Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky Board of Education wants the State Legislature to pay for full-day kindergarten. It also wants to give school districts more money for students with limited proficiency in English.
Those are among the Board's funding priorities as it gears up for the 2004 General Assembly. The next legislative session is expected to set off fierce competition for funding from many interest groups. The Board may also ask the legislature to broaden the state's basic school funding formula to cover preschool education.
Chattanooga, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen is not so fond of a new federal education initiative. Bredesen says the "No Child Left Behind" act is a perfect example of the federal goverment mandating something but not funding it.
Franklin, Kentucky – A third person is facing charges in connection with a Simpson County murder. Kentucky State Police have arrested 51-year old Rickie Allen McPeak at a truck stop in Indianapolis Friday night.
He has been charged with complicity to murder in connection with the death of 43-old year Jessie Frank George in April of 2002. The remains of George were discovered in an abandoned house in Simpson County.
Nashville, Tennessee – Legislation making it harder for illegal immigrants to get a Tennessee driver's license is dead for the year in the General Assembly. The legislation would have prevented anyone from getting a license without a social security number or documents from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Fort Campbell, Kentucky – Soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell who are looking to buy a home will get some assistance from a new program at the post's credit union. The Fort Campbell Credit Union is offering the "Home Front Mortgage", which requires no down payment. Fannie Mae has pledged to buy the mortgages on the secondary market. The army post is home to the 101st Airborne Division.
Fort Knox, Kentucky – About 100 Fort Knox-based marine reservists who saw fighting in Iraq are on their way home. Ships carrying Company A, Eighth Tank Battalion, have set sail on their month-long voyage to the United States. The unit is made up mostly of students and workers from Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Company spokeswoman Captain Jenny Potter says the reservists saw plenty of action, most significantly in firefights at the Iraqi town of An Nasiriyah in late March. None of the unit's members were injured.
Bowling Green, KY – Members of a newly-appointed task force at Western Kentucky University are reviewing all aspects of campus safety. University President Gary Ransdell convened the Parents Advisory Council as a result of the murder of WKU freshman Katie Autry.
Authorities say Autry died on May 7th, three days after she was discovered in her dorm room with third and fourth degree burns.
Two suspects in the case, Stephen Soules and Lucas Goodrum of Scottsville, Kentucky are being held without bond in the Warren County Jail.
Frankfort, KY – The Democratic and Republican nominees (listed below) will hit the campaign trail soon before they square off this fall for the General Election on November 4th.
Democratic Primary winners: Ben Chandler, Governor Charlie Owen, Lieutenant Governor Russ Maple, Secretary of State Crit Luallen, Auditor of Public Accounts Johnathan Miller, State Treasurer Alice Woods Baesler, Commissioner of Agriculture
Bowling Green, KY – Officials in South Central Kentucky are celebrating the newly-built interstate interchange at I-65 and Cemetary Road in Bowling Green. The project was completed in December, but local officials decided to wait until the landscaping was complete to hold the ribbon cuttin ceremony. The project is valued at 12.5 million dollars.
Bowling Green, Kentucky – Western Kentucky University officials say Pellville, Kentucky freshman "Katie" Autry has died as the result of injuries she suffered in a May 4 residence hall fire. Autry had been treated at Vanderbilt University Hospital after being critically burned in the Sunday morning incident.
Officials at Western say that the investigation into the suspicious fire is continuing. WKU Police Chief Bob Deane says investigators have concluded that the fire, which was extinguished by residence hall sprinklers, was set intentionally.