Kentucky students wanting to drop out of school may soon find themselves in a tougher position.
Governor Steve Beshear thanked the House Education Committee for passing a proposed bill that raises the drop-out age.
Governor Beshear was quoted as saying he applauded the committee’s repeated support of the Graduation Bill, which raises the drop out age to 18-years old, instead of 16-years old.
Beshear added he looked forward to working with both the House and the Senate to pass this bill to keep youths in school.
Kentucky has joined other states and the federal government in reaching a multi-million dollar settlement with a corporation accused of conducting illegal kickback schemes.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that Kentucky is among several other states to receive a portion of a $12 million settlement with Victory Pharma, Incorporated to compensate Medicaid, Medicare and various federal healthcare programs for harm suffered as a result of its conduct.
Attorney General Conway stated the settlement resolves allegations that San Diego, California based V-P-I paid unlawful kickbacks to health care professionals to prescribe four of its drugs to their patients.
Attorney General Conway added the Kentucky Medicaid program will receive a total of $426,843 from the settlement.
Since January 2008, The Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control recovered over $292 million dollars for the state and federal Medicaid programs.
For the second time this week, officials with the 101st Airborne Division will be hosting a welcome home ceremony for local troops returning from their nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
About 103 soldiers assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade are scheduled to return to the local post Friday morning.
Military officials say they previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and their arrival coincided with the anticipated “surge” announced by the Commander-in-Chief just three months prior, and conducted more than 18,000 missions in support of the troops during that time.
The soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan is support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Alan Beard accepts the Century/50+ Award
Fourteen small businesses from the southern Pennyrile were honored at this morning’s Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards at the Bruce Convention Center.
One of the more prestigious awards handed out each year is the Century/50+ award, given to one of the area’s most enduring and successful businesses. This year’s award went to Hughard and Beard Funeral Home.
Alan Beard talked about his experience at a local mainstay that’s been around since the 1890’s.
Receiving the Sunset Award for a business that recently shut its doors was Mobile Home City, with Jim Fleming accepting that honor.
The WHOP Non-Profit Award was accepted by Kelly Pendleton on behalf of the Fort Campbell USO, who said their work is rewarding because of whom they serve.
Robinson Construction won the Distribution Award, Polka Dot Pig took the Horizon Award, Hopkinsville Community College the Regionalism Award, HES the Distribution Award, Kenny Ellis Construction won the Residential Construction Award, Super Lawn and Garden brought home the Retail Award, The Homestead was presented the Food Service Award, Christian Way Farms the Specialized Service Award and Putty Chiropractic the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award.
Classic movies could soon be playing at the Alhambra Theater in downtown Hopkinsville, as Christian Fiscal Court helped the Pennyroyal Arts Council take another step in that direction.
Court unanimously approved a letter of consent that will allow the Arts Council to combine forces with the City of Hopkinsville to bring the thirty thousand dollar projector to the facility.
The Arts Council will raise 15 thousand dollars and the city will match that amount. Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says the concept has been popular in most places where it’s been tried.
Foster says the county had to sign the agreement only because the theater is owned by Christian County Government.
The Arts Council will launch a fundraising effort for the project next month.
In other action, Fiscal Court approved a change order regarding heating and air improvements at the jail, though it came with much discussion and a “no” vote from Magistrate Jim Fleming. Court also approved allocating $850 for a software upgrade to the E-911 GPS system.
Magistrates Edwin Long and Tom Jones were absent from the meeting.