By From staff and wire reports

CCPS accepting early kindergarten requests

The Christian County Board of Education has enacted an early entrance policy for future kindergarten students. The deadline for written requests is March 31.

Students must turn 5 years old on or before Aug. 1 to enroll in the 2020-21 school year. Parents can pick up a request petition for early entrance from their child’s zoned school.

Kentucky House approves $35M loan for hospital acquisition

Lawmakers in the Kentucky House approved a bill to loan $35 million to the University of Louisville to support its acquisition of a health care system which includes a hospital.

The statehouse voted 86-7 on Wednesday to pass House Bill 99, news outlets reported. The university recently acquired Jewish Hospital and other KentuckyOne Health properties.

The university plans to use the facilities to assist with its School of Medicine, according to news outlets. Last month, the school said it would hire almost 400 nurses and doctors across the health care system.

The original request was for $50 million, but the loan amount was reduced because of cost savings and increased revenues gained from the transaction, UofL President Neeli Bendapudi said.

The state director of Americans for Prosperity opposed the passage of the bill. Andrew NcNeil released a statement saying, “the Frankfort spending trail rolls on with the taxpayers stuck paying the IOUs,” the Courier Journal reported.

Up to half of the loan is forgivable if certain conditions are met, including retaining jobs and providing care to underserved communities.

The measure still needs to pass the state Senate and then be signed by the governor.

Funding announced for 3 western Kentucky projects

Funding has been announced for three major western Kentucky infrastructure projects.

The Army Corps of Engineers will provide

$63 million to complete the Olmsted Locks and Dam, $61 million for Kentucky Lock and $4 million for the Paducah floodwall, according to a statement Wednesday from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The Olmsted Locks and Dam has been operational since 2018, but work is still being done to remove Locks and Dam 52 and 53, which should be completed by the end of 2020, WPSD-TV reports.

Construction on Kentucky Lock continues and is slated for completion in 2024.

McConnell said the projects are vital to the region.

“Billions of dollars of goods flow through Olmsted and the Kentucky Lock every year, supporting good jobs and helping build strong Kentucky communities along our inland waterways,” he said.

Funding for the Paducah floodwall will go toward maintenance and upkeep.

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