Washington, D.C. – The U-S Senate has approved a plan to put new restrictions on cigarette makers and to pay tobacco farmers to give up federal quotas. Approval of the legislative package came late Thursday afternoon.
Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has started taking proposals from companies to design two new bridges that would span the Ohio River. The 1.9 billion dollar project is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The project plan calls for building a new downtown Louisville bridge, and one on the east end.
Louisville/Bowling Green – Linemen from Tennessee and Georgia are heading to Louisville to help restore power after high winds downed thirteen hundred lines. Officials estimate that more than 115 thousand people were left without power by the high winds, which uprooted numerous trees across Kentucky.
Frankfort, KY – The State of Kentucky has received a Federal Election Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Grant. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is the Chief Election Officer of the Commonwealth, says the 169 thousand dollar grant is coming from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Louisville, KY – A jury in Louisville has ruled in favor of C-S-X Railroad in a lawsuit brought by a former employee. The man had claimed that he suffered brain disease from exposure to toxic chemicals.
48 year old David Ray Burton alleged he developed chronic toxic encephalopathy for exposure to harmful solvents used in the railroad's Louisville yard. The disease is characterized by short-term memory loss, depression, anxiety and diminished mental function.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says he intends to recruit or help launch companies that turn plants into products such as pharmaceuticals. The Governor calls the approach "advanced agriculture."
The Governor today appointed an advisory panel for that purpose. The panel includes leaders from higher education, government, and industry. Fletcher says he believes Kentucky has a unique niche in advanced agriculture, and he points to companies like Large Scale Biology Incorporated in Owensboro.
Louisville, KY – Congressional Candidate Nick Clooney is calling for the repeal of federal tax breaks for companies that shift jobs overseas.Clooney is running against Republican Geoff Davis in Kentucky's Fourth Congressional District.
Clooney, who is a Democrat, says Congress should reward tax incentives to companies that expand their work forces in the United States. The Davis campaign says their candidate supports a tax system that encourages U-S productivity.
Louisville, KY – The maker of an artificial heart says a patient who received the device in early May is breathing on his own and is out of intensive care. Abiocor says the patient, who has not been publicly identified, is in stable condition.
The patient has lived more than sixty days at Jewish Hospital with the totally implantable pump. The patient is one of two people living with the softball-sized pump, which is made of titanium and plastic.
Washington, D.C. – Officials from the Bush Administration are scheduled to testify before Congress today, regarding problems encountered when Governor Fletcher's plane caused an evacuation of the U-S Capitol. The incident took place the day the body of former President Reagan was placed in the U-S Capitol for public processions.