Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.
Paducah, KY – Prosecutors have filed a motion, saying school shooter Michael Carneal doesn't have valid grounds to extend the deadline to ask for a new trial. McCracken County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Kaltenbach says Carneal waited too long to argue that defense experts have changed their minds about his mental state.
Washington, D.C./Bowling Green,KY – A ten billion dollar tobacco buyout plan is expected to go before the full U-S House of Representatives before Friday's adjournment. The provision was approved Monday night by the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Frankfort, KY – If Kentucky lawmakers would agree to the approach, Governor Ernie Fletcher says a special legislative session could be called----even after the end of the fiscal year. The current state budget expires at the end of June, and the new fiscal year begins July first.
Louisville, KY – The murder trial for a former Louisville police officer is now expected to start on September 20th. Mc Kenzie Mattingly appeared in Jefferson County Circuit Court this morning for a pretrial hearing. Mattingly is charged with murder in the January shooting death of 19 year old Michael Newby outside a Louisville liquor store.