(Somerset, Ky.-AP) – Judge Paul Braden has denied a motion to exclude the death penalty in the case against 35 year old Jeff Morris. Defense Attorney Barbara Carnes had argued that Morris should not face the death penalty, since the man who has admitted to killing Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron has already received the lesser penalty of life in prison.
Bowling Green, KY – Officials with the Intermodal Transportation Authority say a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Monday, August 25th for the Kentucky Transpark. Warren County and Bowling Green officials are scheduled to attend the ceremony, which will begin at 11 a.m. Central time, at the Transpark site in northern Warren County.
Washington, D.C. – Columbia, Kentucky will receive nearly one million dollars in rural development funds from the USDA. The office of U.S. Senator Jim Bunning says the funds will be used to replace approximately four miles of waterlines and to install 45 new fire hydrants.
The funding includes a $495,000 Rural Development Grant and a $495,000 Rural Development Loan.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Optometrist Tracie Eads-Mullins has been sentenced to ten years in prison for Medicaid fraud, tax evasion, and theft. The Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control division of the Kentucky Attorney General's Office conducted a lengthy investigation in the case.
Prosecutors say Dr. Eads-Mullins billed thousands of dollars for tests that were never performed. She was also accused of billing for color photographs of the eyes, even though she didn't have the equipment necessary for such photographs.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – University President Gary Ransdell says Western Kentucky University will move ahead with the eighteen recommendations presented this week by a Campus Safety Task Force. The recommendations include proposals to increase educational efforts regarding the dangers of alcohol consumption, proposals to upgrade emergency phone systems, and a requirement that incoming freshmen should live in single gender residence halls.