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.
Bowling Green, KY – Speaking at a legislative round-table in Bowling Green, four members of the Kentucky General Assembly expressed optimism that an agreement on the state budget is likely. The lawmakers attended a Chamber of Commerce forum.
Frankfort, KY – The Fletcher Administration says the Kentucky State Police are investigating alleged embezzlement by a former ranking official. The former official has been identified as Barbara Nash, who was the Director of the Division of Administrative Services in the Office of Financial Institutions.
Frankfort, KY – A report from Frankfort says the Kentucky unemployment rate in February was 5.3 percent, which is unchanged from January's figures. The jobless rate was down eight-tenths of a point from February of 2003.
The report comes from the Kentucky Department for Employment Services. The report says February of 2004 marked the lowest February jobless rate since 2001.