Senate Republicans want to balance Medicaid with across-the-board cuts to state agencies, including education. Gov. Beshear says he can balance the program without cuts. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he and House Minority Leader Jeffrey Hoover are discussing a bipartisan compromise that would target areas, besides education, to cut in case deficits occurred under the governor’s plan.
Previous reports have indicated that existing CSX and RJ Corman railroads would be upgraded to accommodate passenger trains that would stop in Shelbyville and Frankfort. The new rail service could begin as early as October of 2012.
Lieutenant Steimle says there will be an emphasis on the education aspect of the initiative, aimed at UofL students living in the neighborhood. 6th District Councilman David James has directed some of his discretionary funds to the LMPD to pay officers overtime to patrol the neighborhood.
The Ohio River could hit its highest level since 2005 this weekend. The river is expected to crest at 28 feet by Sunday. That’s five feet above flood stage. Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District Bud Schardein says, “I think we’re in good shape right now. Everyone who’s behind the levee and the flood wall is being protected right now. All the flood pumping plants that are in operation are operating properly and doing their job,” says Schardein “so it’s more now of just watching the river and seeing if there’s going to be a spike in it or it’s going to hit its 28 feet and start dropping.”
The students are studying several miles south of the hardest-hit areas. The two closest are in Osaka. Virginia Hosono is the head of U of L’s study abroad program. She says she’s spoken with the students’ dean.
The Louisville Metro Council has approved an ordinance to allow live music in venues in the western edge of Old Louisville near of 7th and Oak streets. Councilman David James hopes the ordinance will energize the neighborhood and its local eateries.
The meeting includes educational programs on conservation issues and a panel discussion with Kentucky lawmakers. Committee President Vicki Holmburg says she hopes to reach out to anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to be part of sustainability efforts in Kentucky.
Among those not confirmed were two minority women to the state parole board, and environmental lawyer Joe Childers to the Mine Safety Review Commission. Gov. Steve Beshear called the rejections “very disappointing.”
Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service says he was surprised by the amount of rain that fell in Louisville Wednesday afternoon, which is the main cause for the current flooding.