Bowling Green, KY – The trial for a man accused of raping and killing a Western Kentucky University student has been delayed until spring of 2005. Lucas Goodrum had been scheduled to face a jury starting July 30th. Special Judge Thomas Castlen of Daviess County has granted a prosecution request to delay the trial until March 8th.
Louisville, KY – The Better Business Bureau of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is urging consumers to beware of some new on-line scams. Group spokesperson Sara Rolfingsmeier says "phishing" is the term used to describe unscrupulous e-mail practices which are designed to trick consumers into revealing bank account numbers or credit card information.
Winston-Salem, NC – The Federal Trade Commission is giving the green light to a marriage of the nation's number two and number three tobacco companies. A merger between R.J.Reynolds and Louisville-based Brown and Williamson will create a tobacco giant that will produce one third of the cigarettes in the United States.
Frankfort, KY – State Auditor Crit Luallen has released her findings and recommendations regarding the Kentucky Racing Commission. The report found no evidence of intent to defraud government, but the Auditor's Office did find that the Commission suffered from lax management and a disregard for standard business practices.
Clay, KY – About three hundred people in Webster County had to be evacuated from their homes today, after someone opened an anhydrous ammonia tank. An official with Webster County emergency management says the release created a dangerous situation.
Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky's unemployment rate remained at 5.4 percent in the month of May, unchanged from April's figures. The Department for Employment Services says the rate is a significant decline from the previous year's levels, however. In May of 2003, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Commonwealth was 6.2 percent.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S House has voted to pay tobacco farmers for giving up their government price supports. A plan that was approved Monday night by the House Ways and Means Committee was approved by the full House Thursday afternoon.
Frankfort, KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled that a fetus is a person as long as it is "viable" or capable of surviving outside the womb. The Court ruled that the wrongful killing of such a fetus can be prosecuted as a homicide.
The Court discards its longheld rule that a fetus was not a person, and its death was not a homicide, until a live birth occurred.
Williamsburg, KY – Kentucky authorities are warning motorists to use caution around interstate rest stops in the Commonwealth, after a rape at a Kentucky Welcome Center. The assault reportedly took place at the Welcome Center on Interstate 75, just north of the Tennessee border.
Murray, KY – Murray State University Board of Regents Chairman Sid Easley says partisan politics kept him from being considered for an education post. Easley says that is why he was left off a list of regents candidates nominated by Governor Fletcher's Postsecondary Education Nominating Committee.
Fletcher, who is a Republican, is expected to name replacements soon for Easley and Wells Lovett of Owensboro, another veteran member of the board. Lovett did not seek reappointment.