Fort Campbell, KY – President Bush is thanking about twenty thousand soldiers who have returned from Iraq. As part of his trip to persuade Americans to give him another four years as Commander in Chief, the President is meeting with families of some soldiers who were killed in the war.
Members of the 101st Airborne have been actively involved in the combat and rebuilding effort in Iraq. Sixty soldiers from the 101st were killed in Iraq.
Louisville, KY – The University of Louisville has released findings of a study that shows Louisville's air contains an unsafe chemical. The study shows the concentration of butadiene has been increasing at a rate of about 35 percent per year since June of 2000.
The chemical was identified last year as the top toxic air health threat for the Louisville area. The chemical can cause cancer in humans. It is found in motor vehicle emissions and its used in the manufacture of synthetic rubber.
Frankfort, KY – Some non-violent felons would be able to ask the state to erase their conviction from their record, under legislation approved by the House. The bill would only apply to Class D felons who haven't committed a crime for ten years. The measure would also require the court to schedule a hearing and notify the Commonwealth's Attorney and any victims of the felon's expungement request.
Bowling Green, KY – A Judge in Bowling Green has set tentative court dates for the trials of the two men charged in connection with the murder of a Western Kentucky University student. Daviess County Circuit Judge Thomas Castlen scheduled jury selection for July 30th in the trial of 20 year old Stephen Soules.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent for the month of January. That was a decline from the six percent level recorded in the previous month. The January 2004 figure was seven-tenths of a percent lower than January of 2003.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher says his tax modernization plan is designed to stimulate the state's economy and create jobs. At a Frankfort news conference, Fletcher said the plan will eliminate or reduce some income taxes, will raise cigarette taxes, and will overhaul the state's business tax structure.
The Fletcher Administration predicts the new plan will create about seven thousand jobs in the next two years. The Governor stresses that the proposal has bi-partisan support.
AP – Separate Federal Death Penalty trials will be held for two Kentucky jail escapees charged with the kidnapping and murder of a woman from Galvants Ferry, South Carolina. U-S District Judge Joe Anderson says he would like to try Branden Basham and Chadrick Fulks at the same time before different juries. However, Judge Anderson says he doesn't have enough room in his courtroom.
Frankfort, KY – House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark says he doesn't think his legislation to expand gambling in Kentucky will pass. Clark met with members of the horse racing industry at his office, but he says they were unable to agree on final details on a plan for expanded gambling.
Clark has proposed legislation that would ask voters whether they want a constitutional amendment to allow for casino gambling. Clark's plan calls for nine casinos across the state.
Fort Knox, KY – The American soldier accused of carrying out a grenade attack against other Americans in Kuwait last March will be arraigned tomorrow. Sergeant Hasan Akbar is facing two counts of premeditated murder and three counts of attempted murder in the March 23rd attack at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait.