Frankfort, KY – Newly inaugurated Governor Ernie Fletcher spent a record 5.6 million dollars to win this year's gubernatorial election. The first post-election reports filed by their campaigns to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance show Democrat Ben Chandler spent less than 3.8 million dollars on his unsuccessful campaign.
Frankfort, KY – On his final day in office, Kentucky Governor Paul Patton has commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Kevin Stanford. The U-S Supreme Court had used Stanford's case to uphold the death penalty for murderers as young as seventeen. However, Patton said he considered the death penalty to be an injustice for a criminal who was not yet an adult at the time of the crime.
Lexington, KY – Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher has selected Lieutenant General Maxwell Clay Bailey to serve as Secretary of Transportation in Kentucky. Bailey is a native of Johnson County who has been working on homeland security issues for the state.
Shepherdsville, KY – A spokesman for a company that makes food-packaging products says Shepherdsville will be the site of a distribution center. This is the latest in a string of business deals in recent months for the Bullitt County Community.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his running mate in the recent gubernatorial election as the next Justice Cabinet Secretary in Kentucky. Fletcher says Steve Pence will serve a dual role as Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Justice.
Pence is a former federal prosecutor who plans to focus on fighting Kentucky's drug problems. During the gubernatorial campaign, Pence had promised to be a working Lieutenant Governor who would take an active role in the administration.
Louisville, KY – Frito-Lay Incorporated will close its snack manufacturing plant in Louisville next month, putting 326 employees out of work. Employees at the 41 year old facility were notified today and received a paid day off.
Louisville, KY – The Kentucky State Police say the highway death rate in the Commonwealth is on pace to become the highest in nearly twenty years. Eight people died on the state's highways during the four day Thanksgiving holiday period, bringing the year-to-date toll to 848.
Bowling Green, KY – Warren Circuit Court Judge Tom Lewis has granted a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Western Kentucky University and five employees of the institution. The civil suit had been filed by the estate of Melissa Kaye Autry, who died after being burned and assaulted in her residence hall room last May.
Nicholasville, KY – Four Republican legislators who want Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher's seat in Congress made a joint debut at a public forum. About 130 people attended the forum, at which each of the hopefuls talked about past legislative accomplishments and conservative credentials. Those attending were State Senators Alice Forgy Kerr and Tom Buford, as well as State Representatives Lonnie Napier and Stan Lee.