Bowling Green, KY – U-S Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) believes the American military presence in Iraq can be significantly reduced by the end of June. Speaking with reporters by phone from Kuwait today, Bunning said U-S officials in Iraq believe progress is being made in several aspects of the re-building effort, including work on refineries and utilities. He says "the general consensus" is that U-S manpower can be reduced to about one hundred thousand by that point.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher has endorsed a "fetal homicide" bill that would declare that life begins at conception. The legislation he is backing would apply homicide statutes to a fetus, from the time of conception.
Frankfort, KY – A bill directing lawmakers to fully fund Kentucky's state sponsored merit-based scholarship program has been approved by the House Education Committee. The bill deals with the KEES scholarship program, which is funded by proceeds from the Kentucky Lottery.
Funding for the program is expected to run three to five million dollars short in fiscal year 2006. The bill directs the General Assembly to make use of general fund dollars to make up for shortfalls in the funding.
Frankfort, KY – Rachel Fletcher, the Sister-in-law of Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher, has been hired by the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. She will be working as an executive secretary, starting Wednesday.
Frankfort, KY – Former Governor Patton's ex-labor liason is going to work for new Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo. Danny Ross was unsuccessfully prosecuted by previous Attorney General Ben Chandler, after he and three other individuals were indicted. They were accused of steering labor union funds to Patton's 1995 gubernatorial campaign, in violation of fund-raising limits.