Murray, KY – The family of a student killed in a dormitory fire at Murray State six years ago has settled a lawsuit with the university for $200,000. Michael Minger's mother had sought as much as $4,000,000 in the four year old suit. The university has denied fault in Minger's death in September 1998. The Niceville, Florida sophomore music student died of smoke inhalation in the fire at Hester Hall. Police said the fire was intentionally set, but a jury deadlocked in the trial of the only person charged.
Murray, KY – The family of a student killed in a dormitory fire at Murray State University six years ago has settled a lawsuit with the school for $200,000. Michael Minger's mother had sought as much as $4,000,000 in the suit. The University has denied fault in Minger's death in September of 1998. The Niceville, Florida sophomore music student died of smaoke inhalation in the fire at Hester Hall. Police said the fire was intentionally set, but a jurt deadlocked in the trial of the only person charged.
Henderson, KY – Voters in six western Kentucky counties will elect a State Senator on Tuesday. The outcome may hinge on what voters think of the Republican candidate's recent decision to switch parties.
Republican David Thomason is a previous member of the Kentucky House, who used to be a Democrat. He is running against Democrat Dorsey Ridley to replace the late Senator Paul Herron of Henderson, who died in June.
Louisville, KY – A Federal Judge has permanently barred the state from preventing jockeys from wearing ads or union logos during races. U-S District Judge John Heyburn the Second issued the ruling, ending a dispute that started just days before the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
Heyburn backed up his initial ruling that said the state's regulations impinged on the jockey's first amendment rights. Heyburn said the free-speech rights of jockeys outweighed the state's concerns.
Lexington, KY – State Senator Ernesto Scorsone is planning to hold a public forum Monday, to get public input on Governor Fletcher's proposed changes to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The Democrat from Lexington says concerns from the public should be heard, before major changes are put into place.
Frankfort, KY – The possibility of wartime deployments for hundreds of Kentucky National Guard soldiers and airmen is not discouraging re-enlistments. Officials say about 93 percent of those eligible to leave the Guard in the past eighteen months have instead opted to re-enlist.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher's Chief of Staff says Kentucky's Governor is planning to re-organize the state's Human Rights Commission. Daniel Groves says the final details of the Commission's future make-up were not finished. However, he says the move would reduce the number of Commissioners and would make them full-time.
Nashville, TN – Authorities say a sports utility vehicle exploded and killed a man in a parking lot at Nashville's largest hotel. A-T-F agents say the explosion in the Range Rover happened just before midnight in a lot about a half-mile from the main entrance to the Opryland Hotel.
Agents say the cause of the blast has not been determined, but investigators suspect it was a homemade bomb. Investigators from the Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force and the F-B-I are working on the case.