Frankfort, KY – The Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals is planning to retire next month. Judge Tom Emberton of Edmonton, Kentucky is likely to be succeeded by Judge Sara Walter Combs of Stanton.
Combs says she has no apparent opposition for the the Chief Judgeship, which involves more administrative responsibility and carries a term which lasts four years. The Court's fourteen judges work within seven districts across Kentucky.
Louisville, KY – Water deaths now rank as the third-leading cause of unintentional fatalities in Kentucky. Child safety advocates are urging people who own backyard pools to install and lock fences around the pools.
Erica Kravecs of Kosair Children's Hospital points out that many children who have survived drowning incidents still suffer serious brain injury. Kravecs warns that youngsters can suffer serious injuries within a matter of minutes in the water.
New Castle, KY – The U-S Drug Enforcement Administration says Kentucky State Police may have seized the biggest cocaine shipment in Kentucky history. The shipment was interrupted Saturday in Henry County.
Investigators aren't saying where the shipment was headed, but they have made two arrests in the case. The seizure came after a traffic stop on Interstate 71.
Frankfort, KY – The state of Kentucky is going to add another penny per gallon in gasoline tax. The increase will take effect by July.
The tax is based on a 24 year old law that calls for a temporary increase in the state's gas tax when the wholesale price that stations pay averages more than one dollar and eleven cents, over a selected month.
Frankfort, Ky – Kentucky's Seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate went up from 5.3 percent to 5.5 percent in March. The Department for Employment Services points out that the figure for March was down from the previous year's level, however.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher says this weekend's Kentucky Derby offers some good opportunities to talk about business in the state. Fletcher says some key business executives have been invited to Derby activities, including a special dinner to be held Friday night.
The state dinner will be held in the Capitol building in Frankfort. The Governor says he got the idea for holding such gatherings in the building while he served as a member of Congress.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S Commerce Department reports that new home sales in the South set a record last month, at a seasonally-adjusted 613 thousand homes. That figure marks a twenty percent increase from the same time last year.
Nearly half of all the new homes sold in the United States last month were in the Southern region, which includes seventeen states. Experts say relatively inexpensive land, mortgage rates, nice weather, and jobs are factors contributing to the sales performance in the South.
Bowling Green, KY – The Special Judge assigned to the Katie Autry murder case in Bowling Green is admonishing attorneys in the case not to talk to the media. At a pre-trial hearing in Bowling Green, Judge Tom Castlen said the case has already drawn plenty of media attention. The Judge urged defense and prosecution attorneys to "try the case in the courtroom."