KY Budget

KY Budget Kentucky lawmakers appear close to voting on a two-year budget.Members of a conference committee formed to iron out differences and come out with a compromise plan unveiled what’s in the final draft. The final spending plan could be voted on today and is the culmination of what both the House and Senate…

Coal Executive Embezzled

Coal Executive Embezzled According to the Lexington Herald leader, an Eastern Kentucky coal executive embezzled money from several companies and filed false tax returns.Authorities were told by an informant that Rex G. Fought stole millions of dollars between 2014 and 2019.Fought was indicted by a federal Grand Jury last week on a charge of…

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Officials said a two-year rehabilitation of the historic Knob Creek Tavern at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is complete and the facility will open as a visitor’s center at the boyhood home this spring.Park officials said in a statement that it will be the first time in more than…

Replacing Board Of Regents

Replacing Board Of Regents Gov. Andy Beshear has signed a bill into law that will replace Kentucky State University’s Board of Regents.The bill, which requires Beshear appoint eight new board members by April 4, received bipartisan support in both chambers. The Democratic governor signed the bill Friday.KSU, the state’s only public historically Black university,…

KY Woman Sentenced

KY Woman Sentenced A Kentucky woman was sentenced Monday to one year and three months in federal prison for her role in a truck warranty fraud scheme.Tammy Newsome, 55, of Ashland, Kentucky, also was ordered to pay $4.3 million in restitution for her 2020 guilty plea to mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Will Thompson announced…

Charter School Bill

Charter School Bill A controversial charter school bill will get a vote on the Senate floor.House Bill 9 passed out of a Senate education committee on Monday 8 to 3.The measure would provide a permanent funding mechanism for charter schools, would give smaller school districts the final say on applications and require charter schools…

Pre-Med Academy

Pre-Med Academy Baptist Health Corbin is hosting a Pre-Med Academy Program designed to assist college students on the pre-med track to develop mentorships with local physicians.The program will take place in summer 2022 but dates are not confirmed yet.”It is a paid internship for the students.Paducah has done it for several years and it’s…

Teacher Shortage Solution

Teacher Shortage Solution With a 37% drop in teachers leaving the profession in Kentucky that’s faster than the rate of students finishing degrees in education.For those anxious to become teachers, a new program between two Kentucky colleges will fast-track education majors into their own classroom.“The teacher shortage is huge,” said Melanie Williamson, an academic…

Mine Made Adventure Park

Mine Made Adventure Park Representative Hal Rogers was in Knott County this morning for a groundbreaking event at Mine Made Adventure Park.The new facilities will be a multi-purpose building, campground sites and cabins.Rogers joined state and local officials in the 60,000 acre park to celebrate the groundbreaking.“This project is about so much more than…

Federal Fraud Charges

Federal Fraud Charges A Lawrence County Attorney and his wife, who were originally indicted for federal fraud charges in 2021, pleaded guilty on Tuesday.According to court documents, Michael and Joy Hogan motioned for re-arraignment, instead of going to trial.“Because the Defendants’ motions demonstrate their intent to plead guilty rather than proceed to trial, the…