Frankfort, KY – Aides to Governor Fletcher say Communications Director Wes Irvin has stepped down from his job. Press Secretary Jason Keller says Wes Irvin returned to his native state of Virginia to spend time with his family.
Irvin had been singled out for criticism last week by House Speaker Jody Richards and House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins. The criticism was for Irvin's statement that Representative Harry Moberly of Richmond "should show up for work."
Louisville, Kentucky – They insist they're friends and hold no grudges over past meetings on the basketball floor. That's good, because Joe B. Hall of UK fame and former Louisville Coach Denny Crum have teamed up to do a talk-radio, call-in show.
Jeffersonville, Indiana – Clark County, Indiana jail inmates who helped remodel a building at the former Indiana Army Ammunition Plant have filed a lawsuit. They claim they were exposed to asbestos and other hazardous materials. The 21 inmates who helped convert the building into a training center for the sheriff's department are seeking $100,000 for future medical care, plus punitive damages and attorneys' fees.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has picked Central Kentucky engineer Marc Williams to serve as the state's new Commissioner of Highways. Williams is a Vice-President with Wilbur Smith Associates, an engineering firm which provides planning, design, and construction services for a variety of infrastructure projects. The firm did consulting work for the Kentucky TriModal Transpark project in northern Warren County.
Frankfort,KY – Governor Ernie Fletcher has named retired Judge J.William Howerton of Paducah to serve on the Kentucky Lottery Board. Howerton replaces Tina Conner, who had previously resigned. Conner became involved in several controversies after she revealed that she was the former mistress of former Governor Paul Patton.
Howerton was a Judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1976 until 1996.Howerton says he is honored to have been asked to serve on the Board.
Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky agency that investigates complaints of discrimination in housing and employment says she plans to furlough employees in fiscal year 2006.
Beverly Watts told a House Budget Subcommittee that the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has a growing caseload, but dwindling revenues.The furlough plan discussed by Watts would give the commission's 36 staffers two days off per month, without pay.
Frankfort, KY – The top ranking Democrat in the Kentucky General Assembly says Governor Fletcher should not abandon his pursuit of a new tax code. House Speaker Jody Richards says he and other Democrats in the House think change is needed.
Frankfort, KY – Leaders of the Democratic Majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives are calling on Governor Fletcher to present his tax modernization plan ---- in writing and to the public. In a letter written by legislative leaders, the House Democrats applaud the Governor's enthusiasm for tax reform.
Lexington, KY – University of Kentucky President Lee Todd has informed a group of lawmakers that students could see a 15 percent tuition increase next fall. Todd says efforts to deal with state budget cuts to higher education may force the tuition hike.
Students at the University of Kentucky had to pay 15 percent more to attend last fall. Even with the possible increase next fall, University officials say less than half of the 33 million dollars in operating revenue would be realized for next year.
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.