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Legislative Briefs: School calendar bill heads to governor; shock probation rules tightened

A bill that would give school districts more leeway in setting school calendars is on its way to the governor’s desk after passing the Kentucky House Wednesday. Senate Bill 50, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, would allow school districts to operate on a “variable student instructional year” that would offer the same 1,062 or more hours of instructional time that’s...

Jim Gormley: Judge grants former policeman shock probation in Legacy trail injury case

During a hearing held in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday morning, July 12, Judge Pamela Goodwine granted a defense motion for shock probation and released former Lexington police officer Keith Todd from prison at Blackburn Correctional Institution, after he had served about six months of his 8-year sentence.   Todd pleaded guilty in November 2012 and was sentenced in January 2013 for second degree...

HB 28 would prohibit shock probation for those convicted of killing someone and DUI

Debbie Moskwa remembers the death of her son Ricky like it was yesterday. In May 2002 Ricky died after his car was struck head-on by a drunk driver who was racing with another drunk driver through traffic.   “The person who killed my son was sentenced to 13 years in jail, but because of shock probation served only eight months,” Moskwa told members of the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary....