The Chatter: Gray hits airwaves in Lexington mayor's race, CNN profiles Yarmuth race, state starts first furlough day

09/03/2010 10:18 AM

Lexington Vice Mayor Jim Gray has become the first of the two candidates in the Lexington mayor’s race to hit the television airwaves by putting up his first spot this morning. The one-minute ad is biographical and routinely mentions Gray’s background in the city and as head of Gray Construction.

National news looks at Kentucky’s 3rd district race

News network CNN has profiled U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth’s re-election bid, just days after it added the congressman’s 3rd District race to its CNN 100 list. The list includes 50 of the most vulnerable incumbents and 50 more to watch for this fall’s elections. Yarmuth’s race is considered to be in the second 50. Yarmuth is seeking a third term and faces Republican Todd Lally, Libertarian Ed Martin and independent candidate Michael Hansen.

State workers take unpaid day off

The effect of the state’s first furlough day, enacted by Gov. Steve Beshear in order to balance the state’s budget, will vary from agency to agency, the Herald-Leader reports. Beshear is requiring six furlough days and claims doing so will save the jobs of 400 state workers by saving $24 million. On Friday, a judge denied a temporary injunction against the furloughs, brought by six state workers and their union AFSCME, Jack Brammer of the Herald-Leader reported.

Authority defines scope of bridges project

The Louisville and Southern Indiana Bridges Authority will no longer consider any plans outside of its current one, which includes building east end and downtown bridges and re-configuring Spaghetti Junction, Marcus Green of the Courier-Journal reports. In recent weeks, anti-tolling groups have pushed for a scaled-back project that wouldn’t require tolls to pay for the construction.

But in its meeting Friday, the authority shot that idea down. It also announced it would no longer allow public comments at its meetings.


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