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.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher is asking for federal funding for Kentucky counties hit hard by five days of heavy storms. Fletcher is asking President Bush to declare a "major disaster" in Kentucky. The Governor sent a letter, stating that storm damages pose an immediate and long term threat to the well-being of thousands of residents of Kentucky.
Frankfort,KY – The man elected Chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party less than five months ago may have to fight to keep the job at the Democratic Party's state convention, which will be held June 19th. Bill Garmer says he's been the object of a telephone survey of convention delegates. The party's executive director, Eddie Jacobs, says one of the questions being posed is whether the delegates would prefer Garmer or the man he defeated for the Chairmanship in January.
Washington, D.C. – House Republicans have agreed on a bill to buy out tobacco farmers. The government would put about ten billion dollars into the five year buy out program. In return, tobacco producers would give up a depression era system that has propped up the price of leaf through quotas.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's Homeland Security Director says he would like to have more exemptions to the state's Open Records Act. Erwin Roberts, who heads the Office of Homeland Security, says documents such as vulnerability assessments shouldn't be accessible to the public. Roberts made the statements to an Interim Legislative Committee in Frankfort.