Paducah, KY/ Frankfort, KY – The State Senator from Western Kentucky who quit the Republican Party over a disputed state Senate race is losing his committee Chairmanship. Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah has been replaced as Co-Chair of the Senate Capital Construction and Oversight Committee. Leeper is also facing the loss of his Vice-Chairmanship of the Transportation Committee.
Fort Bragg, NC – Fifteen Jurors at the Military trial of Sergeant Hasan Akbar have heard that the accused suffered from mental illness long before he entered the service. Defense Attorney Dan Brookhart told the Court-martial jury that Akbar couldn't have planned a grenade and rifle attack against his fellow members of the 101st Airborne.
Washington, DC – Kentucky U.S. Senator Jim Bunning will join a delegation of 14 Senators on a trip to Vatican City this week for the funeral mass of Pope John Paul II. The group is being led by Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee. They'll leave for Italy Wednesday night and return late Friday evening. The funeral for the Pontiff, who died Saturday, is scheduled for Friday. Bunning, a Catholic from northern Kentucky, met the Pope five years ago and attended a mass in his private chapel.