Washington, D. C. – There were no surprises as Kentucky Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning praised President Bush's nomination to the U. S. Supreme Court. The two senators had already voted in 2003 to confirm Judge John Roberts, Jr. to a seat on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. The 50 year old Roberts must be approved by the U.S. senate in order to replace retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. McConnell and Bunning both expressed their full support of Roberts
Fort Campbell, KY – The Army says a Fort Campbell soldier has died from injuries in Iraq. A statement from the post says Private Lavena Johnson of Florissant, Missouri died yesterday near Balad, Iraq. Johnson was assigned to the 129th Corps Support Battalion. A memorial ceremony is planned for Johnson with her unit in Iraq. She joined the Army in September and arrived at Fort Campbell in Fenruary. The Army said the death was not the result of combat and the cause remains under investigation.
Washington, D.C. – The Justice Department reports it has reached a settlement of its anti-trust complaint against the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. The complaint related to fees for broker services.
Under the settlement filed in U-S District Court in Louisville, the Commission would stop prohibiting rebates and cease any enforcement actions against brokers for offering rebates or discounts. The court must approve the settlement.
Bowling Green, KY – Governors from across the United States will meet in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend, to discuss a variety of healthcare concerns. In particular, members of the National Governors Association hope to address ways to reduce the cost of both private and public health insurance.
Owensboro, KY. – The general fund reserves for the City of Owensboro are getting an unexpected break. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced it is dropping the city's tab for tornado clean-up miscalculations.