Washington, D.C. – The U-S Commerce Department reports that new home sales in the South set a record last month, at a seasonally-adjusted 613 thousand homes. That figure marks a twenty percent increase from the same time last year.
Nearly half of all the new homes sold in the United States last month were in the Southern region, which includes seventeen states. Experts say relatively inexpensive land, mortgage rates, nice weather, and jobs are factors contributing to the sales performance in the South.
Bowling Green, KY – The Special Judge assigned to the Katie Autry murder case in Bowling Green is admonishing attorneys in the case not to talk to the media. At a pre-trial hearing in Bowling Green, Judge Tom Castlen said the case has already drawn plenty of media attention. The Judge urged defense and prosecution attorneys to "try the case in the courtroom."
Gilbertsville, KY – Former Democratic Congressional Candidate Brian Roy has appealed the state's intent to fire him as Manager of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Roy's attorney, Kerry Harvey, says his client has requested a "pre-termination" hearing to reply to allegations made by the Fletcher Administration.
Lexington, KY – After being upheld by a recent decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court, a smoking ban in Lexington goes into effect today. The ban prohibits smoking in most public buildings in a city which is located in the heart of the burley tobacco belt.
The new ban does not apply to private dwellings, rooms used for social functions, retail tobacco stores, or facilities operated by private organizations. The ban also does not apply to indoor smoking areas in government buildings.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has ordered flags at state office buildings to be flown at half-staff. The order coincides with funeral arrangements for First Lieutenant Robert Henderson the second of Alvaton, Kentucky, who was killed in action in Iraq.
First Lieutenant Henderson was a platoon leader for Detachment 1, 21-23rd Transportation Company for the Kentucky National Guard. He was killed when his convoy came under attack on April 17th, in Diwanlyah.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department of Employment Services says unemployment rates for February were down in 98 Kentucky counties---compared to February of 2003. In February of this year, fifteen counties had jobless rates of ten percent or higher, while 38 counties had jobless rates that high in the previous year.
Woodford County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at three percent. Magoffin County has a jobless rate of 16.2 percent, which is the highest in Kentucky.
Louisville, KY – A Federal Appeals court has refused to reconsider its decision to strike down Kentucky's 500 foot electioneering ban. The result could be that voters will face uncontrolled electioneering at the polls for the upcoming May primary.
Secretary of State Trey Grayson says he was disappointed by the decision by the Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Grayson warns that without extraordinary legal action, there will be no limits on electioneering for the May 18th primary.
Lexington, KY – A Federal Judge says Medicaid services should be reinstated to people whose nursing home or in-home care was cut off in Kentucky. U-S District Judge Joseph Hood says the people effected should be reinstated to Medicaid within fifteen days.
Gilbertsville, KY – Fletcher Administration officials are citing alleged misuse of state property and state merit employees as the reasons for firing Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park Superintendent Brian Roy. Roy's attorney says his client will fight the dismissal.
Evansville, IN – One man is dead and three people are injured in a helicopter crash in Southern Indiana. Authorities say the medical helicopter was flying a patient from Saint Joseph Hospital in Huntingburg to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville when it crashed near Lynnville.
State Police Sergeant Todd Ringle says the patient died. The patient has been identified as 63 year old Jerry Leonard of Birdseye, Indiana.