Cities throughout Northern Kentucky have struggled in recent years to provide essential services in a struggling economy and council meetings often turn into contentious debates about budget issues. The city of Florence, however, has managed to maintain service levels, complete several capital improvement projects and maintain reserves of more than $20 million. So what sets the Boone County city apart?
Eight of the nine Churchill Downs races that were cancelled last Thursday after a tornado struck the track’s barn area will be made up before the end of the spring meet next week.Two races were added to last Friday’s night racing card. The rest of the makeup races will be run this Friday through Sunday.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Kentucky man facing a nearly nine-year prison sentence for crack cocaine charges is eligible to have his sentence reduced. William Freeman agreed to the sentence in a plea deal, which was based on the sentencing guidelines for crack. When those guidelines changed, Freeman tried to have his sentence shortened, but was told he had to follow his plea deal.
For the 131st annual Fancy Farm picnic, organizers have plucked longtime Democratic Marshall County Judge Executive Mike Millerto host the event, which marks the unofficial start of the Kentucky general election this fall. The Graves County sideshow is scheduled for August 6 and is expected to be heavily attended due to the 2011 gubernatorial race between Democratic incumbent Steve Beshear and Republican challenger David Williams, but candidates in other statewide races have also been invited.
NPR News Investigations, ProPublica and PBS "Frontline" analyzed nearly two dozen cases in which people have been accused of killing children based on flawed work by forensic pathologists. Some of the accused were later cleared. Others are still in prison.
Protesters in Greece are demonstrating against government plans to slash the national budget, raise taxes and sell-off state assets. The prime minister is trying to get another austerity plan though parliament this week.
At issue is how to fill a five-billion-dollar budget gap. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton wants to raise income taxes on top earners. But Republicans, who control the legislature, oppose any tax hikes. If there's no deal by July first, agencies will stop operating. Matt Sepic of Minnesota Public Radio reports.
A U.S. District judge has blocked two of the more controversial portions of Georgia's new immigration law from taking effect. But the law will continue to require businesses to check the status of new hires. Georgia farmers say that gives them little time to adjust for this summer's harvest. Charles Edwards of member station WABE reports.