McGarvey’s bill offers civil protection for individuals who have damaged a vehicle to rescue a domestic pet locked inside a hot car. The legislation amends current statute to offer civil liability immunity to those who damage a vehicle for the purpose of removing an animal. “This is about protecting animals,” McGarvey said in a news release. “It is... Read more 

Recalculating pension benefits for retired lawmakers who took other government jobs will likely end up in court if passed

10/19/2017 07:22 PM

While the pension reform proposal laid out by Gov. Matt Bevin and top legislators on Wednesday doesn’t alter benefits for government retirees, the same can’t be said for former lawmakers who boosted their retirement payouts thanks to higher-salaried jobs in the public sector. The plan calls for a complete rollback of the controversial 2005 law that allows legislators to count their salaries in other government work toward their pension calculations, including for ex-lawmakers who are already collecting retirement checks, some of... Read more 

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