Fort Campbell, Kentucky – The suspect in last weekend's grenade attack against members of the 101st Airborne has been moved to Mannheim, Germany. Military officials say Asan Akbar has spoken with a defense attorney and is presumed innocent until proven guilty. A pre-trial investigation will be conducted under the provisions of Article 32, the Code of Military Justice. The deadly grenade attack took place on March 23rd.
Louisville, Kentucky – Hunter Bates has decided not to appeal a court decision that he did not meet the residency requirements to run for Lieutenant Governor. As a result, gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher will be naming another running mate. In an emotional statement issued at Republican headquarters in Louisville, Bates said he was leaving the ticket with his head held high. Bates worked for several years in Washington as a legal counsel and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.
Frankfort, Kentucky – Governor Patton has signed legislation which encourages the development of a self-determination model for people with disabilities. House Bill 501 directs the Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities to make recommendations for such a model. The recommendations will be submitted to the Department of Medicaid Services.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A public ceremony will be held on April 24 to induct Joe Survant as Kentucky's Poet Laureate for 2003 and 2004. The ceremony will be held in the Capital Rotunda in Frankfort, starting at 10:00 AM, ET. The induction ceremony for Survant will be followed by a reception in the State Capital.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The budget package approved by Kentucky's General Assembly calls for cuts of 2.6% in the current fiscal year. The budget cut amounts to about 1.4 million dollars at Western Kentucky University. University President Gary Ransdell says that cut is "unpleasant", but manageable.
The General Assembly is continuing to provide full funding for the "Bucks for Brains" program, which has been used by Western in the past to help encourage private giving. The program provides endowment matching money.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Western Kentucky Hilltopper Basketball team and the WKU Lady Toppers are Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions. The Lady Toppers defeated Middle Tennessee State 86 to 83 in the final game of the Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament. The WKU men's team then defeated Middle Tennessee State by a score of 64 to 52. It was the third consecutive Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship for the Hilltoppers.
Campbellsville, Kentucky – The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a contract to a Campbellsville company to produce white and brown crewneck t-shirts for the armed forces. The contract with Campbellsville Apparel Company is for more than nine million dollars, to be spread over a two year period. The contract comes from the Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency.
Washington, D.C. – First District Congressman Ed Whitfield will meet with leaders in Turkey in an attempt to persuade those leaders to permit deployment of more than 60,000 U.S. troops. The Republican from western Kentucky and Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida co-chair the House Turkish Caucus. The U.S. hopes to use Turkey as a base for a northern operation, if a war starts against Iraq.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Former Hilltopper Defensive Coordinator David Elson has returned to Western Kentucky University to lead the 1AA National Championship football team. After leaving Western earlier this year to become an Assistant Coach at West Virginia, the 31 year old Elson says he intends to oversee an aggressive recruiting effort. The Butler University graduate is also hinting that the team will feature a balanced offense.
Former Hilltopper football coach Jack Harbaugh resigned from the position on February 28th.
Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky Senate has approved legislation that calls on Congress to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure that the Ten Commandments can be posted in public buildings, including schools. The Senate approved the measure by a 33 to 2 vote.