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.
Lexington, KY – Governor-Elect Ernie Fletcher has named his new Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy. Keith Rogers, who is currently the District Director for Second District Congressman Ron Lewis, will move to that job on December ninth.
Rogers is a Hardin County farmer who also served as Senior Legislative Assistant for Agriculture for Congressman Lewis, before becoming District Director.
Bowling Green, KY – Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems has announced that it will discontinue cable reel manufacturing at its Smith Grove Road location in Scottsville, Kentucky. The change will result in the loss of about 160 jobs between March and September of 2004.
Executive Vice President David Jean says Sumitomo's parent companies have decided to get out of cable reel production. He says a much larger customer base is needed to fund the technology necessary to remain competitive.
Lexington,KY – Former Kentucky Educational Television Executive Director Virginia Fox will become Kentucky's Secretary of Education. Governor-elect Ernie Fletcher made the announcement this morning at an elementary school in Lexington.
Bowling Green/Washington D.C. – U-S Senator Jim Bunning says the new energy bill will create jobs and help the environment in Kentucky. The Republican from northern Kentucky says he is especially pleased that provisions relating to clean coal technology are in the final package. Those provisions will provide tax incentives for companies which adopt clean coal technology.
Washington, DC/Bowling Green – U-S Senator Mitch McConnell says he has secured over five million dollars in funding for the Kentucky TriModal Transpark. The money is included in the Senate Transportation Appropriations bill, and will be used to build and improve internal roads for the business park.
In addition, the legislation includes two and a half million dollars to replace six buses and one ADA bus that transport students at Western Kentucky University.
Frankfort, KY – Kentucky Governor Paul Patton says he chose to settle ethics charges he was facing---- not as an admission of guilt---- but because of how he felt the Executive Branch Ethics Commission intepreted the law. Patton agreed to two of the four violations the Commission leveled against him in March.
The Commission charged Kentucky's Governor with four instances of allegedly using his power and influence to benefit his former mistress, Tina Conner.
Knoxville, TN – U-S Senators Lamar Alexander and Bill Frist say an Energy Bill compromise reached in Washington contains a provision which will expand the TVA board. The Tennessee lawmakers say the board will change from three full-time members to nine part-time members and a Chief Executive Officer.
The change outlined in the energy legislation would mark a significant departure from past board practices at TVA. The Knoxville-based agency was founded in 1933.