The Chatter: Northern Kentucky wish list, Galbraith signatures and more

06/15/2011 02:12 PM

The Northern Kentucky Consensus Committee will announce its suggestions for state-funded projects on Thursday, Amanada VanBenschoten of the Kentucky Enqurier reports.

Local lawmakers plan to submit their project proposals to the state in order to begin lobbying for their projects in the upcoming budget. Officials estimate the projects will cost $145 million, and each project is expected to develop local economic strongholds, VanBenschoten reported.

The announcement will take place 9 a.m. Thursday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Gatewood asks court to validate signatures

Gatewood Galbraith, the independent candidate running for governor, filed a motion to have a Franklin County judge validate some of the signatures on his nominating petition, Ronnie Ellis of CNHI reported.

Galbraith said he has the 5,000 signatures needed for his name to appear on the ballot in November, but he is taking this precaution to validate some of the printed names on his petition.

With this motion, Galbraith said he wants to eliminate any challenges from the competition over signatures not written in cursive.

Louisville Airport gets upgrade grants

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority will receive $6.6 million in federal funding to upgrade its taxiway, according to U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth’s office.

Yarmuth said the money will support the Taxiway Alpha project. The project will enhance Louisville’s taxiway to make sure it can support the newest and largest aircraft available.

“This federal investment will support construction that will ensure Louisville International is prepared for the commercial and cargo aircraft of the future,” Yarmuth said in a statement. “And all of the jobs and economic growth they can bring.”

The $6.6 million will be provided by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Taxiway Alpha project began in 2006 and is more than halfway finished.

-Written and compiled by Lauren Brown

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