Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Commonwealth of Kentucky more than 52 million dollars. The funding will be used for a variety of programs which include public facilities improvements, emergency relief projects, and home investment partnership programs.
More than 31 million dollars of the total will be in the form of Community Development Block Grant funds. Those dollars will be used for community projects, housing, and economic development.
Fallujah, Iraq – Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division came under grenade attack early today in an Iraqi town known as a hotbed of resistance to American forces. The U.S. military says one American soldier was killed and five were wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade. The military is conducting house-to-house searches for the assailants. The attack occurred in Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky Board of Education wants the State Legislature to pay for full-day kindergarten. It also wants to give school districts more money for students with limited proficiency in English.
Those are among the Board's funding priorities as it gears up for the 2004 General Assembly. The next legislative session is expected to set off fierce competition for funding from many interest groups. The Board may also ask the legislature to broaden the state's basic school funding formula to cover preschool education.
Chattanooga, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is not so fond of a new federal education initiative. Bredesen says the "No Child Left Behind" act is a perfect example of the federal goverment mandating something but not funding it.
Franklin, Kentucky – A third person is facing charges in connection with a Simpson County murder. Kentucky State Police have arrested 51-year old Rickie Allen McPeak at a truck stop in Indianapolis Friday night.
He has been charged with complicity to murder in connection with the death of 43-old year Jessie Frank George in April of 2002. The remains of George were discovered in an abandoned house in Simpson County.