Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial election. The first post-election reports filed by their campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than 3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.
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.