Shepherdsville, KY – Bullitt County Circuit Judge Thomas Waller has ordered charges against David "Bucky" Brooks dismissed in the slaying of 17 year old Jessica Dishon. The Bullitt County girl disappeared from her home in September of 1999. Her body was found in a wooded area more than two weeks later.
A second trial for Brooks had been scheduled for November fifth. His first trial ended in a mistrial after a Sheriff's Detective testifed that Brooks had failed a lie-detector test.
Bowling Green, KY – The National Conference of State Legislatures has selected Representative Roger Thomas to serve as Chairman of its Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. The Democrat from Smiths Grove says he will work to assure that farming can "continue to thrive."
Somerset, KY – A 55 million dollar expansion has been announced by officials with the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. The 116 thousand square foot addition will connect with the east side of the current hospital facility.
The expansion will feature a cardiovascular unit and a critical care unit for neurosurgical patients. The addition will also contain an intermediate care unit.
Officials with the Hospital say the groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for October third.
Bowling Green, KY – A major gift to Western Kentucky University will be used to establish a Visiting Professorship in business leadership and ethics. The "Wendell Cherry Visiting Professorship" will be created through a gift of 250 thousand dollars from the Humana Foundation. The gift will be matched by 250 thousand dollars from the Commonwealth's Regional University Excellence Trust Fund.
Louisville, KY – State Senator David Karem, a Democrat from Louisville, says he will not seek re-election when his term ends next year. Speaking with reporters today, Karem said he had hoped to leave the Senate "under his own terms", and believes he will be able to accomplish that goal.
Karem says his decision was not influenced by the fact that Republicans now have control of the State Senate. The Lawmaker from Louisville was first elected to the State Senate in 1976.
Frankfort, KY – The top official at the Kentucky Virtual University will leave his post on September 15th. Daniel Rabuzzi, who is a native of New York, will go to New York city to become the head of the Leader to Leader Institute.
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education President Tom Layzell has appointed Norma Northern to serve as interim CEO of the Virtual University. Northern is currently the Chief Operating Officer.
Knoxville, TN – The three member board of the Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a rate hike of more than seven percent for residential and business customers. The board also lowered rates two percent for about 1500 manufacturers.
T-V-A says the money is needed to pay for pollution control equipment at its coal-fired power plants. A residential customer who uses one thousand kilowatt hours of power per month will seen an increase of less than four dollars.
Louisville, KY – Two missing children have been found unharmed, and their mother has surrendered to police. Authorities say the children had been taken from their Grandmother's house at knifepoint by their mother, after she lost custody of the youngsters. The children were found near a television station in Louisville.
Police say the woman's sister had been awarded temporary custody of the children, who are ages seven and six months.
Frankfort, KY--AP – A leader in the Kentucky House of Representatives says Kentucky would make more money with casinos than with electronic slot machines at race tracks. Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, who advocates more legalized gambling in the state, says competition between casinos and race tracks would be best for the state.