Louisville – Mitch McConnell says he is headed for a leadership position in the new Senate majority. The Louisville Republican said he thinks he has lined up more than enough commitments from GOP colleagues to be selected as the party's whip. That would make him the second-ranking member of the Senate's new Republican majority.
McConnell says Larry Craig of Idaho is the only other Senator to have expressed an interest in the job. McConnell beat Democrat Lois Combs Weinberg by 322 thousand votes in Tuesday's election.
Louisville – A US Attorney has announced plans to file a lawsuit accusing Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry of defrauding the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Programs. Henry has told a Louisville TV station that he plans to fight the suit and will have more to say about it later today. The Federal lawsuit is to be based on the "False Claims Act" and will cite several dozen instances in which Henry billed government health programs for surgeries that he allegedly did not supervise.
Owensboro – A Daviess County Sheriff's deputy has been indicted on sex charges in connection with two teenage girls at Apollo High School where he worked for three years as an on-site officer. A Daviess County Grand Jury has charged 53 year old Mike Chilton with two counts each if first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse. The girls have told the Jury the acts were against their will, and took place at Chilton's home.
Bowling Green, KY – Falling in line with national results, election night proved to be a good one for Kentucky's House Republicans.
Congresswoman Anne Northup won a hotly-contested race in the Third District against Democrat challenger Jack Conway. Many national analysts had their eyes on the Louisville area to see if the Democrats could unseat the incumbant Northup. Although her three percent margin of victory was the smallest of her four elections, it was good enough to win two more years in the U.S. House.
Kentucky – County Clerks in several parts of Kentucky are reporting steady voting activity. Despite rainy conditions, voters waited in line to cast their ballots. Election officials in Hardin County say voting was heavy enough in the first few hours to top the total in May's Primary. Lighter turnout is reported in Pulaski County. Several precincts have described voter turn out in Warren County as steady or above average.
Louisville – Louisville will be among the campaign stops on President Bush's schedule today. He will be speaking to a gathering of supporters for third district congressional candidate Anne northup. The incumbent Republican Congresswoman is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Jack Conway. Bush is expected to speak at about 5:00 pm eastern time.
Murray – A Judge has reduced the bond for a former Murray State University student accused of murdering her newborn infant in her dormitory room. Angelita Turner's bond on the murder charge had been set at $50,000 cash only. Yesterday a Judge said Turner would be released if she pays 20% or $10,000 in cash. Turner's trial is scheduled to begin January 21st. Her first trial ended in a hung jury.
Frankfort – Kentucky has joined a suit to block the merger of two of the country's only nationwide providers of direct broadcast satellite television. The antitrust suit says the merger of Dish Network and Direct TV would kill competition for direct satellite broadcasting. Attorney Ben Chandler says it would hurt Kentucky because more than a third of the households have no access to cable.