Kuttawa, KY – The Kentucky State Police now say Interstate 24 near Kuttawa, Kentucky will remain closed in both directions for one to three days. A chemical used in the manufacture of pesticides has been burning at the scene, the result of a fire that broke out in the truck hauling the substance.
Frankfort, KY – Millionaire businessman and former political candidate Bruce Lunsford announced today that he is supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher. Lunsford ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in the May primary, before dropping out of the race.
Fletcher says he accepts Lunsford's support and he maintains the support is an indication that his campaign is able to build a consensus.
Karbala, Iraq – The Department of Defense says three 101st Airborne Division soldiers were killed in a firefight in Karbala. Forty three year old Lieutenant Colonel Kim Orlando of Tennessee was Commander of Fort Campbell's 716th Military Police Battalion. Twenty eight year old staff sergeant Joseph Bellavia of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was a military police team leader. Officials say twenty four year old Sean Gilley of San Bernadino, California was a team leader with the same company.
Bowling Green, KY – The Executive Committee of Western Kentucky University's Governing Board has approved a mid-year tuition increase. The panel voted for the two hundred dollar per semester increase after hearing a presentation from University President Gary Ransdell.
Lexington, KY – A University of Kentucky Hospital Spokesperson says Breathitt died shortly before midnight, last night. The former Kentucky governor had been in a coma since Friday, when he collapsed during a dinner speech at the University of Kentucky.
Bowling Green, KY – U-S Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is visiting Kentucky this week, campaigning for Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Ernie Fletcher. Chao is attending a series of rallies along with the candidate's wife, Glenna Fletcher.
Speaking in Kentucky this morning, Chao said the state lags behind too many other states in key areas. She is calling for improvements in education, health care, and business development. The Labor Secretary is the wife of U-S Senator Mitch McConnell.
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University has filed a motion to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the aunt and mother of Katie Autry, who died after being raped and burned in her dormitory room in May. Two men, Lucas Goodrum and Stephen Soules, are facing murder charges in connection with Autry's death, but they are not named in the lawsuit filed by Virginia White and Donnie Autry.
Louisville, KY – The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Kentucky has announced that he will give one-half million dollars to the campaign of his running mate, Ben Chandler. Louisville businessman Charlie Owen announced the five hundred thousand dollar donation today in Louisville.
Bowling Green, KY – Judge Tom Lewis indicated today that the first of the two men charged in the Katie Autry murder case will go to trial next summer. Judge Lewis scheduled a pre-trial hearing for February 18th.
Defense attorney Zack Kafoglis, who had represented defendant Stephen Soules, officially withdrew from the case. Kafoglis says that step was necessary for his client to receive the help of the Public Advocacy Office.
Lexington, KY – The former mistress of Kentucky Governor Paul Patton will be sentenced January eighth, after entering a guilty plea to a federal mail fraud charge. In exchange for the plea, federal prosecutors will recommend probation instead of prison time.