Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Department for Employment Services says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent in July. The latest figures are up from the 5.9 percent recorded in June.
Compared to year-earlier statistics, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was up six tenths of one percent. Kentucky is one of 26 states reporting higher unemployment rates in July of this year than in July of 2002.
Frankfort – Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler has filed suit against five pharmaceutical companies. The Attorney General's office in Frankfort says the firms allegedly inflated average wholesale prices and bilked Medicaid and Medicare.
Attorney General Ben Chandler, who is currently running for Governor against Congressman Ernie Fletcher, says the alleged overcharges have cost taxpayers over one hundred million dollars.
Nashville,TN – About eleven hundred members of the Tennessee National Guard and Air National Guard will stay in the Persian Gulf for a full year. They are part of a group of about twenty thousand reservists who will be in the Gulf for 12 months.
Washington, D.C. – Both United States Senators from Kentucky say Congress will approve additional funding for the military and re-building efforts in Iraq. Speaking on National Public Radio, Senator Mitch Mc Connell of Louisville predicted Sunday's request by President Bush will be approved by a large, bi-partisan majority.
Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of Kentucky's Affordable, Pre-Paid Tuition Program says the program should have sufficient funds to operate until at least 2026. In testimony before the Interim Joint Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education, Jo Carole Ellis said a recent actuarial analysis indicates the fund should see a surplus for the next 23 years.
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.