Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.
Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to serve as Secretary of Transportation in Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County who has been working on homeland security issues for the state.
Shepherdsville, KY – A spokesman for a company that makes food-packaging products says Shepherdsville will be the site of a distribution center. This is the latest in a string of business deals in recent months for the Bullitt County Community.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his running mate in the recent gubernatorial election as the next Justice Cabinet Secretary in Kentucky. Fletcher says Steve Pence will serve a dual role as Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Justice.
Pence is a former federal prosecutor who plans to focus on fighting Kentucky's drug problems. During the gubernatorial campaign, Pence had promised to be a working Lieutenant Governor who would take an active role in the administration.
Louisville, KY – Frito-Lay Incorporated will close its snack manufacturing plant in Louisville next month, putting 326 employees out of work. Employees at the 41 year old facility were notified today and received a paid day off.