Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher says this weekend's Kentucky Derby offers some good opportunities to talk about business in the state. Fletcher says some key business executives have been invited to Derby activities, including a special dinner to be held Friday night.
The state dinner will be held in the Capitol building in Frankfort. The Governor says he got the idea for holding such gatherings in the building while he served as a member of Congress.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S Commerce Department reports that new home sales in the South set a record last month, at a seasonally-adjusted 613 thousand homes. That figure marks a twenty percent increase from the same time last year.
Nearly half of all the new homes sold in the United States last month were in the Southern region, which includes seventeen states. Experts say relatively inexpensive land, mortgage rates, nice weather, and jobs are factors contributing to the sales performance in the South.
Bowling Green, KY – The Special Judge assigned to the Katie Autry murder case in Bowling Green is admonishing attorneys in the case not to talk to the media. At a pre-trial hearing in Bowling Green, Judge Tom Castlen said the case has already drawn plenty of media attention. The Judge urged defense and prosecution attorneys to "try the case in the courtroom."
Gilbertsville, KY – Former Democratic Congressional Candidate Brian Roy has appealed the state's intent to fire him as Manager of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Roy's attorney, Kerry Harvey, says his client has requested a "pre-termination" hearing to reply to allegations made by the Fletcher Administration.
Lexington, KY – After being upheld by a recent decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court, a smoking ban in Lexington goes into effect today. The ban prohibits smoking in most public buildings in a city which is located in the heart of the burley tobacco belt.
The new ban does not apply to private dwellings, rooms used for social functions, retail tobacco stores, or facilities operated by private organizations. The ban also does not apply to indoor smoking areas in government buildings.