Water report shows drop in health-based violations
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A review of public water systems in Kentucky shows a drop in health-based violations.
The annual report was prepared by the Kentucky Division of Water. It shows health-based violations dropped from 96 in 2011 to 48 in 2012.
Julie Roney, coordinator of the division's Drinking Water Program, says the majority of violations last year involved administrative infractions rather than problems with water treatment. Roney says the division is serious about requiring public water systems to submit timely and accurate monitoring reports.
The number of administrative violations increased from 228 in 2011 to 398 in 2012.
Administrative violations include reporting incorrect data and omitting information.
The report is required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. It lists Kentucky's 454 public water systems and any violations imposed in the prior year.
OHIO RIVER BRIDGES
Groundbreaking planned for new Ohio River bridge
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Work is about to start on a new Ohio River bridge at downtown Louisville, but first comes the celebration.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to attend a community groundbreaking early Tuesday evening for the new span that will connect the Bluegrass state and Indiana.
The bridge is 1 of 2 that will be built over the Ohio River in the Louisville area in what amounts to 1 of the country's largest transportation projects.
Officials from both states recently attended a ceremony for the bridge that will go up east of Louisville.
Beshear says it's been 50 years since a bridge was built across the Ohio River at Louisville. He says talk of building a new span has stretched for decades.
The new downtown bridge will connect Louisville and Jeffersonville, Ind.
OPEN RECORDS VIOLATION
Attorney general: UofL panel violates meetings law
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The attorney general's office has found that the University of Louisville Graduate Student Academic Grievance Committee violated the Kentucky Open Meetings Act.
UofL had argued that the committee "never deals with 'public business'" and is not a public agency. Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver disagreed in an opinion released Monday.
Bensenhaver said the 10-member grievance committee is indeed a public entity and that it had violated the law on March 6 by not allowing Christopher Grande to attend 1 of its meetings. Grande had an appeal pending before the grievance committee at the time.
Transy president leaving at end of 2013-2014 year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Transylvania University has accepted the resignation of embattled President R. Owen Williams, effective at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Lexington Herald-Leader says Transylvania issued a news release Monday saying Board of Trustees Chairman William T. Young Jr. announced Williams' decision in a meeting with faculty and staff.
Young said in the statement the resignation was accepted "with regret" and that the board "fully supports" Williams' decision to stay on through the end of the school year.
Young said a national search for a successor would be started later this year.
Faculty leaders earlier this month gave members of Transylvania's two governing boards a 35-page document calling for Williams' resignation. The faculty took a 68-7 no-confidence vote in Williams on May 24. The same day, trustees took a unanimous vote of confidence in Williams.
Longtime western Ky. sports writer dead at 46
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - Longtime western Kentucky sports writer Joey Fosko has died after suffering an apparent heart attack. The Paducah Sun, where Fosko had worked 27 years, reported Fosko's death at 46 on its website Monday.
The newspaper said Fosko died at 12:02 a.m. CDT Monday.
Fosko joined the Sun in 1986, covering high school sports.
Arrangements were incomplete.
Girl's body found in Shelbyville creek
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials in Shelby County have identified a body found floating in a creek there.
WLKY-TV says police haven't released the victim's name because family notification hasn't been completed. The station said the victim is a girl younger than 18.
The discovery was made shortly after 9 a.m. EDT Monday when a train conductor noticed the body in Clear Creek and contacted police.
Police say early investigation indicates there's no sign of trauma, foul play or being hit by a train.
Beshear: Congressional redistricting may be redone
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session.
That's because lawmakers who have been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count. The problem is that those prisoners were included when lawmakers passed congressional redistricting.
Beshear told reporters Monday that he and legislative leaders have agreed to do congressional, legislative and judicial redistricting "on a consistent basis." So he said if lawmakers opt to exclude federal prisoners from legislative districts, then they'd have to be taken out of the congressional districts.
Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw political boundaries to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.
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