Mosul, Iraq – A 101st Airborne Second Brigade Spokesman says a key Baath party figure has been killed in a raid. The Baath leader is described as a key figure plotting against coalition and Iraqi authorities.
Captain Brian Cope has identified the dead man as Abu Fares. The man was killed yesterday when he opened fire on U-S forces during a raid. Eight other people were arrested in the raid, which was conducted by members of the 101st Airborne, which is based at Fort Campbell.
Paducah, KY – Despite heavy spring rain in Western Kentucky this year, agriculture experts are predicting this season's tobacco crop will be better than last year's. Spring rains forced many farmers to plant their crops later than usual, but excellent summertime growing conditions offset losses expected from the delay.
General Manager Will Edd Clark of the Western Dark-Fired Tobacco Growers Association says most of the dark-fired tobacco is already in barns.
Washington, D.C. – The U-S Senate has approved a transportation bill that could result in more than 535 million dollars in federal highway funds for Kentucky. The Fiscal Year 2004 Transportation Spending Bill passed by a vote of 91 to 3.
Fort Campbell, KY – Officials at Fort Campbell say a funderal service will be held Friday, October 24th for Lieutenant Colonel Kim Orlando. He and two other military police officers were killed last week in Karbala, Iraq.
The service is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Memorial Chapel at Fort Campbell. The funeral is open to the public, but the internment service at Nashville National Cemetary is open only to friends and family.
Kuttawa, KY – One westbound lane of Interstate 24 in Western Kentucky remains closed as a precaution, after Sunday's chemical fire in a truck. The fire occurred on Sunday afternoon near Kuttawa.
A Kentucky State Trooper and four Kuttawa firefighters were treated for exposure to the chemical dibutyl-amino- ethanol, which is used in the manufacture of pesticides. Two other people near the accident site were sent to local hospitals for treatment.
Kuttawa, KY – The Kentucky State Police now say Interstate 24 near Kuttawa, Kentucky will remain closed in both directions for one to three days. A chemical used in the manufacture of pesticides has been burning at the scene, the result of a fire that broke out in the truck hauling the substance.
Frankfort, KY – Millionaire businessman and former political candidate Bruce Lunsford announced today that he is supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Ernie Fletcher. Lunsford ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in the May primary, before dropping out of the race.
Fletcher says he accepts Lunsford's support and he maintains the support is an indication that his campaign is able to build a consensus.
Karbala, Iraq – The Department of Defense says three 101st Airborne Division soldiers were killed in a firefight in Karbala. Forty three year old Lieutenant Colonel Kim Orlando of Tennessee was Commander of Fort Campbell's 716th Military Police Battalion. Twenty eight year old staff sergeant Joseph Bellavia of Wakefield, Massachusetts, was a military police team leader. Officials say twenty four year old Sean Gilley of San Bernadino, California was a team leader with the same company.