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.
Louisville, Kentucky – The Kentucky State Police are confirming that the sixteen year old girl who was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert has been found in Louisville. The Alert was issued after the girl was abducted at gun point from a motel in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Authorities say the girl was located, walking down the street near Churchill Downs. She was transported to Kosair Children's Hospital for observation. This was the first time the Amber Alert system had been activated for an abduction in Kentucky.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he will introduce a tobacco buy-out bill in the Senate. The Louisville Republican warns that it could be very difficult to get the bi-partisan support needed to win passage in the Senate, and he calls the legislation a "compromise" which has the backing of tobacco state lawmakers.
McConnell says the bill will not provide "everything everybody wants," but he maintains that it could provide fair compensation to growers and quote owners.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A proposed mandate that would require some health insurers to cover infertility treatments is drawing the attention of state lawmakers. The Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance is studying the issue, which could come before the General Assembly next year.
Representative Joe Barrows, a Democrat from Versailles, says it's an issue which requires a great deal of study, "before we come to any conclusions." Senator Albert Robinson of London, Kentucky expressed concern that the mandate could create problems for some private insurers.
Louisville, Kentucky – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler is unveiling a new program to help state residents buy drugs. The Kentucky Attorney General says his plan will bring "the purchasing power of the state to your medicine cabinet." Chandler's plan would form a purchasing compact to buy prescription drugs in volume and would promote the use of generic drugs.