Frankfort, Kentucky – A proposed mandate that would require some health insurers to cover infertility treatments is drawing the attention of state lawmakers. The Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance is studying the issue, which could come before the General Assembly next year.
Representative Joe Barrows, a Democrat from Versailles, says it's an issue which requires a great deal of study, "before we come to any conclusions." Senator Albert Robinson of London, Kentucky expressed concern that the mandate could create problems for some private insurers.
Louisville, Kentucky – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler is unveiling a new program to help state residents buy drugs. The Kentucky Attorney General says his plan will bring "the purchasing power of the state to your medicine cabinet." Chandler's plan would form a purchasing compact to buy prescription drugs in volume and would promote the use of generic drugs.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – This year's tobacco crop in Kentucky and Tennessee is expected to be the smallest in more than 100 years. Growers blame pending lawsuits against cigarette makers, foreign competition and government controls. The head of Warren County's Farm Services Agency, Donald Dunn, says the reduced crop affects the state's overall economy from government to car dealers. He says his office has been advising growers to diversify their crops.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – An 82 year old Bowling Green woman, missing for nearly two days, has been found safely in Warren County.
Mattie Young, who has alzheimer's disease, was found early Thursday morning in the Richpond area of Warren County. She was described by rescue workers as being in "reasonably good health" and is in a local hospital for observation.
Crews had been using helicopters in their search for Young since she was reported missing Tuesday night.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Two men have been indicted in connection with the Katie Autry murder. Stephen Soules and Lucas Goodrum face charges of murder, complicity to commit murder, rape, sodomy and arson.
The Warren County Grand Jury handed up the indictments late Wednesday, the final day of their session. Autry died after being assaulted and burned in her dorm room on Western Kentucky University's campus in May.