Madisonville, Kentucky – Five people are dead following a morning house fire in Madisonville. Hopkins County Coroner John Walters says the victims include two adults and three children. The deaths appear to be due to smoke inhalation. The cause of the blaze is being investigated by state arson officials.
Washington, D.C. – The Appropriations Bill passed by the U.S. Congress contains a pair of provisions in support of Kentucky tobacco farmers. The bill, approved by both the House and Senate last night, contains a total of 53 million dollars designated for the nation's tobacco growers.
Washington, D.C. – Spending legislation approved last night by the U.S. House includes funding for several Kentucky projects, including an access road for the proposed Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark. A statement from the Office of Representative Ron Lewis indicates that the road will help to provide access to major highways such as 31-W and Interstate 65. The bill provides 1.7 million dollars for the Transpark access road.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Kentucky's Cabinet for Families and Children has become one of the first state-level agencies to voice support for a coalition against elder abuse. The Elder Justice Act was introduced on February tenth by U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch of Utah and John Breaux of Louisiana. That legislation requires FBI criminal background checks for nursing home aids, and the bill calls for better training for workers in the detection of abuse.
The Elder Justice Coalition includes several organizations trying to expand public awareness of elder abuse issues.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A House Committee has approved a bill that could eventually require the General Assembly to approve a budget every two years. House Bill 27 would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, allowing voters to decide whether lawmakers should be required to approve a budget.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Officials with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture say containers of the soft drink, Ski, will be shipped to Cuba later this month. The soft drink is expected to be the first of many agriculture products to be shipped to Cuba from Kentucky. The shipment is part of a seven million dollar agreement signed last September by Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Billy Ray Smith and Pedro Alvarez, the head of Cuba's food import agency.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House of Representatives have voted down a bill that would have outlawed smoking in college dorms. House Bill 88 was narrowly defeated by a 49 to 45 vote. Some lawmakers who opposed the measure said they preferred to let universities set their own policies on smoking. The bill was sponsored by Representative Jim Wayne of Louisville.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Officials at Fort Campbell say the 101st Airborne Division is deploying for an unspecified mission in the global war on terrorism. An undisclosed number of Black Hawk, Apache, and Chinook helicopters have been sent to a naval sea port as part of the deployment. Troopers in the 101st Airborne Division were among the first to face action in Afghanistan.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Greenwood High School student Matt Knight is one of seven Boy Scouts meeting with President Bush this week. Knight is credited with rescuing a girl from a drainage pipe full of water last year. He and other Scouts will present the "Report to the Nation" to President Bush. That report has been presented by the Scouts to every President since William Howard Taft.
Washington, DC – The office of US Senator Mitch McConnell says the Louisville Republican has been released from the National Naval Medical Center and is resting at his Washington, D.C. home. Kentucky's Senior Senator underwent triple by-pass surgery at the Bethesda, Maryland based Medical Center on February third.