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$172.20 Inside Today 50 cents • 16 pages • Vol. 112, No. 46 • The Kentucky Standard Sunday, April 15, 2012 Local legislators weigh in on General Assembly impasse Five-day special session called to resolve stalled bills JENNIFER CORBETT Legislators spent most of Thursday inside Frankfort trying to find a compromise on some bills that weren’t passed during previous meetings of the Kentucky General Assembly. Even though they stayed in session for most of the day, legislators couldn’t make a decision on House Bill 4 (which addresses prescription pill abuse), House Bill 267, (the transportation budget for the road plan) and the different modified versions of the high school drop out bill. Consequently, not a single bill discussed was passed. To remedy the situation, Gov. Steve Beshear called for a five-day special session of the General Assembly to begin noon Monday. The expected cost for taxpayers for the five-day session is $300,000. “I’m disappointed we’re back in special session,” State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said. “We worked diligent- Local legislators say Gov. Steve Beshear is wrong to blame Senate President David Williams for the impasse and the special session that starts Monday. According to Rep. David Floyd and Sen. Jimmy Higdon, the governor had a hand in holding up some bills by refusing to sign some passed by the Senate and the House. Rep. David Floyd ly to make sure this didn’t happen.” Higdon noted that he is going to donate the pay he receives from the five-day session to the American Red Cross. During the last day of the Kentucky General Assembly Sen. Jimmy Higdon Thursday, legislators stayed until almost midnight and couldn’t find a middle ground on HB 4, HB 267 and the modified high school drop out bill. Following the end of the regular session, Beshear also expressed his frustrations with the current state of the General Assembly. “Once again, I – like most Kentuckians – am disgusted and angry to be in this position,” he said. “It’s the morning after a legislative session formally came to a close, and once again, critical business remains unfinished.” To Beshear, the reason a special session was called can be easily summed up — Senate President David Williams. “For 12 years, Kentuckians have suffered at the hands of Senate President David Williams,” See IMPASSE, page A8 In Memory TOM ISAAC/PLG NEWS A New Haven man has been charged with second-degree arson after allegedly pouring gas around a home in New Haven and threatening to light it on fire. The incident allegedly happened after a domestic dispute. New Haven house doused in gas in arson attempt ERIN L.MCCOY ERIN L. MCCOY/The Kentucky Standard Paula Stone, right, passes on a flame Friday night, when about 40 family members and friends of her grandson, Brandon Stone, gathered in front of the Nelson County Justice Center on the anniversary of his death. Brandon Lashaun Stone, 22, was shot and killed in Loretto last year. The murder has not yet been solved. Luallen address the next uphill battle for Democrats She pushes for more women voters JENNIFER CORBETT Democratic partisans met for a night of raising awareness for causes that keep them pushing the Democratic Party forward at the annual Nelson County Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner Friday night at Maywood Country Club. The night featured an auction, as well as some high profile Democratic candidates and representatives. Those in attendance included former State Auditor Crit Luallen, current State Auditor Adam Edelen, Democratic candidate for State Representative for the 50th District Dick Heaton, Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles, Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell, Magistrate Keith Metcalfe and Magistrate Bernard Ice. Dee Dee Ford-Keene, chair of the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, intro- JENNIFER CORBETT/The Kentucky Standard duced Luallen as the key speaker of the night. Ford-Keene spoke how Luallen Crit Luallen spoke at the Jeffersonbegan her political career when she was Jackson Day dinner in Bardstown hired to stuff envelopes for former Gov. Friday night. Wendell Ford in 1974. She went on to serve as secretary of the executive cab- inet, commissioner of the Kentucky inet, state budget director, secretary of Department of the Arts and special finance and administration cabinet, assistant to the Governor. See LUALLEN, page A3 secretary of the Kentucky tourism cab- >> OPINION >> OBITUARIES Weigh in on this paper’s poll question at Would you have went on the memorial cruise of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking? >> INSIDE ‘C’ Craven Durham, 56 Marvena Livers, 46 Keith Martin, 60 The Guide >> Page A3 >> More commentary, Page A6-7 Do you know who your Kids’ friends are online? Pick up a copy of today’s The Kentucky Standard to get the latest Bardstown and Nelson County Guide. BARDSTOWN CABLE OFFERS My Friends INTERNET FILTERING PARENTS CONTROL For more information, contact us, and mention this ad. 348-1719 Brittany Michael Tyler Tiffany Thomas Kayla Grandma w w w. b a rd s t o w n c a b l e . n e t A man allegedly doused a New Haven house in gasoline and threatened to set it on fire during a domestic dispute Tuesday night. Jonathan Jeffires, 24, reportedly fled when New Haven Police Officer K.C. Holbert arrived at 390 N. First St. around 7:34 p.m., running in the direction of Second Street. “He was standing in the middle of the street when I got there and had a knife in his hand. When I got there Jonathan he dropped the knife and took off,” Jeffires Holbert said. “I had a good visual on him the whole time and was catching up to him.” About 100 yards from the house, Holbert sprained his ankle and had to abandon the pursuit. But only a short time later, Nelson County Sheriff’s Dep. Mike Clark allegedly spotted Jeffires returning to the house. “Mike said he was sitting up on Second Street and then [Jeffries] walked down through the yard, and as he was approaching the residence … he got a visual on Jeffires trying to open a window on the house to gain entry,” Holbert said. “Mike Clark ended up in another foot pursuit with him and chased him down.” By 10:34 p.m. Jeffires had been booked at the Nelson County Jail on charges of second-degree arson, first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, thirdSee ARSON, page A8 >> INSIDE Obituaries . . . . . . . A3 In The Kitchen . . . A5 Opinion . . . . . . . . A6-7 Social . . . . . . . . . . . A9 Sports . . . . . . . A10-11 Entertainment . . A12 Classifieds . . . A13-14 People/Places . . A15

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