Louisville, KY – District and business leaders in Louisville are unveiling a sweeping new literacy plan today. The plan is aimed at getting all of the district's 97 thousand public school students reading at their appropriate grade levels in just four years.
The plan is backed by sixteen million dollars in district and business commitments. District leaders say the goal can be reached, and they stress that the plan will have benefits which will extend beyond a child's ability to read.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Paul Patton has appealed the Federal Government's decision earlier this month to deny Kentucky federal assistance for August storms that killed two people.
The storm destroyed eighty residences and damaged sixty others. Thirty nine year old Eugenia McClease and her six year old son, Jeffrey, were killed when their house washed into a tributary of the Kentucky River.
Danville, KY – A Police report indicates that Former Kentucky House Speaker Joe Clarke took his own life. Clarke's body was found in his Danville residence, and a handgun was found near his body.
Boyle County Coroner James Ramey believes Clarke died at about 7 PM Sunday evening. Clarke was a Democrat who was elected Speaker after his predecessor, Don Blandford, was convicted in a bribery scandal. Joe Clarke was seventy years old.
Owensboro, KY – Officials with Toyotetsu Mid-America are planning to add more than one hundred new jobs by next spring. Company Spokesman Christopher Cooper says the additional positions will be needed when the company starts to manufacture parts for two more vehicles.
Bowling Green, KY – The mother and aunt of murder victim Katie Autry have filed suit against Western Kentucky University, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, the WKU Student Life Foundation, and three resident assistants. The lawsuit claims the university and other named defendants failed to enforce policies or provide adequate security.
Bowling Green,KY – Officials at Western Kentucky University say a two million dollar commitment to endowed professorships in science has pushed the "Investing in the Spirit" campaign over the one hundred million dollar mark. University President Gary Ransdell says the latest gift, from Dr. William McCormack, will be used for new professorships in physics and biotechnology programs.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department for Employment Services says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent in July. The latest figures are up from the 5.9 percent recorded in June.
Compared to year-earlier statistics, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was up six tenths of one percent. Kentucky is one of 26 states reporting higher unemployment rates in July of this year than in July of 2002.
Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler has filed suit against five pharmaceutical companies. The Attorney General's office in Frankfort says the firms allegedly inflated average wholesale prices and bilked Medicaid and Medicare.
Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is currently running for Governor against Congressman Ernie Fletcher, says the alleged overcharges have cost taxpayers over one hundred million dollars.
Nashville,TN – About eleven hundred members of the Tennessee National Guard and Air National Guard will stay in the Persian Gulf for a full year. They are part of a group of about twenty thousand reservists who will be in the Gulf for 12 months.