Louisville/Bowling Green – Linemen from Tennessee and Georgia are heading to Louisville to help restore power after high winds downed thirteen hundred lines. Officials estimate that more than 115 thousand people were left without power by the high winds, which uprooted numerous trees across Kentucky.
Frankfort, KY – The State of Kentucky has received a Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Grant. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is the Chief Election Officer of the Commonwealth, says the 169 thousand dollar grant is coming from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Louisville, KY – A jury in Louisville has ruled in favor of C-S-X Railroad in a lawsuit brought by a former employee. The man had claimed that he suffered brain disease from exposure to toxic chemicals.
48 year old David Ray Burton alleged he developed chronic toxic encephalopathy for exposure to harmful solvents used in the railroad's Louisville yard. The disease is characterized by short-term memory loss, depression, anxiety and diminished mental function.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says he intends to recruit or help launch companies that turn plants into products such as pharmaceuticals. The Governor calls the approach "advanced agriculture."
The Governor today appointed an advisory panel for that purpose. The panel includes leaders from higher education, government, and industry. Fletcher says he believes Kentucky has a unique niche in advanced agriculture, and he points to companies like Large Scale Biology Incorporated in Owensboro.
Louisville, KY – Congressional Candidate Nick Clooney is calling for the repeal of federal tax breaks for companies that shift jobs overseas.Clooney is running against Republican Geoff Davis in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District.
Clooney, who is a Democrat, says Congress should reward tax incentives to companies that expand their work forces in the United States. The Davis campaign says their candidate supports a tax system that encourages U-S productivity.
Louisville, KY – The maker of an artificial heart says a patient who received the device in early May is breathing on his own and is out of intensive care. Abiocor says the patient, who has not been publicly identified, is in stable condition.
The patient has lived more than sixty days at Jewish Hospital with the totally implantable pump. The patient is one of two people living with the softball-sized pump, which is made of titanium and plastic.
Washington, D.C. – Officials from the Bush Administration are scheduled to testify before Congress today, regarding problems encountered when Governor Fletcher's plane caused an evacuation of the U-S Capitol. The incident took place the day the body of former President Reagan was placed in the U-S Capitol for public processions.
Frankfort, KY – State tax collectors in Kentucky are working overtime this year. Officials say collection of delinquent taxes has increased about thirty percent for the year, with about 15 million dollars more collected than last year.
The acting Director of the Finance Cabinet says its the best six months for tax collection ever in the state. Officals say they have already taken in 68 million dollars in delinquent taxes during the first six months of the year.
Bowling Green, KY – The price of the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette sports car is going down, but some features that were standard in the past will now cost extra. The price of the car, which is built in Bowling Green, will start at 45 thousand dollars. That's a drop of about 400 dollars from the 2004 model.
Frankfort, KY – A group representing state employees has asked to join a lawsuit over the state budget. The group claims state workers should get a five percent pay raise this year.
The Kentucky Association of State Employees filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court. The group is contesting Governor Fletcher's decision to give state government employees a two percent pay raise this fiscal year, rather than a state-mandated five percent increase.