Bowling Green, Kentucky – University officials say Western Kentucky University has established a new record for Spring enrollment this year. A total of 16,827 students have registered for the Spring semester. Registrar Freida Eggleton says enrollment has increased by more than 1,000 students since the Spring semester last year. WKU officials say the institution is now the fastest growing university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Professor Dick Cantrell of the Western Kentucky University Economics Department says the US economy is quite capable of withstanding the impact of the war in Iraq. Appearing on the Mid-Day Edition on Western's Public Radio, Cantrell pointed out that the US economy is relatively strong, despite some disappointing economic reports in recent months. Cantrell predicts that consumers should expect some volatility in oil prices until the war is concluded.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Officials at Fort Campbell confirm that Specialist Brandon J. Rowe, 20, of Company C, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment was killed in combat on March 31st. Rowe was a native of Roscoe, Illinois. Rowe arrived at Fort Campbell in January of last year. He was single and is survived by his parents.
Corbin, Kentucky – Tax credits from the state of Kentucky will help to clear the way for the rebuilding of an insulation plant that exploded in February. The explosion at CTA Acoustics killed six workers, and left several others with severe burns. The company, which manufactures insulation for use in the automotive industry, is planning to build a new plant at the Southeast Regional Business Park in Knox County. The tax credits from the state of Kentucky total more that 33 million dollars.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – The suspect in last weekend's grenade attack against members of the 101st Airborne has been moved to Mannheim, Germany. Military officials say Asan Akbar has spoken with a defense attorney and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial investigation will be conducted under the provisions of Article 32, the Code of Military Justice. The deadly grenade attack took place on March 23rd.
Louisville, Kentucky – Hunter Bates has decided not to appeal a court decision that he did not meet the residency requirements to run for Lieutenant Governor. As a result, gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher will be naming another running mate. In an emotional statement issued at Republican headquarters in Louisville, Bates said he was leaving the ticket with his head held high. Bates worked for several years in Washington as a legal counsel and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Governor Patton has signed legislation which encourages the development of a self-determination model for people with disabilities. House Bill 501 directs the Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities to make recommendations for such a model. The recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Medicaid Services.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A public ceremony will be held on April 24 to induct Joe Survant as Kentucky's Poet Laureate for 2003 and 2004. The ceremony will be held in the Capital Rotunda in Frankfort, starting at 10:00 AM, ET. The induction ceremony for Survant will be followed by a reception in the State Capital.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The budget package approved by Kentucky's General Assembly calls for cuts of 2.6% in the current fiscal year. The budget cut amounts to about 1.4 million dollars at Western Kentucky University. University President Gary Ransdell says that cut is "unpleasant", but manageable.
The General Assembly is continuing to provide full funding for the "Bucks for Brains" program, which has been used by Western in the past to help encourage private giving. The program provides endowment matching money.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Western Kentucky Hilltopper Basketball team and the WKU Lady Toppers are Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions. The Lady Toppers defeated Middle Tennessee State 86 to 83 in the final game of the Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The WKU men's team then defeated Middle Tennessee State by a score of 64 to 52. It was the third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship for the Hilltoppers.