Washington, DC – The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved an energy bill that includes a clean coal initiative written by Kentucky's Jim Bunning. The Republican's proposal would authorize nearly two billion dollars over ten years for the Department of Energy to carry out activities under the Clean Coal Power Initiative. The program is a cost-shared partnership between the government and industry where the D.O.E. may provide up to 50% in financial assistance to projects that increase investment in clean coal technologies.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University's Nursing Program has received a gift of $475,000 from Greenview Regional Hospital. University officials say the funding will be used to establish new scholarships for nursing students and to enhance faculty training and recruitment. University President Gary Ransdell says the program is a "perfect example" of public/private partnerships in higher education.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Tom Layzell has officially started his new job as president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Layzell held similar positions in Mississippi and Illinois before coming to Kentucky. The CPE coordinates change and improvement in Kentucky's colleges and universities.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Officials with the Kentucky Department of Public Health have reported the second suspected case of severe acute respiratory syndrome in the state. The patient is now recovering at home, after being hospitalized in isolation for several days. The unidentified patient lives in Western Kentucky and poses no risk to others, according to officials.
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.