Louisville/ Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky voters are heading to the polls today to choose nominees for offices ranging from the General Assembly to the Presidency. However, the lack of a heated race in the contests topping the ballot is expected to contribute to a relatively light turnout.
Turnout in Bowling Green is described as "light" and those voting this morning had little or no wait at the polls.
Frankfort, KY – A pair of military police units of the Kentucky National Guard have been alerted for a possible call up to active duty. The alert coincides with recent reports of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by some members of the military police in Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.
Frankfort, KY – Revenue experts say tax revenues are up in Kentucky, and the state could have at least seventy million dollars more than expected this fiscal year. Some lawmakers say the money could be saved for future budget problems or could help the House and Senate overcome differences to pass a budget.
Budget shortfalls have forced spending cuts in the past three years. But strong retail sales have boosted sales tax income above expectations.
Lexington, KY – A business cited for violating Lexington's smoking ban is challenging the law in court. Rather than pay the one hundred dollar fine for the health department's citation, Jackpot Bingo will fight the issue.
Attorney Jerry Wright entered a not guilty plea in Fayette District Court on behalf of the bingo hall. The case could result in the organization paying the fine plus court costs, but Wright predicts the bingo hall will prevail. He says the bingo hall is a non-profit organization.
Frankfort, KY – Sara Combs of Stanton has become the first female Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. She will succeed Judge Tom Emberton who publicly announced his retirement last week.
Combs is also the first person from eastern Kentucky elected as a chief judge. She will serve a four-year term. Combs was appointed to the Appeals Court by Governor Brereton Jones, to fill a vacancy in 1994. She won an election the following November and was re-elected in 2000.
Frankfort, KY – The former Superintendent of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park has been officially fired. Brian Roy, who once ran as a Democrat for Congress, was suspended by the Fletcher Administration in February. The Republican Administration charges that Roy misused state funds and employees.
Campbellsville, KY – A Congressional Round Table discussion is drawing attention to the job creation efforts in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The central Kentucky city suffered the loss of more than two thousand jobs in the late 1990s, when Fruit of the Loom closed a production facility there.
Louisville, KY – John Kerry's Campaign for President is planning an overnight stay in Kentucky. The Senator from Massachusetts will hold a rally at Louisville International Airport this evening, and will visit a Kentucky business tomorrow morning.
The Democrat from Massachusetts is then expected to attend a fund-raiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Tuesday afternoon. Kerry's visit comes one week before the Kentucky primary.
Frankfort, KY – A number of Kentucky's neediest three and four year old children will not receive dental screenings or access to other social services next year. Education officials in Frankfort say that's because funding for the state's pre-school program is not keeping pace with enrollment.
Frankfort, KY – The Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is planning to retire next month. Judge Tom Emberton of Edmonton, Kentucky is likely to be succeeded by Judge Sara Walter Combs of Stanton.
Combs says she has no apparent opposition for the the Chief Judgeship, which involves more administrative responsibility and carries a term which lasts four years. The Court's fourteen judges work within seven districts across Kentucky.