Lexington/Bowling Green – Agriculture experts in Kentucky say the state's system for tracking cattle from farm to the grocery store could serve as an example for some other parts of the country. The Kentucky Beef Network has been installing new computer systems and equipment at livestock collection facilities and stockyards. Jim Akers, a beef expert with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture says the system has been a positive development.
Fort Campbell – Planeloads of soldiers are expected to return home to Fort Campbell in January. Officials say "Screaming Eagles" from the 101st Airborne Division have been fighting in Iraq since they were deployed to Kuwait in February.
Troops from the 101st have been involved in major combat operations, with about twenty thousand members of the air assault division fighting in Iraq. The troops settled in northern Iraq and have been helping to rebuild the country.
Bowling Green, KY – The head of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture says the fact that a case of mad cow disease was detected in Washington State is a good indication that the inspection system is working. Glenn Slack is the Chief Executive Officer of the Bowling Green-based group. He says the situation regarding the extent of mad cow disease in Washington state should become much clearer within a few days.
Louisville, KY – Kentucky's Homeland Security Director is calling on residents of the state to be vigilant as the nation's terror alert remains high. Director Ray Nelson of Kentucky's Office for Security Coordination is urging people to keep their eyes and ears open so they can report anything unusual to law enforcement officials.
Frankfort, KY – The economists who compile Kentucky's official revenue projections have revised their forecast. They say revenues for the rest of fiscal year 2004 will fall short of budget needs by 261 million dollars.
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.