Bowling Green, Kentucky – The investigation into a fire in Hugh Poland Hall, a nine-story co-ed residence hall is continuing. Melissa K. Autry, a freshman from Pellville, Kentucky, was injured in a fire in her room at about 4 AM. The fire was extinguished by the hall's sprinkler system. She was rescued by Bowling Green firefighters and taken to the Medical Center at Bowling Green. She was then transferred to Vanderbilt University Hospital. Autry was admitted to the hospital's burn unit in critical condition.
Nashville, Tennessee – A Nashville judge has set a date in December for an appeal hearing in one of Paul Denis Reid's three murder cases. Reid was within 4 hours of being executed when he decided to resume his appeals Monday night. In the last minute appeal Reid signed, there's a claim that prosecutors didn't disclose "favorable" evidence that would exonerate him in seven murders of fast food workers in 1997.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – An officer with a Fort Campbell based special operations unit will receive one of the highest military honors for helping put down a Taliban prisoner uprising in Afghanistan. The unnamed officer has been approved to receive the Distinguished Service Cross. His name is not being released because he is still deployed overseas.
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.