Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in the month of May, unchanged from April's figures. The Department for Employment Services says the rate is a significant decline from the previous year's levels, however. In May of 2003, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was 6.2 percent.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S House has voted to pay tobacco farmers for giving up their government price supports. A plan that was approved Monday night by the House Ways and Means Committee was approved by the full House Thursday afternoon.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a fetus is a person as long as it is "viable" or capable of surviving outside the womb. The Court ruled that the wrongful killing of such a fetus can be prosecuted as a homicide.
The Court discards its longheld rule that a fetus was not a person, and its death was not a homicide, until a live birth occurred.
Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky authorities are warning motorists to use caution around interstate rest stops in the Commonwealth, after a rape at a Kentucky Welcome Center. The assault reportedly took place at the Welcome Center on Interstate 75, just north of the Tennessee border.
Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.
Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed their minds about his mental state.
Washington, D.C./Bowling Green,KY – A ten billion dollar tobacco buyout plan is expected to go before the full U-S House of Representatives before Friday's adjournment. The provision was approved Monday night by the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Frankfort, KY – If Kentucky lawmakers would agree to the approach, Governor Ernie Fletcher says a special legislative session could be called----even after the end of the fiscal year. The current state budget expires at the end of June, and the new fiscal year begins July first.
Louisville, KY – The murder trial for a former Louisville police officer is now expected to start on September 20th. Mc Kenzie Mattingly appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court this morning for a pretrial hearing. Mattingly is charged with murder in the January shooting death of 19 year old Michael Newby outside a Louisville liquor store.
Frankfort, KY – The Fletcher Administration says the state spent 1.9 million dollars last year, on nearly 53 hundred cell phones. Fletcher Chief of Staff Daniel Groves says that's one phone for about every seven state employees.
In a release issued by the Governor's office, officials said about 200 phones that were not being used have been located. The state was still paying for the unused cell phones, according to Fletcher spokesman Daniel Groves.