Lexington, KY – Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher is at home, recovering from shoulder surgery. The 51 year old Fletcher underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
Kentucky's next governor injured his shoulder a few weeks ago when he fell on an escalator at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. Surgeons say the fall aggravated an old tennis injury.
Tikrit, Iraq – An Army helicopter crash near Saddam Hussein's hometown has killed six soldiers from the 101st Airborne. A spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division says the six were on board the chopper when it crashed into a riverbank near Tikrit.
Military officials are investigating to determine whether the helicopter was brought down by mechanical problems or hostile fire. The 101st Airborne is based at Fort Campbell.
Bowling Green, KY – The Speaker of the Kentucky House says Republican U-S Senator Mitch McConnell has been calling Kentucky Democrats in the House, asking them to switch parties. Speaker Jody Richards, a Democrat from Bowling Green, says some Democrats in the House have told him that Senator McConnell has placed calls to them, urging them to leave their political party. Richards says he has talked with his fellow Democrats and doesn't expect any to leave the party.
Washington, D.C. – The only Democrat in Kentucky's Congressional Delegation is asking the Defense Department to investigate allegations of "second rate" medical care being offered to some injured soldiers at Fort Knox. Soldiers at Fort Stewart, Georgia also reported similar conditions.
Fourth District Congressman Ken Lucas and Congressman Ike Skelton of Missouri have written a letter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld regarding the matter. 128 Congressional Democrats signed the letter.
Bowling Green, KY – Republican Congressman Ernie Fletcher defeated Democratic Attorney General Ben Chandler to become the first Republican governor in Kentucky since the early 1970s. Fletcher will leave his sixth district seat in the U-S House of Representatives to become governor.
Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Secretary of State John Y. Brown now says today's turnout in the gubernatorial election could be larger than his earlier prediction of forty percent. Some areas in the state are reporting a number of calls from voters wanting to know where they should go to vote.
Voter turnout in Warren County is described as "steady."
Bowling Green, KY – Warren Circuit Judge Tom Lewis heard arguments today on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the mother and aunt of Katie Autry. She's the student who died last May after being assaulted and burned in her residence hall room.
Bowling Green, KY – The governing board of Western Kentucky University has unanimously approved a mid-year tuition increase of $200. The new tuition rates will take effect for classes which start in January.
University President Gary Ransdell says the change is necessary because state funding has failed to keep pace with rapid enrollment growth. He describes Western as the "fastest growing public university in the state."
Bowling Green, KY – Kentucky Agriculture Commissoner Billy Ray Smith says lawmakers in Washington should support efforts to expand ethanol production. Speaking with Western's Public Radio, Smith stressed that ethanol fuels can help to provide a valuable market for farmers and can reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil.
House and Senate conferees have been trying to resolve differences over the issue in the new Energy Bill.
Bowling Green, KY – The governing Board of Western Kentucky University will vote Friday on a proposal to implement a mid-year tuition increase. The proposal, which is called "Its Academics Turn," would result in a 200 dollar per student tuition hike.