Frankfort – A new report criticizes the Cabinet for Families and Children's handling of the financial affairs of incapacitated people. Kentucky State Auditor Ed Hatchett's report says the Cabinet could not account for a 265,000 dollar shortfall in client's assets.
Owensboro – The new William H. Natcher bridge in Owensboro, KY is expected to open Monday. The opening of the structure had been scheduled for earlier in the year, and the bridge was dedicated in August.
Louisville – Incumbent Congresswoman Anne Northup and Democratic challenger Jack Conway exchanged a few jabs during their televised debate in Louisville. The Third Congressional District candidates appeared on Kentucky Educational Television last night.
Britain – A British newspaper is quoting a Lexington, KY fertility specialist who says the first cloned baby will be born sometime in 2003. However, some genetic experts are skeptical that Dr. Pavayiotis Zavos will actually succeed in cloning a human. Experts contend the 58 year old reproductive physiologist needs a method to screen some 30 thousand human genes. No such screening test currently exists.
Harlan, KY – Controversy is brewing in eastern Kentucky over a State Senate candidate's TV ad featuring images of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The ad, run by Republican representative Johnnie Turner of Harlan, also criticizes incumbant Democrat senator Daniel Mongiardo for opposing a bill that made it tougher for non-citizens to get driver's licenses.
In response, senator Mongiardo is accusing Turner of resorting to bigotry and racism in order to gain votes in next month's election.
Bowling Green, KY – Some opponents of the Kentucky Trimodal Transpark project want the Intermodal Transportation Authority to release a consultant's study to the public. The organization, Karst Environmental Education and Protection, charges that the marketing report has not been released because it raises doubts about the feasibility of the controversial project.
Louisville attorney Leslie Barras filed an open records request to get a copy of the report. She says the public has a right to see what the document says.
Frankfort – A Federal Appeals Court is striking down a legislative effort to promote the Ten Commandments in public places. In a two-to-one ruling, the Court yesterday said a 2000 resolution that would place a Ten Commandments Monument on capitol grounds in Frankfort is unconstitutional.
Judge Boyce Martin says the resolution amounts to a government endorsement of religion. Martin says there are other ways to display the Commandments as part of a larger historical display. But, He says Kentucky's effort was solely a promotion of the religious nature of the documents.
Frankfort – Kentucky State Budget Director Jim Ramsey issued the following statement today in response to the expected announcement by Standard and Poor's of a downgrade of Kentucky's credit rating from "AA" to "AA-",
Frankfort – Governor Patton says parts of a sexual harrassment lawsuit against him by a western Kentucky nursing home operator should be dismissed. In documents filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court, Patton's lawyers say Tina Conner could not have been the subject of sexual harrassment because she was never a state employee.
Bowling Green – Democratic candidate Klint Alexander says Congress has been too generous with those who don't need tax help. Speaking with Western's Public Radio, the Hopkinsville attorney said tax cuts should have been directed to the middle income individuals who are in need of tax relief.