Lexington, KY – The brother of Kentucky's newest U-S Congressman is recovering from a gunshot wound. 37 year old Matthew Chandler was shot in the abdomen Tuesday as he sat in his car near a Lexington apartment complex. Chandler is the younger brother of Congressman Ben Chandler of Kentucky's Sixth District.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher has signed an agreement between the state and NASA that calls for Kentucky to have a larger role in developing research that could help in getting to Mars and the Moon. As part of the pact, Kentucky will have an office at the National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration's Ames Research Center in California. The Kentucky Science and Technology corporation will pay its own expenses and operate the office.
Bowling Green, KY – The Media Empire owned by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is being sued by Western Kentucky University and the company that handles the licensing rights for the mascot known as "Big Red." University officials say the Italian firm copied Big Red in developing an Italian media character named Gabbibo.
Frankfort, KY – Aides to Governor Fletcher say Communications Director Wes Irvin has stepped down from his job. Press Secretary Jason Keller says Wes Irvin returned to his native state of Virginia to spend time with his family.
Irvin had been singled out for criticism last week by House Speaker Jody Richards and House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins. The criticism was for Irvin's statement that Representative Harry Moberly of Richmond "should show up for work."
Louisville, Kentucky – They insist they're friends and hold no grudges over past meetings on the basketball floor. That's good, because Joe B. Hall of UK fame and former Louisville Coach Denny Crum have teamed up to do a talk-radio, call-in show.
Jeffersonville, Indiana – Clark County, Indiana jail inmates who helped remodel a building at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant have filed a lawsuit. They claim they were exposed to asbestos and other hazardous materials. The 21 inmates who helped convert the building into a training center for the sheriff's department are seeking $100,000 for future medical care, plus punitive damages and attorneys' fees.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has picked Central Kentucky engineer Marc Williams to serve as the state's new Commissioner of Highways. Williams is a Vice-President with Wilbur Smith Associates, an engineering firm which provides planning, design, and construction services for a variety of infrastructure projects. The firm did consulting work for the Kentucky TriModal Transpark project in northern Warren County.
Frankfort,KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has named retired Judge J.William Howerton of Paducah to serve on the Kentucky Lottery Board. Howerton replaces Tina Conner, who had previously resigned. Conner became involved in several controversies after she revealed that she was the former mistress of former Governor Paul Patton.
Howerton was a Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1976 until 1996.Howerton says he is honored to have been asked to serve on the Board.
Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky agency that investigates complaints of discrimination in housing and employment says she plans to furlough employees in fiscal year 2006.
Beverly Watts told a House Budget Subcommittee that the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has a growing caseload, but dwindling revenues.The furlough plan discussed by Watts would give the commission's 36 staffers two days off per month, without pay.