Posts Tagged ‘Gerald Watkins’
The unemployment rate in the US has fallen to its lowest level in three years.
NPR reports last month’s surge in hiring helped to drive unemployment to 8.5%. Here’s hoping those people will be allowed to keep their jobs and their extra cash.
Kentucky~ Paducah City Commissioner Watkins announces his run for the 3rd district seat. Former McCracken county humane society workers arraigned for inhumane euthanasia. The Dorena-Hickman ferry is nearly done with its retrofit. Life is about to get better for Goldfish in Owensboro. No state department is safe from upcoming budget cuts. Beshear has appointed a group to study tax reform. A Connecticut hedge fund linked to Kentucky Retirement accounts has failed.
Keeping track of all the investigations into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can be confusing.
~Check out NPR‘s guide to oil spill inquiries.
Beware!: Freezing rain is expected to coat the afternoon.
KENTUCKY~ Paducah Commissioners swear to do their job and approve of a public student housing project. Still no charges or official cause in Paducah toddler death. A ruling on whether racetracks can offer wagering on past horse races is expected before the year’s end. A suicide bomb kills 6 Fort Campbell soldiers.
~NPR reports it’s unclear how existing treaties and conventions would apply in this new domain of conflict.
KENTUCKY~ Paducah could have a new city manager early next month and will pay Greyhound Bus Lines $12k to stay for 5 more years. A h0meless man is under arrest after allegedly stealing frozen chicken from a McCracken County mission. A Calvert City plastics plant will pay $800k in pollution fines. State House Republicans claim if given control in November the legislature would be more responsive and accountable.
ILLINOIS~ The Honeywell nuclear materials plant in Metropolis will require union workers to be re-trained if negotiations ever pan out next month.
“The mystery ship: a wooden vessel found last month under the ruins of New York City’s World Trade Center has since been moved to a science lab in Maryland, where each day brings new discoveries.”
~NPR hears how the thrill of discovery doesn’t stop with the digging.
KENTUCKY~ Paducah dumps its top pick for city manager citing sensitive information and will fund indigent burials. Murray Parks may soon have a trespassing fine in place. A Cadiz man is in police custody for (allegedly) sexting with a minor. A Mayfield wife-killer gets 20 years. House Speaker Stumbo: Rand Paul will lose and Paul calls for more online donation$ (so is WKMS).
ILLINOIS~ Quinn applies for federal grants to fund teaching jobs.
“The New Orleans Police Department has long battled a bad reputation. But after Hurricane Katrina, the dept’s flaws unraveled.”
~NPR hears how it’s not so easy to be the NOPD.
KENTUCKY~ A state audit criticizes McCracken’s Clerk policies. McCracken County and Paducah agree on paying for ‘pauper burials’. Paducah School students are eating more cafeteria food this year. MSU beats out most state schools on Forbes’ Top 500 list. Fort Campbell’s hospital is expanding in Clarksville’s. A 10-year-old Oak Grove child gets a felony for arson. UK may be forced to turn over participant’s names of a study on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (due out this fall). A bill that would stop executing the mentally ill faces many challenges. A newly signed federal act may impact (but remains totally unclear) food stamp programs. Beshear’s top aide resigns.
TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Mayor asks his Chief of Staff to resign (then fires him.)
ILLINOIS~ The next (epic) Honeywell and USW sitdown remains unscheduled.
KY~ MSU’s Billy Kennedy is expected to sign a contract extension today. Paducah officials deny being confused. Fort Campbell will tighten its (financial) belt while soldiers are away. A US-62 bridge near Lake City is down to one lane till noon. Murray’s Chamber of Commerce will release how its members feel about a payroll tax later this week. Two bills now sit on Beshear’s desk: one forces 2 organizations out into the public eye and another wants to reduce teen suicide. Most lawmakers get a day off as budget talks resume. No ‘Race to the Top’ $$$. More universities may establish nursing doctoral degree programs.