Thousands of state records go to new building
FRANKFORT (AP) — State officials have moved thousands of boxes of state records into a new facility in Frankfort.
The move to the new State Records Center involved about 190,000 cardboard boxes to a new leased building.
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives says the move began in late April and was expected to take about three months. But instead it took just 38 working days.
The State Records Center provides high-volume, low-cost storage to state government agencies for records with a limited retention period or for permanent records that are still in use. They include court documents, adoptions files, police investigations and corrections records.
The department is also moving about 60,000 boxes of records from another rented facility to the new building.
Court ruling won’t impact state’s credit rating
FRANKFORT (AP) — Moody’s said it will not downgrade Kentucky’s credit rating despite a recent federal bankruptcy decision that could cost the state nearly $1 billion over 20 years.
The credit rating agency said Monday that Kentucky has enough resources to manage the added expenses caused by a judge’s decision to let a private Louisville community mental health center leave the Kentucky Employees Retirement System without paying its share of the $17.1 billion unfunded liability.
Kentucky Retirement Systems is appealing the judge’s ruling. Moody’s noted it would cost the state an extra $2.4 billion over 20 years if all of the community mental health centers left the system.
But Moody’s said its calculations show the departures of community mental health centers would not increase the state’s overall $41.4 billion adjusted net pension liability.
Regional colleges, EKU reach transfer agreement
RICHMOND (AP) — Kentucky Community and Technical College System has reached an agreement with Eastern Kentucky University to allow seamless transfers for students.
The regional college system says the agreement signed Monday provides a structure for exchanging transfer information between it and Eastern and also identifies students who are likely to consider transferring. The system said in a news release the agreement will also enhance advising services and minimize lost transfer credit.
For more information, visit http://colonelconnection.eku.edu .
Attorney: Louisville can set own minimum wage
LOUISVILLE (AP) — The Jefferson County attorney has issued a legal opinion saying Louisville officials can set a minimum wage in the city.
Media report that Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell told Metro Council members in a letter that they could pass an ordinance setting a higher minimum wage than the rest of the state without conflicting with state law.
The opinion comes in response to a request from Councilwoman Attica Scott. She is part of a Democratic majority on the council who have voiced support for an increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
Scott and other council members said they plan to introduce an ordinance for a gradual increase.
State lawmakers did not pass a proposal earlier this year to raise the minimum wage statewide.
Indiana doctor pleads guilty in BB gun case
RICHMOND (AP) — An Indiana doctor who was accused of shooting a BB gun at a driver on Interstate 75 in an incident captured on video last year has pleaded guilty to wanton endangerment in central Kentucky.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 51-year-old Dr. Perrin Dobyns of Corydon, Indiana, entered the plea Monday in Madison County Circuit Court.
Dobyns and his lawyer, Jim Lowry of Lexington, declined comment afterward.
Sentencing is set for Oct. 2. Dobyns’ plea agreement calls for supervised probation for three years but says he could face three years in prison if he violates terms of the deal.
David Kollar told police he saw a driver operating recklessly on I-75 last September. Kollar recorded video with his smartphone.
No one was injured.
Madeline Albright endorses Grimes for Senate
FRANKFORT (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has endorsed Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Albright was the first woman to become Secretary of State when former President Bill Clinton appointed her in 1997. She also served on former President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council.
In a news release, Albright called Grimes one of the brightest young leaders in America.
Grimes is challenging Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in one of the country’s most-watched races as Republicans and Democrats battle for control of the Senate.
McConnell also has the support of a former secretary of state in Condoleezza Rice. The former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush headlined a fundraiser for McConnell at Rupp Arena in March in advance of the May 20 Republican primary.