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Kentucky school assaults against staff up in 2014-15, report says

The number of students charged with assaults in the third degree at Kentucky schools rose significantly in one year by 51.3 percent, according to an annual school safety report released Thursday. “This is very troubling since assault in the third degree involves assaults against certified and classified personnel in the school system,” the 2014-15 School Safety Data Report on Law said.

Politics & Government

Kentucky judges need more pay, chief justice says

Kentucky judges need to be paid more, Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. told state lawmakers Friday. In his annual State of the Judiciary Address, Minton said Kentucky’s 284 justices and judges are among the lowest paid in the country and last in salaries among judges in surrounding states.

State

It’s called hydrilla, and it’s a threat to Eastern Kentucky lakes

An invasive plant called hydrilla has been found for the first time in two Eastern Kentucky lakes. The plant can grow quickly, choking out native plants and hurting fishing and boating. State and federal officials have asked boaters to help stop the spread of the plant and are figuring out how to push it back at Cave Run Lake.

Education

Bevin’s midyear cuts to universities were illegal, Kentucky Supreme Court says

The Kentucky Supreme Court dealt a decisive blow to Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive power Thursday, finding that he exceeded his statutory authority by cutting state universities’ budgets by 2 percent this spring, after the General Assembly had already appropriated their funding. The 5-2 ruling reverses a May 18 decision by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate, who said the state’s universities and colleges are part of the executive branch of government and that Bevin has the power to reduce budget allotments to units within that branch.

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Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary

Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi visited Maxwell Spanish Immersion Elementary for a morning assembly in the gymnasium to talk to students. The 2014 Nobel winner also sang with the students and answered their questions on a variety of topics.
cbertram@herald-leader.com
Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary 1:19

Nobel Peace Prize winner visits Maxwell Elementary

Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more 2:13

Chief Justice Minton: pay judges more

Families of drug addicts sharing 'horrific experience' to raise awareness 2:39

Families of drug addicts sharing 'horrific experience' to raise awareness

Serious wreck near Forbes Road 1:00

Serious wreck near Forbes Road

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