Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has picked Central Kentucky engineer Marc Williams to serve as the state's new Commissioner of Highways. Williams is a Vice-President with Wilbur Smith Associates, an engineering firm which provides planning, design, and construction services for a variety of infrastructure projects. The firm did consulting work for the Kentucky TriModal Transpark project in northern Warren County.
Frankfort,KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has named retired Judge J.William Howerton of Paducah to serve on the Kentucky Lottery Board. Howerton replaces Tina Conner, who had previously resigned. Conner became involved in several controversies after she revealed that she was the former mistress of former Governor Paul Patton.
Howerton was a Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1976 until 1996.Howerton says he is honored to have been asked to serve on the Board.
Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky agency that investigates complaints of discrimination in housing and employment says she plans to furlough employees in fiscal year 2006.
Beverly Watts told a House Budget Subcommittee that the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has a growing caseload, but dwindling revenues.The furlough plan discussed by Watts would give the commission's 36 staffers two days off per month, without pay.
Frankfort, KY – The top ranking Democrat in the Kentucky General Assembly says Governor Fletcher should not abandon his pursuit of a new tax code. House Speaker Jody Richards says he and other Democrats in the House think change is needed.
Frankfort, KY – Leaders of the Democratic Majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives are calling on Governor Fletcher to present his tax modernization plan ---- in writing and to the public. In a letter written by legislative leaders, the House Democrats applaud the Governor's enthusiasm for tax reform.
Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky President Lee Todd has informed a group of lawmakers that students could see a 15 percent tuition increase next fall. Todd says efforts to deal with state budget cuts to higher education may force the tuition hike.
Students at the University of Kentucky had to pay 15 percent more to attend last fall. Even with the possible increase next fall, University officials say less than half of the 33 million dollars in operating revenue would be realized for next year.
Lexington, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler says it feels good to be on the winning side again. After losing last fall's gubernatorial race to Republican Ernie Fletcher, the former Attorney General has won the Congressional seat previously held by Fletcher.
Chandler handily defeated Alice Forgy Kerr and Libertarian candidate Mark Gailey. Kentucky's new Sixth District Congressman won 55 percent of the vote in the special election.
AP – Thousands of fighters from across the country are expected to attend the funeral of 40 year old Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan. She was shot Friday while responding to a domestic violence call and became Lexington's first black female firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Bowling Green, KY – Daviess County Circuit Judge Tom Castlen has been appointed to preside over the murder trials of Lucas Goodrum and Stephen Soules. They are the two men charged in connection with the death of Western Kentucky University student Katie Autry.
Frankfort, KY – Mary Evans Sias has been selected to be the next President of Kentucky State University. She replaces William H. Turner, who had served as interim President for more than a year. Turner was also one of four finalists for the position.
Sias has been an administrator at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has served as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and External Relations.