FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A key aide to Kentucky’s governor says enough votes have been secured to pass a pension-relief proposal in a special legislative session. Gov. Matt Bevin’s deputy chief of staff, Bryan Sunderland, said Wednesday that he believes enough support exists in the Republican-led House and Senate to pass the governor’s proposal. Now it’s a matter of timing for Bevin in deciding when to bring lawmakers back to the state Capitol to take up his measure.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say bureaucratic issues were behind the lack of a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park, where fast-moving water killed a 2-year-old earlier this month. Parks and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson told lawmakers Wednesday that after 2017 flooding, a warning system was identified, funded and requested by state parks and Tennessee Tech University. Bryson said discussions stalled and halted between procurement officials and Tennessee Tech.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A project that would bring high-speed internet across Kentucky will be delayed because company representatives say an “abundance” of squirrels have chewed through wiring. Lawmakers in the state’s capitol questioned reports of the ravenous squirrels Tuesday, blocking officials in charge of the KentuckyWired project from borrowing an additional $110 million. The Courier-Journal reports KentuckyWired was started in 2015 to boost Kentucky’s internet infrastructure.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last November and knocked on the door, which opened to reveal a man and a naked child on a bed behind him. Police say the scene caused Buede to alert authorities, who responded and found two girls hiding in the room.