Both chambers of the Kentucky General Assembly will likely vote on its compromised budget Friday morning, described by everyone as a “bare-bone” spending plan.
The Conference Committee worked out their disagreements just before 3am this morning, meaning the General Assembly will almost certainly not need a special session to pass a budget as it did two years ago.
State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says the Amy Dye murder case likely played a role in legislators including funds for hiring new social workers in the austere budget.
Representative Dossett says funds for Rupp Arena were also included in the compromise, just days before the so-called “game of the century” between Kentucky and Louisville.
The House and Senate will almost certainly have the budget passed by end of business Friday, meaning they will have accomplished the one duty they are constitutionally required to finish.
Just in time to allow a Friday afternoon vote, the General Assembly Conference Committee reached a compromise on a state budget overnight.
The Courier Journal reports the 19.5 billion dollar budget was agreed upon around 2:50 this morning, giving sufficient time to print and to be voted on before adjourning Friday afternoon.
That will also allow lawmakers to come back and do a one day veto session in the middle of next month.
We’ll have more on this throughout the day.
A wreck involving three motorcycles in Clarksville last night sent two bikers to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Clarksville Police say 27-year old Martha Gilreath was northbound on Fort Campbell Boulevard around 9:20 and had a green light, but not a green arrow to turn left onto Lafayette Road.
Police say 31-year old Amber Tuchsherer, 36-year old Tommy Tuchsherer and 44-year old Richard Brewster were riding three motorcycles southbound and were attempting to go through the green light.
Ms. Gilbreath turned left into the bikes’ path, according to Clarksville Police, who say Tommy Tuchscherer sustained internal injuries when he was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the car.
Brewster sustained a serious leg injury and the two men had to be taken by Lifeflight to Vanderbilt. Ms. Tuchscherer was treated and released for minor injuries at Gateway Medical Center.
The investigation into the wreck continues and charges are pending.
A Fort Campbell soldier’s quick thinking and action helped save the life of a 4-year old boy from certain death.
For her heroism, Specialist Katherine McIntire, an Army Medic assigned to the local post’s 1-94th Military Police Company was awarded an impact Army Achievement Medal yesterday for saving the boy’s life.
Company First Sergeant, Christopher Barnes says people think our job in the Army is focused on combat, but it is also about helping people.
First Sergeant Barnes then went onto say that Specialist McIntire was in the right place, at the right time, with the right training.
According to reports, Specialist McIntyre saved the toddler’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver after the boy started to choke on a piece of food that got lodged in his throat.
Following the January 13th ordeal, the 4-year old’s mother, who requested to remain anonymous, emailed McIntire’s commander to express her appreciation in saving her son’s life, while Specialist McIntire recently stated to Fort Campbell officials that she didn’t think twice about helping her neighbor in distress.
A Clarksville man was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail this morning for allegedly having explicit photos of minors on his cell phone.
Clarksville Police arrested 28-year old Jacques Dubois with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and is being held on a $20,000 bond.
Around 3 a.m. officers responded to a 911 call at a Gracey Avenue residence in reference to a possible sexual exploitation of a minor incident and when officers arrived on the scene, an unknown individual told police Dubois was inside the residence with child pornography on his phone.
Dubois reportedly admitted to police that the phone that contained the graphic images was his and that the photos were sent to his phone by an unnamed individual.
Police say after receiving permission to view his phone, officers discovered the phone contained numerous photos of males and females under the age of eighteen engaged in sexual activities or various states of undress.