Lexington, KY – Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen has successfully undergone surgery this morning to remove a section of her colon, which contained a tumor. According to a news release from her office, a preliminary biopsy indicates that the growth was benign.
Dr. John Stewart performed the surgery at St.Joseph's Hospital in Lexington, and he anticipates a full recovery. Ms. Luallen in expected to stay in the hospital the next four to seven days.
Hopkinsville, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier has died of injuries suffered in a Christian County motorcycle crash. Coroner Dorris Lamb says 23 year old William Richardson the second died Sunday afternoon at the scene of the wreck. Lamb says Richardson died the result of a head injury.
State Police say Richardson was northbound on Bradshaw Road and was traveling at a high rate of speed when he entered a curve and lost control of the motorcycle.
Louisville, KY – A 24 year old Marine from Kentucky who was killed by hostile fire in Iraq will be buried this weekend. Funeral services for Lance Corporal Deshon Otey of Radcliff are scheduled for eleven A-M, eastern time, Saturday.
The Services will be held at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. He is to be buried with full military honors in Calvary Cemetary in Louisville. The Rifleman was based at Camp Pendleton, California.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher today issued a plan to get state government through the next quarter. The plan would fund the government in the absence of an enacted budget. The plan calls for spending more than nine billion dollars through September 30th.
Bowling Green, KY – The trial for a man accused of raping and killing a Western Kentucky University student has been delayed until spring of 2005. Lucas Goodrum had been scheduled to face a jury starting July 30th. Special Judge Thomas Castlen of Daviess County has granted a prosecution request to delay the trial until March 8th.
Louisville, KY – The Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is urging consumers to beware of some new on-line scams. Group spokesperson Sara Rolfingsmeier says "phishing" is the term used to describe unscrupulous e-mail practices which are designed to trick consumers into revealing bank account numbers or credit card information.
Winston-Salem, NC – The Federal Trade Commission is giving the green light to a marriage of the nation's number two and number three tobacco companies. A merger between R.J.Reynolds and Louisville-based Brown and Williamson will create a tobacco giant that will produce one third of the cigarettes in the United States.
Frankfort, KY – State Auditor Crit Luallen has released her findings and recommendations regarding the Kentucky Racing Commission. The report found no evidence of intent to defraud government, but the Auditor's Office did find that the Commission suffered from lax management and a disregard for standard business practices.
Clay, KY – About three hundred people in Webster County had to be evacuated from their homes today, after someone opened an anhydrous ammonia tank. An official with Webster County emergency management says the release created a dangerous situation.
Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in the month of May, unchanged from April's figures. The Department for Employment Services says the rate is a significant decline from the previous year's levels, however. In May of 2003, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was 6.2 percent.