Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Attorney General's Office has established a toll-free hotline to report cases of Medicaid abuse. Attorney General Greg Stumbo says the new hotline can be used to report billing abuse and cases of patient abuse or neglect.
Louisville, KY – A Republican Congresswoman from Louisville is criticizing a bumper sticker which associates John Kerry with Osama Bin Laden. The sticker appeared last week in the window of a G-O-P office in her district.
Representative Anne Northup, a long-time supporter of President Bush, says the bumper stickers that read, "Kerry is Bin Laden's Man, Bush in Mine," are inappropriate. She says the stickers should not be distributed by Republican campaigns.
Bowling Green, KY – Warren County has joined the list of Kentucky Counties filing for disaster relief as a result of last week's storms and high winds. The county is filing a 1.2 million dollar request after the storms left 25 thousand homes without power and downed numerous trees and power lines.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S Senate has approved a plan to put new restrictions on cigarette makers and to pay tobacco farmers to give up federal quotas. Approval of the legislative package came late Thursday afternoon.
Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has started taking proposals from companies to design two new bridges that would span the Ohio River. The 1.9 billion dollar project is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The project plan calls for building a new downtown Louisville bridge, and one on the east end.
Louisville/Bowling Green – Linemen from Tennessee and Georgia are heading to Louisville to help restore power after high winds downed thirteen hundred lines. Officials estimate that more than 115 thousand people were left without power by the high winds, which uprooted numerous trees across Kentucky.
Frankfort, KY – The State of Kentucky has received a Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Grant. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is the Chief Election Officer of the Commonwealth, says the 169 thousand dollar grant is coming from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Louisville, KY – A jury in Louisville has ruled in favor of C-S-X Railroad in a lawsuit brought by a former employee. The man had claimed that he suffered brain disease from exposure to toxic chemicals.
48 year old David Ray Burton alleged he developed chronic toxic encephalopathy for exposure to harmful solvents used in the railroad's Louisville yard. The disease is characterized by short-term memory loss, depression, anxiety and diminished mental function.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says he intends to recruit or help launch companies that turn plants into products such as pharmaceuticals. The Governor calls the approach "advanced agriculture."
The Governor today appointed an advisory panel for that purpose. The panel includes leaders from higher education, government, and industry. Fletcher says he believes Kentucky has a unique niche in advanced agriculture, and he points to companies like Large Scale Biology Incorporated in Owensboro.