Frankfort, KY – The budget given to Kentucky lawmakers by Governor Ernie Fletcher includes 46 million dollars to renovate the State Office Building. The upgrades would mean the 12 story structure would be empty for the next few years, as floors are revamped and filled with new furniture.
State officials want the building formerly used by the Transportation Cabinet to reflect the Cabinet's new 113 million dollar headquarters, which are located across the street in Frankfort.
Versailles, KY – Former Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn died last night at his Versailles residence. Woodford County Coroner Steve Ward says the 79 year old Nunn collapsed after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Bowling Green, KY – A Pike County coal company has been cited for alledgedly causing a black water spill that fouled more than eight miles of an eastern Kentucky creek. The Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet has issued a Notice of Non-compliance and an Imminent Danger Cessation Order to the Johns Creek Processing Company.
The company was cited for allowing black water to leave a permitted area and for failing to report the spill in a timely manner.
Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky House has approved legislation which would make it a felony to tip off a nursing home about a pending state inspection. Representative Kathy Stein of Lexington is the sponsor of the bill, which passed the House by a 94 to 0 margin.
Frankfort, KY – A bill to create a lottery scratch-off game to raise money for veterans' programs has stalled in a House Committee. The proposal was backed by General Les Beavers, the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran's Affairs.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky House has passed a bill to spell out how crimes against the elderly and other "vulnerable adults" are to be handled.
The bill outlines the steps to be taken from the time a complaint is filed with the Cabinet for Families and Children until it is resolved. Proponents say that would impose accountability on everyone involved in investigating cases of elder abuse, neglect defrauding, and other crimes.
Bowling Green, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling says too many people underestimate the cost of compulsive gambling. Mike Stone cites a University of Illinois study which estimates a cost of thirteen thousand dollars per year, per compulsive gambler.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher's Administration wants better drug treatment---- instead of prison sentences--- for offenders. Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence says the state plans to cut the number of non-violent offenders in prison, and could delay the opening of a one thousand bed prison which is under construction in Elliot County.
Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky Lottery Officials are concerned about the impact the new Tennessee Lottery will have on ticket sales in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Lottery President and Chief Executive Arch Gleason estimates Kentucky will lose more than 48 million dollars in sales in the 2004-2005 fiscal year. Gleason also warns that the loss could reach more than 71 million dollars in the following fiscal year.