Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has ordered flags at state office buildings to be flown at half-staff. The order coincides with funeral arrangements for First Lieutenant Robert Henderson the second of Alvaton, Kentucky, who was killed in action in Iraq.
First Lieutenant Henderson was a platoon leader for Detachment 1, 21-23rd Transportation Company for the Kentucky National Guard. He was killed when his convoy came under attack on April 17th, in Diwanlyah.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Employment Services says unemployment rates for February were down in 98 Kentucky counties---compared to February of 2003. In February of this year, fifteen counties had jobless rates of ten percent or higher, while 38 counties had jobless rates that high in the previous year.
Woodford County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at three percent. Magoffin County has a jobless rate of 16.2 percent, which is the highest in Kentucky.
Louisville, KY – A Federal Appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision to strike down Kentucky's 500 foot electioneering ban. The result could be that voters will face uncontrolled electioneering at the polls for the upcoming May primary.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson says he was disappointed by the decision by the Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Grayson warns that without extraordinary legal action, there will be no limits on electioneering for the May 18th primary.
Lexington, KY – A Federal Judge says Medicaid services should be reinstated to people whose nursing home or in-home care was cut off in Kentucky. U-S District Judge Joseph Hood says the people effected should be reinstated to Medicaid within fifteen days.
Gilbertsville, KY – Fletcher Administration officials are citing alleged misuse of state property and state merit employees as the reasons for firing Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Superintendent Brian Roy. Roy's attorney says his client will fight the dismissal.
Evansville, IN – One man is dead and three people are injured in a helicopter crash in Southern Indiana. Authorities say the medical helicopter was flying a patient from Saint Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville when it crashed near Lynnville.
State Police Sergeant Todd Ringle says the patient died. The patient has been identified as 63 year old Jerry Leonard of Birdseye, Indiana.
Frankfort, KY – A Kentucky Army National Guardsman from Warren County has been killed in Iraq. First Lieutenant Robert Henderson the Second was killed Saturday near the Southern Iraqi city of Diwaniyah.
The State Department of Military Affairs reports the 33 year old Henderson was a Platoon Leader in the Owensboro- based Detachment 1, 21-23rd Transportation Company. The unit was deployed in January.
Richmond, KY – One person has been killed and a state legislator has been injured in a highway crash in Richmond. Representative Harry Moberly was treated for broken bones at Pattie A. Clay hospital in Richmond.
The Madison County Coroner's office confirms that a second person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Identity of the victim has been withheld, pending notification of family members.
Frankfort, KY – The number of students participating in the Governor's Scholars Program will be reduced this year, to save 300 thousand dollars in the state budget. The program recognizes outstanding high school students in Kentucky and has served one thousand students per year in the past.
However, the names of 150 students have been trimmed from the program. The cuts come two days after Kentucky lawmakers adjourned the 2004 General Assembly without solving a budget stalemate.
Louisville, KY – A non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. has named Louisville one of eleven mid-sized cities in the nation it calls "most livable." The Partners for Livable Communities says Louisville embraces a high-tech economy and has good housing,good neighborhoods, and a growing downtown.
Louisville was the only Kentucky city to make the list, which does not rank the cities from one to eleven.