Louisville, KY – The maker of an artificial heart says a patient who received the device in early May is breathing on his own and is out of intensive care. Abiocor says the patient, who has not been publicly identified, is in stable condition.
The patient has lived more than sixty days at Jewish Hospital with the totally implantable pump. The patient is one of two people living with the softball-sized pump, which is made of titanium and plastic.
Washington, D.C. – Officials from the Bush Administration are scheduled to testify before Congress today, regarding problems encountered when Governor Fletcher's plane caused an evacuation of the U-S Capitol. The incident took place the day the body of former President Reagan was placed in the U-S Capitol for public processions.
Frankfort, KY – State tax collectors in Kentucky are working overtime this year. Officials say collection of delinquent taxes has increased about thirty percent for the year, with about 15 million dollars more collected than last year.
The acting Director of the Finance Cabinet says its the best six months for tax collection ever in the state. Officals say they have already taken in 68 million dollars in delinquent taxes during the first six months of the year.
Bowling Green, KY – The price of the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette sports car is going down, but some features that were standard in the past will now cost extra. The price of the car, which is built in Bowling Green, will start at 45 thousand dollars. That's a drop of about 400 dollars from the 2004 model.
Frankfort, KY – A group representing state employees has asked to join a lawsuit over the state budget. The group claims state workers should get a five percent pay raise this year.
The Kentucky Association of State Employees filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court. The group is contesting Governor Fletcher's decision to give state government employees a two percent pay raise this fiscal year, rather than a state-mandated five percent increase.