Nashville – A new poll shows Democrat Phil Bredesen ahd Republican Van Hilleary in a dead heat for the Tennessee Governor's race with just over a week left until election day.
In a survey commissioned by the Tennessean and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bredesen polled 45 percent to Hilleary's 42 percent when 625 registered voters were asked which candidate they would vote for if the election were held that day. Ten percent were undecided.
Bowling Green – Some opponents of the Kentucky Tri-Modal Transpark have released documents that they describe as a "smoking gun" about the transpark project. A report prepared last spring for ITA consultants Landrum and Brown concludes that there has been inadequate assessment of the floodplain situation at the proposed site. Transpark opponent Andrew Parsley is a member of the Warren County Planning Commission, which narrowly approved a zoning change for the transpark site in May. He says the Planning Commission should have had access to the information in the consultant reports.
Frankfort – Senate President David Williams says sexual abuse allegations made by a woman he once represented are false. In letters sent to the Governor's office last August, Lori Radford-Sandlin alleges Williams insisted on sex instead of financial reimbursement for representing her.
Louisville – A new poll shows a majority of Kentuckians are strongly or somewhat in favor of doing away with the death penalty for people who commit murder as juveniles. Sixty-three percent of the people surveyed in the University of Kentucky poll said they strongly favor or somewhat favor legislation to allow the death penalty only for those 18 or older. Another 32 percent somewhat oppose or strongly oppose such a bill. Death penalty opponents plan to offer such legislation for consideration by the Kentucky General Assembly.
Bowling Green – The candidates for Warren County Judge Executive say voter turn-out will be a key to the outcome of that election race. Democratic challenger Harold Brantley says the larger number of registered Democrats in the county will help his campaign, and he is predicting a 45 percent turnout. But, incumbent Republican Mike Buchanon says a large turnout will work to his advantage.
Nashville – A new poll shows Tennessee gubernatorial candidates Phil Bredesen and Van Hilleary in a dead heat for the November 5th election. The poll found Democratic nominee Bredesen favored by 35 percent of registered voters surveyed, while 34 1/2 percent favored the Republican Hilleary. Almost 25 percent were undecided or refused to state a preference.
Louisville – The Del McCoury Band took home its' sixth Entertainer of the Year Award during the International Bluegrass Music Awards. McCoury and his band won three International Bluegrass Music awards last night in Louisville. That includes a first-time win for Song of the Year for their cover of "1952 Vincent Black Lightning". "O Brother, Where Art Thou" and "Man of Constant Sorrow", Dan Tyminski earned his second win for male vocalist. Rhonda Vincent took female vocalist for the third consecutive year.
Frankfort – A secretary in the Governor's office is denying allegations that she is the tipster who warned a nursing home owner of upcoming inspections. The employee is Vicki Brown, an office manager for the Governor's Chief of Staff, Andrew "Skipper" Martin.
Owensboro – A 21-year-old Owensboro woman is scheduled to be arraigned today following charges of solicitation to commit murder. Police are accusing Joanie Morris of asking her ex-husband to fatally stab her current husband for 5,000 dollars. A team of investigators with the Owensboro Police Department arrested the 21-year-old Morris on Wednesday at the residence she shared with her husband and stepchildren. Morris is accused of trying to hire 23-year-old Charles Schindler to kill 34-year-old Ernie Morris.