Wednesday March 26, 2014

The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow persistently low-performing schools to convert to charter schools. Current Kentucky gives consistently underperforming schools four options for improvement, ranging from restaffing to closing down. The bill would provide a fifth option, allowing the school to vote on whether to become a charter school.

A divided Letcher County Fiscal Court voted at its March meeting to explore the possibility of selling what has become the controversial industrial park site at Isom, which is currently occupied by Process Systems and under lease to Process Systems owner Doug Sizemore. In the four-to-two vote, Fifth District Magistrate Wayne Fleming and Second District Magistrate Terry Adams voted not to sell the site. The vote was the result of a motion by Fourth District Magistrate Keith Adams who said the site had been a bone of contention between the court and local residents and would be more beneficial overall if it was in private hands. Adams’s motion came in the midst of a contentious discussion over the restructure of the current lease with Sizemore that was originally set to allow him to sublease the property to Refuel Carbon to install a wood pellet processing plant.

If you have not signed up for health insurance through Kynect, you only have a few days left.  The deadline to sign up through the state marketplace is on Monday. If you sign up by March 31st, your coverage will begin May 1st.

A judge has decided that eminent domain can't be used to take private land to build a natural gas pipeline through Kentucky. Bluegrass Pipelin has said it has the right to condemn property for its pipeline under Kentucky eminent domain law. The citizens group Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain had sought a ruling on the question.

Family members confirm to WKYT, that Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer reported to Federal Prison Tuesday afternoon.  Farmer is staying at a minimum security satellite camp, next to a high security facility in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.  Farmer was allowed an extra week of freedom, in order to watch his son play basketball in the boy's Sweet 16 Tournament. Farmer pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges stemming from his time in office.