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1,000 INMATES TO BE RELEASED IN KENTUCKY NEXT WEEK
And Commonwealth Attorneys do not seem happy with the decision, including Kenton County's own Rob Sanders:
But, he's not alone:
But Anna Melvin isn’t sure the rehabilitation programs are in place to ensure an effective transition. Melvin is the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 24th District, covering Lawrence, Johnson and Martin counties. She supports initiatives to curb drug addiction, but says there aren’t enough facilities to take in everyone who needs help. “I’m really frustrated that they don’t have enough beds for people,” she says. “They’re telling us to do this, but where are we going to send them? Are we going to send them back home because we can’t put them in jail. I’m anxious to see six months from now how things are and what the recidivism rate is on these people they just keep turning back to the public.”WFPL/Gabe Bullard
The state program that will lead to the releases is projected to save the state $40 million a year:
"We are going to monitor it very closely, we stand ready to make any changes necessary to change this law." says State Representative Leslie Combs.More, including a video report, at the link:
Combs admits the program was initially a concern for elected officials but as a group they decided this was the best move for the state as well as the inmates.
"We felt like it was a good move based on the knowledge we had and I think we just monitor it and pay close attention to it." she adds.
GOV. BESHEAR TOUTS TOP 10 ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2011
The long press release includes:
10. SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AND JOBS WITH ONE STOP BUSINESS PORTALIn an effort to better serve the business community across the Commonwealth, Gov. Beshear authorized the creation of a one-stop business website to help businesses start and operate in a more efficient way. The Kentucky Business One Stop – onestop.ky.gov – is an interactive web portal designed to provide faster, friendlier, more reliable and cost-effective state government services to businesses.Read the full list here:
The website features a link to the Secretary of State’s office allowing citizens to register a new business online, while at the same time, providing a convenient way to communicate and interact with the Department of Revenue. A common sense guide helps walk businesses through all the steps needed at the state and local levels to start a business in Kentucky.
Gov. Beshear credits numerous individuals and agencies for working enthusiastically to create the website for the benefit of Kentucky’s business community. The Beshear administration worked with business leaders and Secretary of State Elaine Walker and her staff to develop the website.
LEGISLATURE SHOULD CRACK DOWN ON PILL MILLS
Says an editorial from the Lexington paper:
Law enforcement will never be the final answer to drug abuse of any kind. It's a problem that grows out of poverty, despair, illness and lack of opportunity. Addressing those problems, like so many others in Kentucky, means taking on the long-term commitment to improve access to education, health care and economic opportunity.Still, there are things that can, and should, be done legislatively in the short-term to make it harder for pill pushers to stay in business in Kentucky and, therefore, limit access to prescription pain pills for people who aren't in medical need of them.Herald-Leader
KENTUCKY HIGHWAY DEATHS DOWN IN 2011 FROM 2010
Still too many people not wearing seatbelts though:
"Kentucky over the last several years has experienced fewer deaths on our highways than in previous years, and 2011 is no different," Kentucky State Police spokesman David Jude said. "There are several reasons for that, which include our educational efforts, our enforcement efforts and engineering efforts," Jude said. "However, the largest credit goes to the driving public, because when they make changes in their behaviors and attitudes toward driving their vehicles, we see great changes in safety, which leads to a reduction in collisions, injuries and fatalities."Bowling Green Daily News
ONE YEAR CAR-FREE IN THE QUEEN CITY
One popular local blogger decided that when her car died a year ago, she was not going to replace it. Instead, she would rely on her feet and - gasp! - public transportation. In Cincinnati? Yep. Turns out, after one full year, she likes it:
More Cincinnatians could give this effort a try if we had even more transportation options. The streetcar isn’t a panacea for the Queen City, but it is a great start and would be complemented beautifully if it were someday joined by light rail, high-speed rail, etc. Hope springs eternal. My bank account is quite pleased with this new lifestyle - I am saving hundreds of dollars a month thanks to embracing this change. No car payment, insurance, gas, maintenance and repairs, parking tickets and the like – I have a lot more money to my name thanks to scrapping my wheels. I’m investing more of that money in my 401k and I’m able to enjoy a better quality of life – a life that includes more theatre tickets, more special meals out with friends and more opportunities to travel.It's a great account of a growing new urban lifestyle here. Read the whole thing.
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TOUCHING SCENE OF SPORTSMANSHIP WHEN LOCAL COACH DIES
The Cross Country coach at Walton-Verona High School died suddenly last week. He was only 38. On the way to the burial site, the team ran in front of the hearse carrying their fallen leader, guiding him to his final resting place. Video at the link.
WEBB-EDGINGTON THROWS FIRST JAB AT PRESIDENT OBAMA
Though raising the debt ceiling under President Bush was not an issue for the tax (cut for the wealthy)-and-spend Republicans, it's an easy issue for them now. GOP candidate to represent our fare city in Congress, Alecia Webb-Edgington, tries it on for size:
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President Obama wants to raise the debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion. This type of economic mismanagement cannot go on. bit.ly/uVmP9a
From the article linked to by the state representative:
One senior Treasury official explained that the boost was essential because the U.S. would be within $100 billion of the current limit "by the end of the day on Friday."The Hill
"Assuming the projection is correct we anticipate that pursuant to the Budget Control Act, the president would submit a certification to Congress confirming that we are within $100 billion of the statutory debt limit," the official said.
The increase would help boost the U.S. borrowing limit to $16.4 trillion, the official said.
And it begins...
MEANWHILE, IN MITCH MCCONNELL'S BIZARRO WORLD...
Our senior Senator continues to blather on about czars and unelected bureaucrats but always seems to fail to mention that he has been in the US Senate since Henry Clay died:
Part of the problem is that Democrats have "created so many new agencies without Republican input," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "There's a whole bunch of new nominees or confirmable spots to have a debate over." In blocking the president's nomination of Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dec. 8, McConnell said, "We are not going to let the president put another unelected czar in place."Without Republican input? It's like a FOX News wormhole has become a reality for the longest serving Senator in the history of Kentucky. EVER.
WHAT IF CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES HAVE TO RUN STATEWIDE IN 2012?
It happened in 1932, and could happen again if the state legislature can't agree on redistricting maps:
Stumbo, a Democrat from Prestonsburg, said if the courts have to intervene over the new congressional maps, Kentucky could end up with all the congressional candidates running statewide and the top six vote-getters go to Congress. That happened in 1932 when lawmakers clashed over redrawing the lines.More, including the video, at the link.
“What the court would do likely is require what they did once before is that there be an election this cycle and the top vote-getters in the congressional races just become the winners,” Stumbo said (3:00 to 4:00 of the interview).
DUMBEST REMARKS OF THE YEAR FROM REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS
DID YOU PLAY MEGAMILLIONS? SOMEONE IN KY WON $250,000
While somebody in New York hit the big $206,000,000 jackpot, someone else in Kentucky won't be too upset about winning $250,000. We don't yet know which part of the state from which the lucky winner hails, so check your tickets!
Manufacturing companies in Northern Kentucky and throughout the country have, for some time, recognized the disparity between available jobs and qualified workers, but have not been able to adequately address the shortfall. Industry publications regularly estimate the number of unfilled manufacturing jobs at more than 500,000 nationwide. Working closely with Gateway Community and Technical College, the group has identified a curriculum of degree and certificate programs, but has had a difficult time attracting students.Cincinnati Enquirer/Mark Hansel
Teen murder victim to be laid to rest today; Mainstrasse restaurant rallies around server battling brain tumors; Attorney & radio host Eric Deters brings his stand-up comedy act to Covington; Plus, video of the lamb born in a nativity scene in Eden park. Who's up for religious allegory? Those stories and more at the link!
14. When Q-tips were originally released, they were called Baby Gays. The name was changed to Q-tips—the “Q” standing for quality—in 1926. Although they have changed hands several times since then, Unilever owns the brand today.Baby Gays. LOL.