Ashland, KY – In his first of four town hall meetings, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear stopped in Ashland Monday to discuss his proposed plan of action for the state's 456-million dollar shortfall. Beshear spoke about education, a cigarette tax hike, as well as Medicare costs. He also took questions from the audience to get input from them on how they think legislators should offset the shortfall. Beshear says the proposed 70-cent cigarette tax increase is tough, but the state needs to come up with a way to bring in more revenue.
Paducah, KY – Wintry mix on the roadways has claimed the life of a West Paducah woman. 36-year-old Melissa Trimble died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on U-S Highway 62. Trimble lost control of her vehicle this morning due to ice and sleet on the roadway, striking a utility pole. Trimble was the sole occupant of her vehicle, and was not believed to be using her seatbelt.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the current economic climate requires innovative solutions to public funding priorities. Therefore, he's creating the Kentucky Commission on Philanthropy, to find ways to meld public and private resources for state needs.
"But let me be clear. This is not the private sector supporting Frankfort. These are local organizations and people who will be investing in local programs that support local communities."
Murray, KY – A state transportation official says the response to inclement weather has hit few snags today. Public Information Officer for Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet says last night's precipitation mostly consisted of sleet. He says sleet is better than freezing rain, which often causes downed power lines or trees. The sleet did bring with it a minor setback.