Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court says a law designed to use driving privileges to spur teens to stay in school and make passing grades---- is unconstitutional. In a four to three ruling the high court noted the law applied only to 16 and 17 year olds in school districts with alternative education programs for students unable to succeed in a regular classroom. In other districts, students who dropped out or were academically deficient did not lose their licenses.
Frankfort, KY – Republican candidate Alice Forgy Kerr has received a call from President Bush, congratulating her on being chosen to run in the Sixth District Congressional race. A White House spokesman says Bush also told Kerr he looks forward to supporting her in the special election to fill the Sixth District seat.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says timing will be the key to plans to modernizing the tax system. Speaking to a group representing small businesses, Fletcher said he wants to see changes to make the state more "business friendly."
Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher says one of his former opponents in the gubernatorial primary will join his team in Frankfort. The Kentucky Governor says Robbie Rudolph of Murray will head the Finance and Administration Cabinet.
Rudolph is a western Kentucky tire dealer who ran as Rebecca Jackson's running mate in the May Republican primary. Fletcher says he and Rudolph developed a positive relationship during the campaign.
Rudolph is 48 years old. He is the owner of Rudolph tires.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has unveiled a first phase of a new plan to re-organize state government. The plan was compiled by a Blue Ribbon Commission on Governmental Organization and Efficiency, which had been charged with the responsibility of devising a new plan by Fletcher.
Versailles, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler has confirmed that he is a candidate for the Sixth District Congressional seat vacated by Governor Ernie Fletcher. Chandler lost to Fletcher in the November 4th gubernatorial election, but says his name recognition will never be higher than at the present time.
Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial election. The first post-election reports filed by their campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than 3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.
Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.
Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to serve as Secretary of Transportation in Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County who has been working on homeland security issues for the state.