Lexington, KY – Democrat Ben Chandler says it feels good to be on the winning side again. After losing last fall's gubernatorial race to Republican Ernie Fletcher, the former Attorney General has won the Congressional seat previously held by Fletcher.
Chandler handily defeated Alice Forgy Kerr and Libertarian candidate Mark Gailey. Kentucky's new Sixth District Congressman won 55 percent of the vote in the special election.
AP – Thousands of fighters from across the country are expected to attend the funeral of 40 year old Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan. She was shot Friday while responding to a domestic violence call and became Lexington's first black female firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Bowling Green, KY – Daviess County Circuit Judge Tom Castlen has been appointed to preside over the murder trials of Lucas Goodrum and Stephen Soules. They are the two men charged in connection with the death of Western Kentucky University student Katie Autry.
Frankfort, KY – Mary Evans Sias has been selected to be the next President of Kentucky State University. She replaces William H. Turner, who had served as interim President for more than a year. Turner was also one of four finalists for the position.
Sias has been an administrator at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has served as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and External Relations.
Frankfort, KY – A bill passed by a House committee in Frankfort would require college students to get parental permission to apply for credit cards solicited on campus. House bill 63 is sponsored by House Speaker Jody Richards, a Democrat from Bowling Green.
Frankfort, KY – A Senate Committee has approved a bill that would ensure that firearms dealers can locate in any area where other businesses are permitted. Senate Bill 95 says that lawmakers intend for federally-licensed firearms dealers or manufacturers to be able to locate anywhere that other lawful businesses can locate.
Lexington, KY – A Federal judge has denied Tina Conner's request to withdraw her guilty plea in a mail fraud case. The former mistress of former Kentucky Governor Paul Patton was sentenced to two years probation by U-S District Judge Joseph Hood.
Frankfort, KY – The head of the Kentucky Commission on Women is stepping down from her position, in response to a request from Governor Ernie Fletcher's administration. Betsy Nowland-Curry has served as the Commission's Executive Director for more than three years.
She told the Lexington Herald-Leader that she was asked to step down, effective February 15th. Governor Fletcher's wife, Glenna, is reportedly interested in taking a more active role in the Commission.
Frankfort, KY – The House Health and Welfare Committee has approved a bill that would reduce student access to soft drinks and other sugary beverages during the school day. HB 261 would prohibit elementary schools from selling "soda waters" during the school day.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher says his administration has scraped up 23 million dollars by refinancing some state bonds. Fletcher says that money will be used for education.
The Governor made the statement today in Frankfort. He says he will propose giving the money for programs that fall outside of basic school funding. Those programs include after-school services, teacher training and school safety.