Louisville, Kentucky – The Kentucky State Police are confirming that the sixteen year old girl who was the subject of a statewide Amber Alert has been found in Louisville. The Alert was issued after the girl was abducted at gun point from a motel in Shelbyville, Kentucky.
Authorities say the girl was located, walking down the street near Churchill Downs. She was transported to Kosair Children's Hospital for observation. This was the first time the Amber Alert system had been activated for an abduction in Kentucky.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he will introduce a tobacco buy-out bill in the Senate. The Louisville Republican warns that it could be very difficult to get the bi-partisan support needed to win passage in the Senate, and he calls the legislation a "compromise" which has the backing of tobacco state lawmakers.
McConnell says the bill will not provide "everything everybody wants," but he maintains that it could provide fair compensation to growers and quote owners.
Frankfort, Kentucky – A proposed mandate that would require some health insurers to cover infertility treatments is drawing the attention of state lawmakers. The Interim Joint Committee on Banking and Insurance is studying the issue, which could come before the General Assembly next year.
Representative Joe Barrows, a Democrat from Versailles, says it's an issue which requires a great deal of study, "before we come to any conclusions." Senator Albert Robinson of London, Kentucky expressed concern that the mandate could create problems for some private insurers.
Louisville, Kentucky – Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Chandler is unveiling a new program to help state residents buy drugs. The Kentucky Attorney General says his plan will bring "the purchasing power of the state to your medicine cabinet." Chandler's plan would form a purchasing compact to buy prescription drugs in volume and would promote the use of generic drugs.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – This year's tobacco crop in Kentucky and Tennessee is expected to be the smallest in more than 100 years. Growers blame pending lawsuits against cigarette makers, foreign competition and government controls. The head of Warren County's Farm Services Agency, Donald Dunn, says the reduced crop affects the state's overall economy from government to car dealers. He says his office has been advising growers to diversify their crops.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – An 82 year old Bowling Green woman, missing for nearly two days, has been found safely in Warren County.
Mattie Young, who has alzheimer's disease, was found early Thursday morning in the Richpond area of Warren County. She was described by rescue workers as being in "reasonably good health" and is in a local hospital for observation.
Crews had been using helicopters in their search for Young since she was reported missing Tuesday night.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Two men have been indicted in connection with the Katie Autry murder. Stephen Soules and Lucas Goodrum face charges of murder, complicity to commit murder, rape, sodomy and arson.
The Warren County Grand Jury handed up the indictments late Wednesday, the final day of their session. Autry died after being assaulted and burned in her dorm room on Western Kentucky University's campus in May.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – More than 200 soldiers from the 594th Transportation Company are returning home from Iraq. The unit deployed in Mid-January and helped to provide support for more than 600 trucks and trailers used by combat units. The 594th Transportation Company is credited with driving some two million miles during their time in Iraq.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Warren Circuit Judge John Minton will run for the seat that will be vacated by retiring Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Huddleston. Minton, who is a Western Kentucky University graduate, has been a Circuit Judge in Bowling Green for more than ten years.
Judge Huddleston is expected to continue to hear cases as a Senior Judge. He has served on the Court of Appeals since 1991.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – The Executive Committee of Western Kentucky University's governing board has approved a bond re-financing package that could eventually save the state as much as $500,000. The new bond issue will pay off bonds that were used to build the Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, the Cravens Graduate Center, and the Downing University Center on Western's campus.
University officials say the 2.57 percent interest rate in the re-financing package should save the state of Kentucky 69 to 74 thousand per year, over the life of the bonds.