Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of Kentucky's Affordable, Pre-Paid Tuition Program says the program should have sufficient funds to operate until at least 2026. In testimony before the Interim Joint Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Jo Carole Ellis said a recent actuarial analysis indicates the fund should see a surplus for the next 23 years.
Shepherdsville, KY – Bullitt County Circuit Judge Thomas Waller has ordered charges against David "Bucky" Brooks dismissed in the slaying of 17 year old Jessica Dishon. The Bullitt County girl disappeared from her home in September of 1999. Her body was found in a wooded area more than two weeks later.
A second trial for Brooks had been scheduled for November fifth. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a Sheriff's Detective testifed that Brooks had failed a lie-detector test.
Bowling Green, KY – The National Conference of State Legislatures has selected Representative Roger Thomas to serve as Chairman of its Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. The Democrat from Smiths Grove says he will work to assure that farming can "continue to thrive."
Somerset, KY – A 55 million dollar expansion has been announced by officials with the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. The 116 thousand square foot addition will connect with the east side of the current hospital facility.
The expansion will feature a cardiovascular unit and a critical care unit for neurosurgical patients. The addition will also contain an intermediate care unit.
Officials with the Hospital say the groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for October third.
Bowling Green, KY – A major gift to Western Kentucky University will be used to establish a Visiting Professorship in business leadership and ethics. The "Wendell Cherry Visiting Professorship" will be created through a gift of 250 thousand dollars from the Humana Foundation. The gift will be matched by 250 thousand dollars from the Commonwealth's Regional University Excellence Trust Fund.