Frankfort, KY – A bill that would let motorists drive Kentucky's interstate highways and parkways at 70 mph has cleared the state senate. The speed limit on other state highways with four or more lanes would be 65 mph. Senator Brett Guthrie of Warren County is the bill's sponsor. He says Kentucky would join 30 other states that already have at least 70 mph speed limits. House speaker Jody Richards says he thinks the speed limit bill would fare favorably in the House also, where a similar bill is pending.
Lexington, KY – Doctors should decide Wednesday afternoon how long Governor Fletcher will remain hospitalized. Fletcher had surgery Tuesday to remove his gall bladder. Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall says Fletcher rested peacefully Tuesday nmight and is doing well. Hall says Fletcher is eager to get back to work. The Governor reassumed his gubernatorial powers Tuesday but doctors say it could be weeks before he's back to work.
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Bill Baxter says the federal utility has worked "extremely hard" to keep rate hikes as low as possible. Nonetheless, TVA customers are in for a big jump in electric rates. The TVA board Monday approved an increase of nearly 10%, blaming sharply rising fuel costs. The change will raise monthly bills between $4.75 and $8.75 for the average residential customer. TVA last raised rates in October when they went up just over 7.5%.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher will undergo a procedure to remove a gallstone embedded in a pancreatic duct. Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall says the Governor is expected to be under general anesthesia. During that time, Hall says there will be a temporary transfer of power from the Governor the Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. The 53 year old Fletcher was taken to St. Joseph East in lexington Sunday and underwent an ultrasound Monday morning. Hall says the embedded gallstone was found during the scan