Frankfort, KY – Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his running mate in the recent gubernatorial election as the next Justice Cabinet Secretary in Kentucky. Fletcher says Steve Pence will serve a dual role as Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Justice.
Pence is a former federal prosecutor who plans to focus on fighting Kentucky's drug problems. During the gubernatorial campaign, Pence had promised to be a working Lieutenant Governor who would take an active role in the administration.
Louisville, KY – Frito-Lay Incorporated will close its snack manufacturing plant in Louisville next month, putting 326 employees out of work. Employees at the 41 year old facility were notified today and received a paid day off.
Louisville, KY – The Kentucky State Police say the highway death rate in the Commonwealth is on pace to become the highest in nearly twenty years. Eight people died on the state's highways during the four day Thanksgiving holiday period, bringing the year-to-date toll to 848.
Bowling Green, KY – Warren Circuit Court Judge Tom Lewis has granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Western Kentucky University and five employees of the institution. The civil suit had been filed by the estate of Melissa Kaye Autry, who died after being burned and assaulted in her residence hall room last May.
Nicholasville, KY – Four Republican legislators who want Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher's seat in Congress made a joint debut at a public forum. About 130 people attended the forum, at which each of the hopefuls talked about past legislative accomplishments and conservative credentials. Those attending were State Senators Alice Forgy Kerr and Tom Buford, as well as State Representatives Lonnie Napier and Stan Lee.
Lexington, KY – Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his new Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy. Keith Rogers, who is currently the District Director for Second District Congressman Ron Lewis, will move to that job on December ninth.
Rogers is a Hardin County farmer who also served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Agriculture for Congressman Lewis, before becoming District Director.
Bowling Green, KY – Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems has announced that it will discontinue cable reel manufacturing at its Smith Grove Road location in Scottsville, Kentucky. The change will result in the loss of about 160 jobs between March and September of 2004.
Executive Vice President David Jean says Sumitomo's parent companies have decided to get out of cable reel production. He says a much larger customer base is needed to fund the technology necessary to remain competitive.
Lexington,KY – Former Kentucky Educational Television Executive Director Virginia Fox will become Kentucky's Secretary of Education. Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher made the announcement this morning at an elementary school in Lexington.
Bowling Green/Washington D.C. – U-S Senator Jim Bunning says the new energy bill will create jobs and help the environment in Kentucky. The Republican from northern Kentucky says he is especially pleased that provisions relating to clean coal technology are in the final package. Those provisions will provide tax incentives for companies which adopt clean coal technology.