Richmond, KY – One person has been killed and a state legislator has been injured in a highway crash in Richmond. Representative Harry Moberly was treated for broken bones at Pattie A. Clay hospital in Richmond.
The Madison County Coroner's office confirms that a second person was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Identity of the victim has been withheld, pending notification of family members.
Frankfort, KY – The number of students participating in the Governor's Scholars Program will be reduced this year, to save 300 thousand dollars in the state budget. The program recognizes outstanding high school students in Kentucky and has served one thousand students per year in the past.
However, the names of 150 students have been trimmed from the program. The cuts come two days after Kentucky lawmakers adjourned the 2004 General Assembly without solving a budget stalemate.
Louisville, KY – A non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. has named Louisville one of eleven mid-sized cities in the nation it calls "most livable." The Partners for Livable Communities says Louisville embraces a high-tech economy and has good housing,good neighborhoods, and a growing downtown.
Louisville was the only Kentucky city to make the list, which does not rank the cities from one to eleven.
Jenkins, KY – A Letcher County Grand Jury has declined to indict a Kentucky State Trooper who shot and killed an unarmed man during a January drug deal. The Grand Jury expressed sympathy to the family of 62 year old James Alexander of Roanoke, Virginia, but found no criminal conduct in the January 14th incident.
Frankfort, KY – The General Assembly's failure to pass a budget raises the specter, for the second time in three years, of a Kentucky governor running the state on his own spending plan. Political opponents indicate that they probably will take him to court over the matter.
Fort Campbell, KY – Major General David Petraeus will deploy to Iraq later this week for several weeks of temporary duty. Along with twelve members of the Division, Petraeus will work to help develop the Iraqi Security Force architecture and the Office of Security Cooperation. That's the Coalition Military Organization charged with assisting with the training and equipping of Iraq's Army, Border Police, Police, and Civil Defense Corps.
Bowling Green, KY – A husband and wife are among three people who died in an early morning fire inside a mobile home today. Firefighters were called to the remote scene in Warren County shortly after seven am, and they worked about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.
Kentucky State Police identified the victims as 57 year old Robert Miller, 55 year old Judy Miller, and 53 year old Billia Faye Coulter. The Millers were married and Coulter was Judy Miller's sister.
Frankfort, KY – State Budget Negotiators remain at a standstill today after lawmakers resumed talks aimed at crafting a spending plan for the state. Neither side seemed willing to budge from their respective positions on how to deal with Governor Fletcher's "Tax Modernization" proposal.
Democrats in the House want to deal with the spending bill and the proposed tax code separately. However, Senate Republicans want any budget talks to include discussion of the Governor's proposed tax plan.
Frankfort, KY – Members of the General Assembly who were assigned to work out differences between Senate and House budget bills will meet tomorrow in Frankfort. Committee members will try to produce a budget that the full Senate and House can support.
The 2004 legislative session resumes next Monday, but is scheduled to end the next day. The budget Conference Committee will meet at ten a.m. Eastern time, Wednesday. The meeting in the Capitol Annex is open to the public.