Frankfort, KY – State officials say 13 people died in crashes on Kentucky's roads over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The deaths were the result of ten separate wrecks, and only three of the thirteen people killed were wearing seat belts at the time of their accidents. State police say alcohol played a role in four of the accidents.
Bowling Green, KY – A Bowling Green woman wanted on check forgery charges for more than four years has been caught in North Carolina. Kentucky State Police say 43 year old Donna Howard was picked up in Greensboro, North Carolina yesterday.
She had been on Kentucky's most wanted list for fifteen counts of forgery in the second degree, since April of 2000. She was indicted in Barren County for allegedly forging checks on an elderly woman's account there.
Louisville, KY – Doctors have implanted an Abiocor artificial heart in a critically ill patient this week at Louisville's Jewish Hospital. The nine hour surgery was performed Monday by a medical team led by Doctors Rob Dowling and Laman Gray.
Hospital spokeswoman Linda McGinity Jackson says the male patient is in critical, but stable, condition. The device's maker, Abiomed Incorporated, says the procedure went "well and without complication."
Lexington.KY – A Federal Judge is giving State Medicaid officials and advocates for the disabled until the end of the week to resolve the remaining issues in a class action lawsuit. The suit relates to stricter Medicaid eligibility rules.
Washington, DC – 615 thousand dollars in grants will be used to support four cooperative conservation efforts in Kentucky. Interior Secretary Gail Norton says the projects which will benefit range from protecting bat habitats in Mammoth Cave to restoring endangered mussels in the Green River.
Washington, DC – A federal judge has ruled that the government can seek billions of dollars in tobacco industry profits as part of a civil racketeering suit against cigarette companies. The tobacco industry had argued in a motion that the government should not be allowed to seek 280 billion dollars that Justice Department lawyers allege was earned through fraud.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Parks Commissioner George Ward has announced a new "professional appearance" policy. He's informed park managers at fifty state parks and historical sites that employees must keep their hair clean and trim, which means above the collar for men.
The employees will also be required to cover all tattoos with long sleeves or bandages, if necessary. They will also be required to remove visible body piercings. Women employees will be allowed to wear ear rings in the lobes.
Louisville, KY – The Campaign of Democratic Candidate Tony Miller says Republican incumbent Anne Northup is spending too much and promoting herself about meetings on a new Medicare benefit. In particular, the Miller camp points to a mailing to older constituents about meetings on the benefit.
Miller says Northup charges taxpayers for what amounts to a campaign mailer. He is also criticizing the use of glossy photos in the mailer, including a picture of Northup.
Frankfort, KY – A State employee questioned during an investigation that led to the firing of a State Park Manager has asked for a probe of her own. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park employee Augusta Graham claims Commerce Cabinet attorneys misled her about whether she needed a lawyer present.